HC Deb 13 August 1919 vol 119 cc1591-2

(1) This Act may be cited as the Ministry of Ways and Communications Act, 1919.

(2). In this Act the expression "Government Department "includes any Government or other Public Department and any Minister of the Crown acting as the head of a Government Department, and for the purposes of this Act the Road Board and the Lord Lieutenant and the Privy Council of Ireland and the Commissioners of the Caledonian Canal and the Commissioners of the Conservancy of the River Mersey shall be deemed to be Government Departments, and the expression "tramway" includes a trackless trolley vehicle system, and the expression "undertaking" includes any services carried on a s ancillary to the principal business of the undertaking, and the expression "transport services by water" shall not include any transport service by sea other than such as is, or could under their existing statutory powers, or any extension thereof which may hereafter be authorised by Parliament, be established by the owners of any undertaking of which the Minister is for the time being in possession under this Act, and where an undertaking is leased to or worked by a company or person other than. the owners, the expression "the owners of an undertaking" shall include that company or person, except where such an interpretation is inconsistent with the terms of the lease or working agreement, and except for the purposes of the provisions of this Act relating to payments to be made to or by the owners of an undertaking in respect of any reduction or enhancement of the value of the undertaking.

(3) Any Order in Council under this Act may be altered or revoked by a subsequent Order.

Lords Amendments:

In Sub-section (1), leave out the words "Ways and Communications," and insert instead thereof the word "Transport."—Agreed to.

In Sub-section (2), after the word "Act" ["In this Act the expression"], insert the words "unless the context otherwise requires."—Agreed to.

In Sub-section (2), leave out the words "or other public" ["includes any Government or other public Department"].—Agreed to.

In Sub-section (2), after the word "Ireland" ["Lord Lieutenant and the Privy Council of Ireland"], insert the words "the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland and the Congested Districts Board for Ireland."—Agreed to.

In Sub-section (2), after the word "system" ["trackless trolley vehicle system"], insert the words "and the expression easement includes any right in or over land."—Agreed to.

Leave out Sub-section (3).—Agreed to.

Lords Amendment:

Insert new Schedule: