Minerals Development Act, 1940

Preliminary consideration of applications and references to Board.

44.—Whenever the Minister has received an application for an an unworked minerals licence, an ancillary rights licence, or a preservation of support order, the Minister shall at the expiration of the prescribed time for the making of representations by persons on whom a copy of such applications has been served in pursuance of this Part of this Act, do the following things or such of them as shall be applicable, that is to say:—

(a) he shall consider such application;

(b) he shall also consider all (if any) such representations as aforesaid as have been made within the said prescribed time;

(c) if the Minister is not satisfied that a prima facie case has been made for the grant of the licence or order applied for, he shall refuse the application;

(d) if the Minister does not refuse the application in pursuance of the next preceding paragraph of this sub-section, he shall refer the application to the Board.