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(1)It shall be the general duty of the Executive to do such things and make such arrangements as it considers appropriate for the general purposes of this Part.
(2)In connection with the general purposes of this Part, the Executive shall—
(a)assist and encourage persons concerned with matters relevant to those purposes to further those purposes;
(b)make such arrangements as it considers appropriate for the carrying out of research and the publication of the results of research and the provision of training and information, and encourage research and the provision of training and information by others;
(c)make such arrangements as it considers appropriate to secure that the following persons are provided with an information and advisory service on matters relevant to those purposes and are kept informed of and are adequately advised on such matters—
(v)organisations representing employers or employees, and
(vi)other persons concerned with matters relevant to the general purposes of this Part.
(3)The Executive shall submit from time to time to the Secretary of State such proposals as the Executive considers appropriate for the making of regulations under any of the relevant statutory provisions.
(4)In subsections (1) to (3)—
(a)references to the general purposes of this Part do not include references to the railway safety purposes; and
(b)the reference to the making of regulations under the relevant statutory provisions does not include a reference so far as the regulations are made for the railway safety purposes.
(5)It shall be the duty of the Executive—
(a)to submit to the Secretary of State from time to time particulars of what it proposes to do for the purpose of performing of its functions;
(b)to ensure that its activities are in accordance with proposals approved by the Secretary of State; and
(c)to give effect to any directions given to it by the Secretary of State.
(6)The Executive shall provide a Minister of the Crown on request—
(a)with information about its activities in connection with any matter with which the Minister is concerned; and
(b)with advice on any matter with which he is concerned, where relevant expert advice is obtainable from any of the officers or servants of the Executive, but which is not relevant to the general purposes of this Part.]
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