High Hedges Bill - continued        House of Commons

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Supplementary provisions
Orders and regulations.     13. - (1) Any power of the Secretary of State to make an order or regulations under this Act shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.
 
      (2) A statutory instrument containing any regulations made by the Secretary of State under this Act (other than any regulations under section 16) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
 
      (3) No regulations under section 16 shall be made by the Secretary of State (whether alone or with other provisions) unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing the regulations has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.
 
      (4) Any order or regulations under this Act may-
 
 
    (a) contain such consequential, incidental, supplementary or transitional provisions or savings (including provisions applying, with or without modifications, provisions made by or under enactments) as the Secretary of State considers appropriate; and
 
    (b) make different provision for different cases.
Other documents.     14. - (1) Any complaint, notice or notification authorised or required to be made, issued or given by virtue of this Act must be in writing.
 
      (2) Any notification or other document required to be given or sent to any person by virtue of this Act shall be taken to be duly given or sent to him if served in accordance with the following provisions of this section.
 
      (3) Such a document may be served by delivering it to the person in question or by leaving it at his proper address, or by sending it by post to him at that address.
 
      (4) Such a document may-
 
 
    (a) in the case of a body corporate, be served on the secretary or clerk of that body;
 
    (b) in the case of a partnership, be served on a partner or a person having the control or management of the partnership business.
      (5) For the purposes of this section and of section 7 of the Interpretation Act 1978 (service of documents by post) in its application to this section, a person's proper address shall be his last known address, except that-
 
 
    (a) in the case of a body corporate or their secretary or clerk, it shall be the address of the registered or principal office of that body;
 
    (b) in the case of a partnership or person having the control or the management of the partnership business, it shall be the principal office of the partnership;
       and for the purposes of this subsection the principal office of a company registered outside the United Kingdom or of a partnership carrying on business outside the United Kingdom shall be their principal office within the United Kingdom.
 
      (6) If a person has specified an address in the United Kingdom other than his proper address within the meaning of subsection (5) above as the one at which he or someone on his behalf will accept documents of a particular description, that address shall also be treated for the purposes of this section and section 7 of the Interpretation Act 1978 as his proper address in connection with the service on him of a document of that description.
 
      (7) Where-
 
 
    (a) by virtue of this Act any document is required to be given or sent to the owner or occupier of any land, and
 
    (a) the name or address of any such person cannot after reasonable inquiry be ascertained,
       the document may be served either by leaving it in the hands of a person who is or appears to be resident or employed on the land or by leaving it conspicuously affixed to some building or object on the land.
 
Interpretation.     15. In this Act-
 
 
    "complaint" shall be construed in accordance with section 1(1) and (3);
 
    "the complainant" has the meaning given by section 1(2);
 
    "the compliance period" has the meaning given by section 5(6);
 
    "domestic property" has the meaning given by section 3(1);
 
    "high hedge" has the meaning given by section 2(1);
 
    "local authority", in relation to England, means-
 
      (a) a district council,
 
      (b) a county council for a county in which there are no districts,
 
      (c) a London borough council, or
 
      (d) the Common Council of the City of London;
 
    and, in relation to Wales, means a county council or a county borough council;
 
    "the neighbouring land" has the meaning given by section 1(2);
 
    "occupier", in relation to any land, means the person entitled to possession of the land by virtue of an estate or interest in it;
 
    "the operative date" shall be construed in accordance with sections 5(5) and 9(5) and (6);
 
    "owner", in relation to any land, means a person (other than a mortgagee not in possession) who, whether in his own right or as trustee for any person-
 
      (a) is entitled to receive the rack rent of the land, or
 
      (b) where the land is not let at a rack rent, would be so entitled if it were so let;
 
    "prescribed" means prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State;
 
    "the relevant authority" has the meaning given by section 1(2);
 
    "remedial notice" shall be construed in accordance with section 5(1).
Power to amend sections 1 and 2.     16. - (1) The Secretary of State may by regulations amend-
 
 
    (a) section 1(1) and (3) for the purpose of extending the scope of complaints to which this Act applies beyond-
 
      (i) domestic property, or
 
      (ii) unreasonable obstructions of light,
 
    or both;
 
    (b) the definition of "high hedge" in section 2(1) and any provision of section 2(2).
      (2) Any regulations under subsection (1) may make such consequential amendments of this Act as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.
 
Financial provisions.     17. There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament-
 
 
    (a) any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of this Act; and
 
    (b) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided by virtue of any other Act.
 
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