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(1)This Act may be cited as the Energy Conservation Act 1996.
(2)This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may, by order made by statutory instrument, appoint; and different days may be appointed for different purposes and different areas.
(3)The Secretary of State may by order under subsection (2) make such transitional provision as appears to him to be appropriate.
He may, in particular, make such adaptations of sections 2 to 4 of the M1Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 as are necessary to enable an energy conservation authority to prepare a separate report under section 2 on houses in multiple occupation or house-boats.
(4)In the application of this section to Northern Ireland—
(a)references to the Secretary of State shall be construed as references to the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland;
(b)the reference to an order made by statutory instrument shall be construed as a reference to an order which is a statutory rule for the purposes of the M2Statutory Rules (Northern Ireland) Order 1979.
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