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The Water Authorities etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1974

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Annual reports and accounts of river authorities and kindred authorities

4.—(1) The provisions of this article shall have effect in the case of any authority mentioned in column (1) of the following table; and in this article “the transferor authority” means any such authority and “the water authority”, in relation to that authority, means the authority mentioned in relation to that authority in column (2) of the table.

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(1)(2)
The Avon and Dorset River AuthorityThe Wessex Water Authority
The Essex River AuthorityThe Anglian Water Authority
The Kent River AuthorityThe Southern Water Authority
The Severn River AuthorityThe Severn-Trent Water Authority
Any other river authorityThe water authority in whose area the area of the authority mentioned in column (1) is comprised
The Lee Conservancy Catchment BoardThe Thames Water Authority
The Isle of Wight River and Water AuthorityThe Southern Water Authority

(2) In relation to every transferor authority, the water authority shall, before 1st October 1974, send to the Secretary of State and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food a report relating to the proceedings of the transferor authority in respect of the year ending on 31st March 1974, and a similar report in respect of any preceding year, if such a report was not sent to the said Ministers by the transferor authority before their dissolution, and shall at the same time send a copy of any such report to the council of any county (within the meaning of the 1972 Act) which was wholly or partly included in the area of the transferor authority immediately before 1st April 1974.

(3) Any such report shall be in the form set out in a direction dated 4th July 1966 given to river authorities by the Minister of Housing and Local Government, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and the Secretary of State for Wales under section 110(1) of the 1963 Act, and shall contain particulars with respect to the matters specified in the Schedule to that direction.

(4) The Secretary of State shall lay before each House of Parliament a copy of any report sent to him under this article.

(5) As soon as the accounts of the transferor authority have been audited, the water authority shall send a copy of them to the Secretary of State and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and shall at the same time send a copy to the council of every county mentioned in paragraph (2) above; and a copy of the accounts shall be kept at the office of the water authority and any person interested shall be entitled, without payment, to inspect and take copies of, or extracts from, the copy of the accounts.

(6) Copies of any such report as is mentioned in paragraph (2) of this article and of statements summarising the accounts of the transferor authority shall be furnished to any person on application and on payment of such reasonable sum as the water authority may determine.

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