Saint Laurence's Hospital Act, 1943

Compulsory acquisition of land by the Minister.

22.—(1) If and whenever the Minister thinks proper to acquire compulsorily any land under this Part of this Act, the Minister may, by order, declare his intention so to acquire such land, and every such order shall operate to confer on the Minister full power to acquire compulsorily the land mentioned therein under and in accordance with this section.

(2) Before making an order under this section, the Minister—

(a) shall deposit and keep open for inspection at some suitable place (public notice of which shall be given) such plans, specifications, and other documents as will show fully and clearly the land intended to be acquired by virtue of the order, and

(b) shall give notice, in such manner as he may consider best adapted for informing persons likely to be affected by the order, of his intention to consider the making thereof and of the manner in which representations and objections in respect of the order may be made, and

(c) shall, if he considers it expedient so to do, cause a public inquiry to be held in regard to the making of the order.

(3) An order made under this section may incorporate—

(a) the Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act, 1919 , as amended by the Acquisition of Land (Reference Committee) Act, 1925 (No. 22 of 1925), and

(b) the Lands Clauses Acts so far as the same are not inconsistent with the said Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act, 1919 .

(4) Nothing in this section shall authorise the Minister to acquire compulsorily under this section any land which at the date of the first publication of notice of the intention of the Minister to consider the making of an order in that behalf belongs to any railway, electricity, gas, or water undertaker and is used or authorised to be used by such undertaker for the purpose of his undertaking.

(5) The following provisions shall have effect in relation to any public inquiry held under this section—

(a) the Minister shall appoint a fit and proper person to hold such inquiry;

(b) such person is hereby authorised to administer oaths to persons appearing as witnesses at such inquiry;

(c) any person interested in the subject matter of such inquiry shall be entitled to appear thereat personally or by counsel or solicitor and to adduce evidence.