1.—(a) In this Scheme unless the context otherwise requires
the Minister" means the Minister of Transport;
the Railways Board" means the British Railways Board;
the other Boards" means the London Transport Board, the British Transport Docks Board and the British Waterways Board;
the Holding Company" means the Transport Holding Company;
the assets" means the property and rights which immediately before the first day of January One thousand nine hundred and sixty-three were comprised in that part of the undertaking of the British Transport Commission which constituted the department for which their Curator of Historical Relics was responsible and were transferred to the Railways Board on the first day of January One thousand nine hundred and sixty-three by section 31(2)(f) of the Transport Act 1962:
the relics" means so much of the assets as consists of historical relics.
§ 2. It shall be the duty of the Railways Board under this Scheme:—
- (a) subject to the provisions of this Scheme to preserve the relics;
- (b) for that purpose to provide and maintain suitable accommodation for the relics in a place or places agreed with the other Boards and the Holding Company or failing agreement as shall be determined by the Minister and to employ an adequate number of suitable persons to have the custody and supervision thereof;
- (c) to afford to each of the other Boards and the Holding Company reasonable facilities for borrowing any of the relics having special associations with the undertaking of such other Board or the Holding Company on such terms and conditions as may be agreed between the parties from time to time or in the event of disagreement as may be determined by the Minister upon the application of either of them after notice to the other; and
- (d) to afford to each of the other Boards and the Holding Company reasonable facilities for access free of charge to any relics having special associations with the undertaking of such other Board or the Holding Company including facilities for the inspection and photographing thereof.
§ 3. The Railways Board may—
- (a) make such arrangements as they think fit for the exhibition either publicly or privately of such of the relics as it may from time to time be convenient and practicable for them to exhibit either publicly or privately as the case may be;
- (b) make such charges for or in connection with the admission of any person to any exhibition by them of any of the relics and may make such admission subject to such terms and conditions as they may think fit;
- (c) enter into agreements on such terms as they think fit for the loan or transfer by way of gift sale or otherwise of any of the relics to any person desirous of preserving studying or exhibiting those relics who appears to them to be a fit and proper person to have the custody thereof either temporarily or permanently as the case may be;
- (d) enter into agreements with any person for the payment of contributions by such person towards the expenses incurred by the Board in preserving or exhibiting the relics or any of them;
- (e) dispose by way of gift sale or otherwise of any relic which in their opinion is no longer required to be preserved as part of the relics; and
- (f) use for the purposes of their business any of the assets other than the relics or dispose of any of those assets which in their opinion is not required by them for the purposes of their business.
§ 4. (a) Before disposing or entering into any agreement for the transfer to any person not being any other Board or the Holding Company of any relic having special associations with the undertaking of any other Board or the Holding Company (in this subparagraph referred to as "the interested Board") the Railways Board shall give not less than one month's notice in writing to the interested Board of their intention to dispose or enter into an agreement for the 144W transfer of such relic and if before the expiration of the period specified in the notice the interested Board give to the Railways Board a counter notice in writing requiring such relic to be transferred to the interested Board the relic shall be so transferred without payment but otherwise on such terms and conditions as may be agreed between the Railways Board and the interested Board or in the event of disagreement as may be determined by the Minister upon the application of either of them after notice to the other.
§ (b) The other Board or Holding Company to which any relic is transferred by the Railways Board under any of the provisions of this Scheme shall as from the date of transfer become subject to the same duties and may exercise the same powers in respect of that relic as the Railways Board would have been subject to or entitled to exercise if the relic had not been transferred.
§ 5. The expenses incurred by the Railways Board in carrying out their functions under this Scheme shall be shared between the Railways Board the other Boards and the Holding Company in such proportions as may be agreed between them from time to time or in the event of disagreement as may be determined by the Minister upon the application of any of them after notice to the others and the Railways Board shall be entitled to recover from the other Boards or the Holding Company the amounts of their respective contributions as from time to time ascertained in accordance with those proportions.
§ 6. This Scheme may be cited as the British Transport Historical Relics Scheme 1963 and shall come into operation on the first day of July One thousand nine hundred and sixty-five.