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(1)[F1Subject to subsection (2) below, it] shall be the duty of every fire authority to enforce within their area the provisions of this Act and of regulations made under this Act, and for that purpose to appoint inspectors [F2and cause premises to be inspected]; but nothing in this [F3subsection] shall be taken to authorise a fire authority in Scotland to institute proceedings for any offence.
[F4(2)A fire authority shall have power to arrange with the Health and Safety Commission for such of the authority’s functions under this Act as may be specified in the arrangements to be performed on their behalf by the Health and Safety Executive (with or without payment) in relation to any particular premises so specified which are used as a place of work.]
[F5(3)In performing the duty imposed by subsection (1) above so far as it requires premises in their areas to be inspected, fire authorities shall act in accordance with such guidance as the Secretary of State may give them.]
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