1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

      Application of this Act

   3   Office of Utilities Regulation

   4   Functions of the Office

      Licensing requirements

   4B   Application for a licence

   5   Secrecy

   6   Funds

   7   [Repealed by Act 14 of 2000 s 7.]

   8   Power to hold an enquiry

      Discretion to undertake or continue investigation

   9   Power to require measures to be taken

   10   Power to require returns

   11   Power to fix rates

   12   Application by approved organisation to fix rata

   13   Limit on rates

   14   Special contracts

   15   Acquisition of land, otherwise than by agreement

   16   Regulations

   17   Offences

   18   Repeal and transitional




[Date of Commencement: 25th April, 1995]

13 of 1995,
14 of 2000.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Office of Utilities Regulation Act.

2   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act-

   "approved organisation" .... [Repealed by Act 14 of 2000 s 2(a).]

   "Deputy Director-General" means a Deputy Director-General of the Office;

   "Director-General" means the Director-General of the Office;

   "enabling instrument" in relation to a specified organisation, means-

   (a)   any enactment other than this Act;

   (b)   any permit or other instrument in writing issued pursuant to a statutory power, by which the organisation is authorised to provide a prescribed utility service;

[14/2000 s 2(b).]

   "licence" means a licence issued pursuant to section 4B and "licensee" shall be construed accordingly;

[14/2000 s 2(c).]

   "prescribed utility service" means a utility service specified in the First Schedule;

[14/2000 s 2(c).]

   "responsible Minister" means, as respects any prescribed utility service, the Minister having portfolio responsibility for that service;

[14/2000 s 2(c).]

   "specified organisation" means an organisation or body of persons which immediately before the date of commencement of the Office of Utilities Regulation (Amendment) Act, 2000 was providing a prescribed utility service pursuant to an enabling instrument;

[14/2000 s 2(c).]

   "the Office" means the Office of Utilities Regulation established under section 3.

   "utility services" ... [Repealed by Act 14 of 2000 s 2(d).]

   "utility undertaking" ... [Repealed by Act 14 of 2000 s 2(d).]

   (2) The Minister may, by order subject to negative resolution, amend the First Schedule.

2A   Application of this Act

   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any enabling instrument this Act shall apply to-

   (a)   specified organisations; and

   (b)   licensees,

for the purpose of regulating the prescribed utility services provided by such specified organisations or licensees.

[14/2000 s 3.]

3   Office of Utilities Regulation

   (1) There is hereby established for the purposes of this Act, a body to be known as the Office of Utilities Regulation which shall be a body corporate to which section 28 of the Interpretation Act shall apply.

   (2) The provisions of the Second Schedule shall have effect as to the constitution of the Office and otherwise in relation thereto.

4   Functions of the Office

   (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the functions of the Office shall be to-

   (a)   regulate the provision of prescribed utility services by licensees or specified organisations;

   (b)   receive and process applications for a licence to provide a prescribed utility service and make such recommendations to the Minister in relation to the application as the Office considers necessary or desirable;

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