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Civil Defence Act 1939

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72Directions to local authorities to discharge functions with respect to air-raid precautions

(1)The Minister may direct any local authority charged under the Act of 1937 with the duty of preparing an air-raid precautions scheme to discharge such functions, with respect to any matter which could be included in such a scheme made by that authority, as may be specified in the direction, whether or not a scheme providing for that matter has been made.

(2)The council of any county may with the consent of the Minister, and shall when so required by him, direct the council of any county district in that county to discharge such functions, with respect to any matter which could be included in an air-raid general precautions scheme made by the county council, as may be specified in the direction, whether or not a scheme providing for that matter has been made.

(3)If the council of a county fail to give any direction which the Minister has required them to give under the last preceding subsection, the Minister may give the direction himself.

(4)It shall be the duty of a local authority who receive a direction under this section to discharge the functions specified in the direction.

(5)Where the expenses incurred by the council of a county district in discharging functions specified in a direction given to them by the county council are not repaid to the district council by the county council, the county council shall repay to the district council any amount raised by the county council in the district in respect of the cost of similar functions discharged by the county council in other parts of the county. Any question that may arise between a county council and a district council under this subsection shall be determined by the Minister.

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