414. Powers under the Opencast Coal Act 1958.

Under the Opencast Coal Act 1958, for the purpose of facilitating the working of coal by opencast operations, the Coal Authority1 had power, by means of a compulsory rights order made by the Authority and confirmed by the appropriate national authority2, to confer3 temporary rights of occupation and use of any land4 on which the applicant for the order desired to work coal5 by such operations or to carry out operations incidental to such working6. When such an order has been made, compensation in respect of it is payable7.

There was also a power to suspend certain public rights of