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16 Repeals.E+W+S+N.I.

The enactments specified in Schedule 2 are repealed to the extent specified.

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I1S. 16 wholly in force; S. 16 partly in force at Royal Assent see s. 19(2)(3); s. 16 in force for certain purposes at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/817, art. 2(b); s. 16 in force for E.W. at 28.2.2000 by S.I. 2000/222, art. 3; s. 16 in force for S. at 31.3.2001 insofar as not already in force by S.S.I. 2001/98, art. 3(b)(i)

I2S. 16 in force at 6.1.2010 for N.I. in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2009/2858, art. 3(d)

17 Interpretation.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this Act—

  • publication” and “publish”, in relation to a statement, have the meaning they have for the purposes of the law of defamation generally, but “publisher” is specially defined for the purposes of section 1;

  • statement” means words, pictures, visual images, gestures or any other method of signifying meaning; and

  • statutory provision” means—

    (a)

    a provision contained in an Act or in subordinate legislation within the meaning of the M1Interpretation Act 1978

[F1(aa)a provision contained in an Act of the Scottish Parliament or in an instrument made under such an Act,],or

(b)a statutory provision within the meaning given by section 1(f) of the M2Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.

(2)In this Act as it applies to proceedings in Scotland—

  • costs” means expenses; and

  • plaintiff” and “defendant” mean pursuer and defender.

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E1S. 17 extends to the United Kingdom; s. 17(2) extends to Scotland see s. 18(1)(2)(3).

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F1S. 17(1)(aa) inserted (6.5.1999) by 1998 c. 46, s. 125, Sch. 8, para. 33(2)(with s. 126(3)-(11)); S. I. 1998/3178, art. 2(2), Sch. 3

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I3S. 17 partly in force; s. 17 partly in force at Royal Assent see s. 19(2)(3); s. 17 in force for certain purposes at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/817, art. 2(a); s. 17(1) fully in force for E.W. at 28.2.2000 by S.I. 2000/222, art. 3; s. 17 in force for S. at 31.3.2001 insofar as not already in force by S.S.I. 2001/98, art. 3(b)(ii)

I4S. 17(1) in force at 6.1.2010 for N.I. in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2009/2858, art. 3(d)

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