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[F2(1)The Disability Rights Commission may prepare and issue codes of practice giving practical guidance on how to avoid discrimination, or on any other matter relating to the operation of any provision of Part 2, 3 or 4, to—
(c)bodies which are responsible bodies for the purposes of Chapter 1 or 2 of Part 4; or
(d)other persons to whom the provisions of Parts 2 or 3 or Chapter 2 of Part 4 apply.
(1A)The Commission may also prepare and issue codes of practice giving practical guidance to any persons on any other matter with a view to—
(a)promoting the equalisation of opportunities for disabled persons and persons who have had a disability; or
(b)encouraging good practice in the way such persons are treated,
in any field of activity regulated by any provision of Part 2, 3 or 4.
(1B)Neither subsection (1) nor (1A) applies in relation to any duty imposed by or under sections 28D or 28E.]
(2)The Commission shall, when requested to do so by the Secretary of State, prepare a code of practice dealing with the matters specified in the request.
(3)In preparing a code of practice the Commission shall carry out such consultations as it considers appropriate (which shall include the publication for public consultation of proposals relating to the code).
(4)The Commission may not issue a code of practice unless—
(a)a draft of it has been submitted to and approved by the Secretary of State and laid by him before both Houses of Parliament; and
(b)the 40 day period has elapsed without either House resolving not to approve the draft.
(5)If the Secretary of State does not approve a draft code of practice submitted to him he shall give the Commission a written statement of his reasons.
(6)A code of practice issued by the Commission—
(a)shall come into effect on such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint;
(b)may be revised in whole or part, and re-issued, by the Commission; and
(c)may be revoked by an order made by the Secretary of State at the request of the Commission.
(7)Where the Commission proposes to revise a code of practice—
(a)it shall comply with subsection (3) in relation to the revisions; and
(b)the other provisions of this section apply to the revised code of practice as they apply to a new code of practice.
(8)Failure to observe any provision of a code of practice does not of itself make a person liable to any proceedings F3. . ..
[F4(8A)But if a provision of a code of practice appears to a court, tribunal or other body hearing any proceedings under Part 2, 3 or 4 to be relevant, it must take that provision into account.]
(9)In this section—
“code of practice” means a code of practice under this section;
“discrimination” means anything which is unlawful discrimination for the purposes of any provision of Part II [F5, 3 or 4]; and
“40 day period” has the same meaning in relation to a draft code of practice as it has in section 3 in relation to draft guidance.]
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