Discontinuance of a district institution.
32.—(1) The Minister, whenever he so thinks proper, after the holding of a public enquiry may by order direct any particular public assistance authority to discontinue, as from such date as is specified in that behalf in such order, a specified district institution for the time being maintained by that authority under this Act.
(2) Whenever the Minister makes an order under the foregoing sub-section of this section, the following provisions shall have effect, that is to say:—
(a) the Minister shall by such order make such (if any) provisions as appear to him to be necessary and proper in relation to matters incidental to or consequential on the discontinuance in pursuance of such order of the district institution to which such order relates;
(b) the Minister, if he so thinks proper, may by such order or a subsequent order direct the public assistance authority to which such order under the said foregoing sub-section applies to provide and maintain a district institution in substitution for the district institution discontinued in pursuance of such order;
(c) a direction given under the next preceding paragraph of this sub-section shall be deemed to be given under the next preceding section of this Act and that section shall apply accordingly;
(d) the public assistance authority to which such order under the said foregoing sub-section relates shall comply in all respects with such order.