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New Clause—(Saving For Existing Powers As To Generating Stations)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 6 May 1943

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Where consent is given by the Electricity Commissioners under Section twenty-two of this Act or under Section eleven of the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1919, as amended by any subsequent enactment, to the establishment of a new, or the extension of an existing, generating station in the North of Scotland District by any body or person nothing in this Act shall prevent the exercise of any powers otherwise competent to that body or person, in relation to the construction or extension of the station and the carrying out of any other works necessary for the operation of the station.

Brought up, and read the First time.

I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

This is a new Clause to achieve a very limited object. Now that we have authorised in certain Clauses the Electricity Commissioners to consent to persons other than the Board putting up new generating stations, there might be thought to be some conflict between those Clauses of the Bill and the earlier part of the Bill which gives the Board monopoly powers with regard to development. In order to prevent there being any misapprehension here, I think it right to provide in this new Clause that once a consent has been obtained under the Bill to put up any new works nothing else in the Act is to take away from the general power of that consent.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.