Railways Act, 1924

Accounts, returns and statistics.

69.—(1) The accounts to be rendered by the amalgamated company under the Railway Companies (Accounts and Returns) Act, 1911 , shall be compiled in such manner as may be prescribed by the Minister after consultation with the amalgamated company.

(2) It shall be the duty of the amalgamated company to compile and render to the Minister in such manner and form as he may direct such statistics and returns as he may require.

(3) For the purpose of this Act the Minister or any officer duly authorised by him shall have power to make such investigations into the affairs of the amalgamated company as he may deem necessary, and shall have access to the books, accounts and returns of the amalgamated company, and the officers and servants of the company shall afford to the Minister or any such duly authorised officer such facilities as he may require.

(4) The powers of the Minister under this section shall be in addition to and not in derogation of any powers of holding enquiries conferred on him under this or any other Act.

(5) In the event of non-compliance on the part of the amalgamated company with any requirements of this section, the requirement shall be enforceable by order of the railway tribunal on the application of the Minister.

(6) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to authorise any limitation of or interference with the control of the proprietors of any undertaking over the purposes to which its expenditure is to be applied.