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(1)Any provision made by or under this Act binds the Crown except that—

(a)the Crown is not criminally liable as a result of any such provision;

(b)the Crown is not liable for any penalty under any such provision; and

(c)nothing in this Act affects Her Majesty in her private capacity.

(2)Subsection (1)(a) does not affect the application of any provision of this Act in relation to persons in the public service of the Crown.

(3)Subsection (1)(c) is to be interpreted as if section 38(3) of the M1Crown Proceedings Act 1947 (interpretation of references in that Act to Her Majesty in her private capacity) were contained in this Act.

(4)If, in respect of a suspected infringement of the Chapter I prohibition or of the Chapter II prohibition otherwise than by the Crown or a person in the public service of the Crown, an investigation is conducted under section 25—

(a)the power conferred by section 27 may not be exercised in relation to land which is occupied by a government department, or otherwise for purposes of the Crown, without the written consent of the appropriate person; and

(b)section 28 does not apply in relation to land so occupied.

(5)In any case in which consent is required under subsection (4), the person who is the appropriate person in relation to that case is to be determined in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(6)Sections 62 and 63 do not apply in relation to land which is occupied by a government department, or otherwise for purposes of the Crown, unless the matter being investigated is a suspected infringement by the Crown or by a person in the public service of the Crown.

(7)In subsection (6) “infringement” means an infringement of Community law relating to Article 85 or 86 of the Treaty establishing the European Community.

(8)If the Secretary of State certifies that it appears to him to be in the interests of national security that the powers of entry—

(a)conferred by section 27, or

(b)that may be conferred by a warrant under section 28, 62 or 63,

should not be exercisable in relation to premises held or used by or on behalf of the Crown and which are specified in the certificate, those powers are not exercisable in relation to those premises.

(9)Any amendment, repeal or revocation made by this Act binds the Crown to the extent that the enactment amended, repealed or revoked binds the Crown.

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