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Overhead Electricity Cables (Regulations)

Volume 477: debated on Tuesday 4 July 1950

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asked the Minister of Transport what are the present regulations regarding the height of overhead electricity cables which cross navigable rivers.

So far as tidal waters are concerned, Section 34 of the Coast Protection Act, 1949, provides that my prior consent is required to any works, including electricity cables, over any part of the seashore below high water mark of ordinary spring tides if they are likely to cause obstruction or danger to navigation. Since 1922 special Orders made under the Electricity (Supply) Acts also include a section providing that the undertaker shall not construct works over the shores of tidal waters without my consent. In giving my consent it is my practice to specify a height which will avoid interference with navigation. I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Fuel and Power that the Overhead Line Regulations, ELC. 53 (1947 Revised) prescribe certain minimum heights for general observance, but not specifically in relation to navigable waters.