Utilities Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART I, NEW REGULATORY ARRANGEMENTS - continued

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Co-operation between Authority and Council.     7. - (1) The Authority and the Council shall make arrangements with a view to securing-
 
 
    (a) co-operation and the exchange of information between them; and
 
    (b) consistent treatment of matters which affect both of them.
      (2) As soon as practicable after agreement is reached on those arrangements, the Authority and the Council shall prepare a memorandum setting them out and send a copy of it to the Secretary of State.
 
      (3) Arrangements under this section shall be kept under review by the Authority and the Council.
 
      (4) As soon as practicable after agreement is reached on any changes to those arrangements, the Authority and the Council shall revise their memorandum and send a copy of the revised memorandum to the Secretary of State.
 
      (5) The Secretary of State shall lay a copy of any document received by him under this section before each House of Parliament.
 
Payments by licence holders relating to new arrangements.     8. - (1) In this section "payment conditions" means-
 
 
    (a) in relation to a gas licence, conditions included in the licence by virtue of section 7B(4)(c) of the 1986 Act; or
 
    (b) in relation to an electricity licence, conditions included in the licence by virtue of section 7(1)(b) of the 1989 Act.
      (2) The payment conditions of a gas licence or an electricity licence may (without prejudice to the generality of the provisions mentioned in subsection (1)) require the payment by the licence holder of sums relating to any of the expenses mentioned in subsection (3).
 
      (3) Those expenses are-
 
 
    (a) the expenses of the Council; and
 
    (b) the expenses of the Secretary of State in relation to the establishment of the Authority and the Council.
      (4) The Authority may, in accordance with this section, modify any payment conditions of a gas licence or an electricity licence where the Authority considers it necessary or expedient to do so in consequence of-
 
 
    (a) the establishment of the Authority or the Council; or
 
    (b) the abolition of any office or body mentioned in section 1(3) or 2(3).
      (5) Where the Authority modifies any payment conditions of a licence under subsection (4) it may make such incidental or consequential modifications as it considers necessary or expedient of the other conditions of the licence.
 
      (6) Before modifying the conditions of a licence under subsection (4) or (5) the Authority shall consult the licence holder.
 
      (7) The powers of the Authority under subsections (4) and (5) may not be exercised after the end of the period of two years beginning with the commencement of this section.
 
      (8) The Secretary of State may give directions to the Authority for the purpose of securing that sums relating to any of the expenses mentioned in subsection (3) are included in the sums payable by virtue of payment conditions in gas licences and electricity licences; and the Authority shall comply with any such direction.
 
 
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