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(1)The Scottish Ministers shall prepare, or cause to be prepared for their approval, and from time to time revise, or cause to be revised for their approval, codes of practice containing guidance as to the exercise by—
(a)local authorities and their chief social work officers and mental health officers;
(b)continuing and welfare attorneys;
(c)persons authorised under intervention orders;
(f)managers of authorised establishments;
(h)persons authorised to carry out medical treatment or research under Part 5,
of their functions under this Act and as to such other matters arising out of or connected with this Act as the Scottish Ministers consider appropriate.
(2)Before preparing or approving any code of practice under this Act or making or approving any alteration in it the Scottish Ministers shall consult such bodies as appear to them to be concerned.
(3)The Scottish Ministers shall lay copies of any such code and of any alteration in it before the Parliament.
(4)The Scottish Ministers shall publish every code of practice made under this Act as for the time being in force.
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