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(1)This Act applies to Northern Ireland with the following modifications.
(2)For any reference to the Secretary of State in any provision of this Act except sections 19 and 20(1) there shall be substituted a reference to the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland; and for the reference in section 18(1) above to the Treasury there shall be substituted a reference to the Department of Finance and Personnel for Northern Ireland.
(3)The functions of the Secretary of State under sections 19 and 20(1) shall be exercisable by him jointly with the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland; and any notice under section 19(6) or advice under section 20(1) may be given to either of them.
(4)In section 20(5) above for the reference to Parliament there shall be substituted a reference to the Northern Ireland Assembly; and in section 21 above—
(a)for the references to Parliament or either House of Parliament there shall be substituted references to the Assembly;
(b)in subsection (5) after the word “if” there shall be inserted the words “within the statutory period (within the meaning of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954)”; and
(c)subsection (6) shall be omitted.
(5)In sections 22(5) and 26(1)(b) above for the references to section 1 of the Protection of Animals Act 1911 there shall be substituted references to sections 13 and 14 of the M1Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972.
(6)In section 25(1) above for the reference to information on oath there shall be substituted a reference to a complaint on oath.
(7)In section 26 above—
(a)in subsections (1) and (3) for the words “England and Wales” there shall be substituted the words “Northern Ireland”;
(b)in subsections (1), (3) and (5) for the references to the Director of Public Prosecutions there shall be substituted references to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland; and
(c)in subsection (3) for the reference to section 127(1) of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 there shall be substituted a reference to Article 19(1) of the M2Magistrates’ Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981.
(8)In section 27(3) above for the reference to the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 there shall be substituted a reference to Articles 12, 13 and 43 of the M3Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983.
(9)Section 28 above shall not apply and any order made by the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland under this Act shall be a statutory rule for the purposes of the M4Statutory Rules (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 and shall be subject to negative resolution within the meaning of section 41(6) of the M5Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.
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