176. Extent of the right to withdraw support from land in relation to coal-mining operations.

On and after the restructuring date1, any licensed operator2 is entitled, so far as may be reasonably requisite for the carrying on of any coal-mining operations3 to which the licensing requirements apply4, to withdraw support from certain land5. This provision applies to any land, not being land comprised in an underground coal mine6, if:

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    (1)     a notice relating to that land has been given7 and has come into force8;

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    (2)     immediately before the restructuring date the British Coal Corporation was entitled under and in accordance with the statutory provisions then in force