§ (1) Where two or more parts of a mine are worked separately, the owner, agent, or manager of the mine may give notice in writing to that effect to the inspector of the division, and thereupon each such part shall, for all the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be a separate mine:
§ Provided that, where each of such parts of a mine has not a separate system of ventilation, a mine shall not be so divided except with the permission of the inspector of the division and subject to such conditions as he may prescribe.
§ (2) If the Secretary of State is of opinion that the division of a mine in pursuance of this Section tends to lead to evasion of the provisions of this Act, or otherwise to prevent the carrying of the Act into effect, he may object to the division by notice served on the owner, agent, or manager of the mine; and if the owner, agent, or manager refuses to acquiesce in such objection, the matter shall be determined in manner provided by this Act for settling disputes.
§ Amendment made: At end of Sub-section (1), insert,
§ (2) Every notice given under the foregoing provision must specify the points of separation on all roads connecting the different parts of the mine.—[Mr. Masterman.]