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53. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, this Order and any regulations or orders made under it bind the Crown to the full extent authorised or permitted by the constitutional laws of Northern Ireland.
(2) No contravention by the Crown of any provision of this Order or of any regulations or order made under it makes the Crown criminally liable.
(3) Despite paragraph (2), this Order and any regulations or orders made under it apply to persons in Crown employment (within the meaning of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (NI 16)) as they apply to other persons.
(4) Paragraph (2) of Article 10 does not apply in relation to any activity carried out by the Crown.
(5) Each government department and other body performing functions on behalf of the Crown—
(a)if the department or body engages in regulated activity, is the regulated activity provider in relation to the activity;
(b)if the department or body engages in controlled activity, is the responsible person (within the meaning of Article 27) in relation to the activity.
(6) In paragraph (5) “body” includes office-holder.
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