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Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982

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18 Interpretation: general.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In the preceding provisions of this Act and this section—

  • bailee”, in relation to a [F1relevant contract for the hire of goods] means (depending on the context) a person to whom the goods are bailed under the contract, or a person to whom they are to be so bailed, or a person to whom the rights under the contract of either of those persons have passed;

  • bailor”, in relation to a [F1relevant contract for the hire of goods], means (depending on the context) a person who bails the goods under the contract, or a person who agrees to do so, or a person to whom the duties under the contract of either of those persons have passed;

  • business” includes profession and the activities of any government department or local or public authority;

  • credit-broker” means a person acting in the course of a business of credit brokerage carried on by him;

  • credit brokerage” means the effecting of introductions—

    (a)

    of individuals desiring to obtain credit to persons carrying on any business so far as it relates to the provision of credit; or

    (b)

    of individuals desiring to obtain goods on hire to persons carrying on a business which comprises or relates to the bailment [F2or as regards Scotland the hire]of goods under a [F1relevant contract for the hire of goods]; or

    (c)

    of individuals desiring to obtain credit, or to obtain goods on hire, to other credit-brokers;

  • enactment” means any legislation (including subordinate legislation) of the United Kingdom or Northern Ireland;

  • goods[F3includes all personal chattels, other than things in action and money, and as regards Scotland all corporeal moveables; and in particular “goods” includes] emblements, industrial growing crops, and things attached to or forming part of the land which are agreed to be severed before the transfer [F3bailment or hire]concerned or under the contract concerned F4. . .;

  • hire-purchase agreement” has the same meaning as in the 1974 Act;

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  • F6property”, in relation to goods, means the general property in them and not merely a special property;

  • F7. . .

  • F8. . .

  • F5...

  • F9. . .

  • transferee”, in relation to a [F10relevant contract for the transfer of goods], means (depending on the context) a person to whom the property in the goods is transferred under the contract, or a person to whom the property is to be so transferred, or a person to whom the rights under the contract of either of those persons have passed;

  • transferor”, in relation to a [F10relevant contract for the transfer of goods], means (depending on the context) a person who transfers the property in the goods under the contract, or a person who agrees to do so, or a person to whom the duties under the contract of either of those persons have passed.

(2)In subsection (1) above, in the definitions of bailee, bailor, transferee and transferor, a reference to rights or duties passing is to their passing by assignment [F11assignation], operation of law or otherwise.

[F12(3)For the purposes of this Act, the quality of goods includes their state and condition and the following (among others) are in appropriate cases aspects of the quality of goods—

(a)fitness for all the purposes for which goods of the kind in question are commonly supplied,

(b)appearance and finish,

(c)freedom from minor defects,

(d)safety, and

(e)durability.

F13( 4 ). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .]

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F2Words in s. 18(1) in para. (b) of the definition of "credit-brokerage" inserted (3.1.1995) by 1994 c. 35, ss. 6, 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 2(a) (with s. 8(3))

F3Words in s. 18(1) in the definition of "goods" substituted (3.1.1995) by 1994 c. 35, ss. 6, 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 2(b)(i)(ii) (with s. 8(3))

F4Words in s. 18(1) in the definition of "goods" repealed (3.1.1995) by 1994 c. 35, ss. 6, 7, 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 2(b)(iii), Sch.3 (with s. 8(3))

F5Definitions of “producer” and “repair” in s. 18(1) omitted (1.10.2015) by virtue of Consumer Rights Act 2015 (c. 15), s. 100(5), Sch. 1 para. 52(2); S.I. 2015/1630, art. 3(g) (with art. 6(1))

F6Definition of "producer" in s. 18(1) inserted by (31.3.2003) by The Sale and Supply of Goods to Consumers Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/3045), reg. 12(2)

F7In s. 18 the definition of "quality" repealed (3.1.1995) by 1994 c. 35, s. 7, Sch. 2 para. 6(10), Sch. 3

F8S. 18: definitions repealed (E.W.S.) (6.4.2005) by The Regulatory Reform (Trading Stamps) Order 2005 {S.I. 2005/871}, {art. 5(e)}; (N.I.) (15.11.2005) by The Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/1452 (N.I. 7)), arts. 21(2)(c), 24, Sch. 2; S.R. 2005/494, art. 2(1)(b)(d)

F9Definition of "repair" in s. 18(1) inserted (31.3.2003) by The Sale and Supply of Goods to Consumers Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/3045), reg. 12(2)

F11Words in s. 18(2) inserted (3.1.1995) by 1994 c. 35, ss. 6, 8(2), Sch. 1 para.3 (with s. 8(3))

F12S. 18(3)(4) inserted (3.1.1995) by 1994 c. 35, ss. 7, 8(2), Sch. 2 para. 6(10) (with s. 8(3))

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