Public Utilities (Emergency Powers) Act (Northern Ireland) 1972

Document Number:1972 CHAPTER 2
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 01/01/2006


An Act to confer powers on certain undertakers to enter upon, and to carry out works on, land in cases of emergency; and for purposes connected therewith.

[8 th February, 1972]

1 Authority to gas and electricity undertakers to exercise certain emergency powers.N.I.

(1) Where, on an application made to it by any gas or electricity undertakers, it appears to the Ministry of Commerce that, for the purpose, in a case of emergency, of securing or restoring the supply or distribution of gas or electricity to the community or any part of the community, it is necessary for those undertakers to enter upon and carry out works on any land, the Ministry may authorise those undertakers to exercise the powers set out in section 3.

(2) In this section “gas undertakers” means[F1 a licence holder within the meaning of Part II of the Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996] and “electricity undertakers” means[F2 a public electricity supplier (within the meaning of Part II of the Electricity (Northern Ireland) Order 1992;].


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F11996 NI 2

F21992 NI 1

S.2 rep. by 1973 NI 2

3 Emergency powers to enter land and carry out works.N.I.

Where undertakers are authorised by the Ministry of Commerce under section 1 …F3 to exercise the powers set out in this section, any officer or servant of those undertakers and any person authorised in writing by those undertakers may—

(a) on production if so required of his credentials, at any time without notice, whether or not the owner or occupier of the land gives his consent and by force, if necessary, enter upon any land for the purpose of carrying out on that land any works mentioned in paragraph ( b) or cross any land with or without vehicles, machinery or other equipment for the purpose of carrying out any such works on other land;

(b) whether or not the owner or occupier...

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