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(1)In this Act, a responsible authority is any person, body or office-holder exercising functions of a public character.
(2)The responsible authority in relation to a particular plan or programme is the authority by whom, or on whose behalf, the plan or programme is prepared.
(3)Where more than one authority is responsible for a plan or programme (or part of it) the responsible authority shall be—
(a)the authority determined by agreement between those authorities; or
(b)if there is no such agreement, the authority determined by the Scottish Ministers.
(4)But for the purposes of section 5(4)(a) the responsible authorities are—
(a)the Scottish Ministers;
(b)any holder of an office in the Scottish Administration which is not a ministerial office;
(c)the Scottish Parliament;
(d)the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body;
(e)a Scottish public authority with mixed functions or no reserved functions;
(f)any other person, body or office-holder of a description (and to such extent) as may be specified by the Scottish Ministers by order.
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