HC Deb 18 June 1974 vol 875 cc399-400
Mr. Harold Walker

I beg to move Amendment No. 119, in page 89, line 7, leave out '(2) to (5)'.

This is a small corrective amendment. Section 151(1) of the Quarries Act imposes duties on owners of abandoned mines, and mines that have been disused for a year or more, in respect of the fencing of disused shafts and outlets. Subsections (2) to (5) make provision for local authorities to enforce that requirement by dealing with such shafts and outlets as "statutory nuisances" under the Public Health Act 1936.

No change in these arrangements is contemplated. Since local authorities are responsible for ensuring that the duty on mine owners in Subsection (1) is complied with, and use procedures under another Act for dealing with non-compliance, it is simpler and more appropriate to designate the whole of Section 151 as not being a relevant statutory provision, and not something for which the commission and enforcing authorities under the Bill are responsible.

Amendment agreed to.

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