The Burgh Sewerage, Drainage, and Water Supply (Scotland) Act 1901, sec. 5, enacts-‘The powers and duties of the town council of any burgh, as the authority under the principal Act [ i.e., by sec. 1, the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act 1892 (55 and 56 Vict. cap. 55)] with reference to sewerage and drainage or water supply, shall extend to the whole area of the burgh as existing for the purposes of the Public Health (Scotland) Act 1897, and the town council of any burgh as the authority under the principal Act, in addition to the powers conferred upon them by the principal Act or any other Act, shall, with reference to sewerage and drainage or water supply within such area, have the same rights, powers, and privileges as are conferred by the Public Health (Scotland) Act 1897 upon local authorities under that Act in districts other than burghs, with the exception of the rights, powers, and privileges conferred by sections one hundred and twenty-two and one hundred and thirty-one of the last-mentioned Act, to which sections the present section shall not apply, and in so far as necessary for giving effect to this enactment the last-mentioned Act, and the Acts and parts of Acts incorporated therewith, are, subject to the necessary modifications, incorporated with the principal Act. . . ‘
Held that under the above-quoted section a burgh, in the formation of sewers, is entitled to proceed either (1) under the provisions of the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act 1892, or (2) under the provisions of the Public Health (Scotland) Act 1897, both of which are a complete code within themselves; and in particular, having proceeded under the Act of 1897, a burgh is not bound to obtain the consent of proprietors required by sec. 217 of the Act of 1892.
Lord Chancellor (Loreburn), Lord Robertson, and Lord Collins
 UKHL 337
Local Government, Utilities
Updated: 26 April 2022; Ref: scu.621495