Harbours, Docks, and Piers (Temporary Increase of Charges) Act 1920

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1920 c. 21


Harbours, Docks, and Piers (Temporary Increase of Charges) Act, 1920.

(10 & 11 Geo. 5.) CHAPTER 21.

An Act to make provision for the temporary modification of the charges which may be made in respect of Ports, Harbour, Dock, and Pier Undertakings.

[4th August 1920]

Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Modifications of statutory provisions affecting charges.

1 Modifications of statutory provisions affecting charges.

(1) Where it appears to the Minister of Transport to be expedient, having regard to the cost of labour and materials, or any other circumstances, that an order under this section should be made with regard to any port, harbour, dock, or pier undertaking, the Minister may, if he thinks fit, by order provide for the modification of any statutory provisions regulating the charges to be made in respect of any such undertaking, and of any statutory provisions consequential on or supplemental to any such provisions as aforesaid, for such period during the continuance of this Act, in such manner, and subject to such conditions, as appear to the Minister to be just and reasonable:

Provided that—

(a ) Where the undertakers are commissioners or any other authority or public body of persons carrying on otherwise than for purposes of private profit any such undertaking, no modification in the statutory provisions regulating the charges to be made by the undertakers shall be authorised which is more than sufficient, so far as can be estimated, to enable the undertaking to be carried on without loss; and

(b ) In any other case, no such modification shall be authorised which is more than sufficient to provide, with due care and management, for interest on loan capital and for a reasonable return on share capital, regard being had to the pre-war financial condition of the undertaking and its prospective development.

(2) Before making an order in pursuance of the powers conferred by this Act, the Minister shall refer the matter to the rates advisory committee constituted under section twenty-one of the Ministry of Transport Act, 1919 , for their consideration and report: Provided that, if it appears to the Minister that there is ground for making an order, and that the case is one of urgency, he may, without any such reference and without any such notices as are hereinafter required, make an interim order increasing the statutory maximum charges by such amount and subject to such conditions as he thinks proper; but an interim order shall not remain in force for more than six months, and where any interim order is made the Minister shall forthwith refer the matter to the rates advisory committee.

(3) The power of making orders under this section shall include a power of making orders, with a view to discouraging avoidable...

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