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Mineral Development Act (Northern Ireland) 1969

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15(1)Where the amount of compensation which is payable in respect of any land to which a mining facilities order relates has been determined but for some reason it is not possible for the Ministry to obtain a good discharge therefor,—N.I.

(a)if the total amount of the compensation, or, where the compensation is payable by instalments, the first instalment thereof, is or exceeds two hundred pounds but does not exceed one thousand pounds, the Ministry shall pay the money into the county court;

(b)if the total amount of the compensation or, where the compensation is payable by instalments, the first instalment thereof, exceeds one thousand pounds, the Ministry shall pay the money into the High Court;

(c)if the compensation is payable by instalments and the amount of the first instalment is less than two hundred pounds, the provisions of head ( a) shall apply to that and any subsequent instalments when the amount of those instalments aggregates two hundred pounds;

and if any such compensation or the aggregate of any instalments thereof is less than two hundred pounds and has remained in the hands of the Ministry for a period of six years from the date on which the compensation or the first instalment thereof became payable, head ( a) shall apply to that compensation or those instalments and to all other corresponding sums falling due to the same person as if the words “ is or exceeds two hundred pounds but ” were omitted.

(2)Money paid into the county court or, as the case may be, the High Court under sub-paragraph (1) shall, subject to county court rules or rules of court, be dealt with according to the orders of the court.

(3)The payment of the compensation in the manner provided by sub-paragraph (1) shall operate to discharge the compensation fund from all claims and interests in respect of which the compensation is payable.

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