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Civil Defence Act 1939

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43General duty as to factories, mines and public utility undertakings

(1)It shall be the duty of the occupier of any factory premises, of the owner of any mine and of the persons carrying on any public utility undertaking to take forthwith any necessary measures to secure that in the event of war, throughout any period of darkness—

(a)no light is allowed to appear from within any building on the premises, or used for the purposes of the mine or undertaking; and

(b)no lights not within a building remain alight, unless they are essential for the conduct of work of national importance, are adequately shaded, are reduced in power and, save where the Minister otherwise directs, are capable of instant extinction at any time :

Provided that this subsection shall not apply to any light exhibited solely in the interests of navigation.

(2)A factory inspector may serve on the occupier of any factory premises, a mines inspector may serve on the owner of any mine and the appropriate department may serve on the persons carrying on any public utility undertaking, a notice in writing requiring the occupier, owner or persons, within the time specified in the notice, to take such measures as may be specified in the notice, being such measures as are mentioned in subsection (1) of this section.

(3)This section does not apply to any of the matters dealt with in the next succeeding section.

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