HL Deb 08 July 1959 vol 217 cc929-31

After Clause 2, insert the following new clause—

Supplementary provisions as to licensing of sites

("(1) Where in the case of an application for a nuclear site licence in respect of any site received by the Minister after the commencement of this Act it appears to the Minister appropriate so to do, he may direct the applicant to serve on such bodies of any of the following descriptions as may be specified in the direction, that is to say—

  1. (a) any local authority;
  2. (b) any river board, any local fisheries committee and any statutory water undertakers within the meaning of the Water Acts, 1945 and 1948;
  3. (c) any river purification board within the meaning of the Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) (Scotland) Act, 1951, any district board constituted under the Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Acts, 1328 to 1868, the board of 930 commissioners appointed under the Tweed Fisheries Act, 1857, and any local water authority within the meaning of the Water (Scotland) Acts, 1946 and 1949; and
  4. (d) any other body which is a public or local authority,
notice that the application has been made, giving such particulars as may be so specified with respect to the use proposed to be made of the site under the licence, and stating that representations with respect thereto may be made to the Minister by the body upon whom the notice is served at any time within three months of the date of service; and where such a direction has been given, the Minister shall not grant the licence unless he is satisfied that three months have elapsed since the service of the last of the notices required thereby nor until after he has considered any representations made in accordance with any of those notices:

Provided that this subsection shall not apply in relation to an application in respect of a site for a generating station made by an electricity board within the meaning of the Electricity Acts, 1947 and 1957, or of the Electricity (Scotland) Acts, 1943 to 1957, or by any authorised undertakers within the meaning of the Electricity (Supply) Acts (Northern Ireland). 1882 to 1959.

(2) While a nuclear site licence remains in force in respect of any site, the Minister shall consider any representations by any organisation representing persons having duties upon the site which may from time to time be made to him with a view to the exercise by him in relation to the site of any of his powers under subsection (3) of section one of this Act.

(3) The Minister shall maintain a list showing every site in respect of which a nuclear site licence has been granted by him and including a map or maps showing the position and limits of each such site, and make arrangements for that list or a copy thereof to be available for inspection by the public; and he shall cause notice of those arrangements to be made public in such manner as may appear to him appropriate:

Provided that the said list shall not be required to show any site or part of a site in the case of which no nuclear site licence is for the time being in force and thirty years have elapsed since the expiration of the last licensee's period of responsibility.")


My Lords, with your Lordships' permission I should like to speak on Amendments Nos. 12 and 28 together. This new clause set out in Amendment No. 12 covers several miscellaneous matters relating to the licensing of sites, one of which—the notification of statutory water undertakers—was the subject of a proposal by the noble Lord, Lord Latham, during our discussions in Committee last December. The second Amendment, No. 28, is consequential, and adapts subsection (1) of the new clause in its application to Northern Ireland. I beg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(Lord Mills.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.