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18 Extent.U.K.

(1)The following provisions of this Act extend to England and Wales—

  • section 1 (responsibility for publication),

  • sections 2 to 4 (offer to make amends), except section 3(9),

  • section 5 (time limit for actions for defamation or malicious falsehood),

  • section 7 (ruling on the meaning of a statement),

  • sections 8 to 10 (summary disposal of claim),

  • section 12(1) (evidence of convictions),

  • section 13 (evidence concerning proceedings in Parliament),

  • sections 14 and 15 and Schedule 1 (statutory privilege),

  • section 16 and Schedule 2 (repeals) so far as relating to enactments extending to England and Wales,

  • section 17(1) (interpretation),

  • this subsection,

  • section 19 (commencement) so far as relating to provisions which extend to England and Wales, and

  • section 20 (short title and saving).

(2)The following provisions of this Act extend to Scotland—

  • section 1 (responsibility for publication),

  • sections 2 to 4 (offer to make amends), except section 3(8),

  • section 12(2) (evidence of convictions),

  • section 13 (evidence concerning proceedings in Parliament),

  • sections 14 and 15 and Schedule 1 (statutory privilege),

  • section 16 and Schedule 2 (repeals) so far as relating to enactments extending to Scotland,

  • section 17 (interpretation),

  • this subsection,

  • section 19 (commencement) so far as relating to provisions which extend to Scotland, and

  • section 20 (short title and saving).

(3)The following provisions of this Act extend to Northern Ireland—

  • section 1 (responsibility for publication),

  • sections 2 to 4 (offer to make amends), except section 3(9),

  • section 6 (time limit for actions for defamation or malicious falsehood),

  • section 7 (ruling on the meaning of a statement),

  • sections 8 to 11 (summary disposal of claim),

  • section 12(3) (evidence of convictions),

  • section 13 (evidence concerning proceedings in Parliament),

  • sections 14 and 15 and Schedule 1 (statutory privilege),

  • section 16 and Schedule 2 (repeals) so far as relating to enactments extending to Northern Ireland,

  • section 17(1) (interpretation),

  • this subsection,

  • section 19 (commencement) so far as relating to provisions which extend to Northern Ireland, and

  • section 20 (short title and saving).

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E1S. 18(1) extends to England and Wales; s. 18(2) extends to Scotland; s. 18(3) extends to Northern Ireland.

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