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Human Rights Act 1998


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16Period for which designated derogations have effect

(1)If it has not already been withdrawn by the United Kingdom, a designated derogation ceases to have effect for the purposes of this Act—

(a)in the case of the derogation referred to in section 14(1)(a), at the end of the period of five years beginning with the date on which section 1(2) came into force;

(b)in the case of any other derogation, at the end of the period of five years beginning with the date on which the order designating it was made.

(2)At any time before the period—

(a)fixed by subsection (1)(a) or (b), or

(b)extended by an order under this subsection,

comes to an end, the Secretary of State may by order extend it by a further period of five years.

(3)An order under section 14(1)(b) ceases to have effect at the end of the period for consideration, unless a resolution has been passed by each House approving the order.

(4)Subsection (3) does not affect—

(a)anything done in reliance on the order; or

(b)the power to make a fresh order under section 14(1)(b).

(5)In subsection (3) “period for consideration” means the period of forty days beginning with the day on which the order was made.

(6)In calculating the period for consideration, no account is to be taken of any time during which—

(a)Parliament is dissolved or prorogued; or

(b)both Houses are adjourned for more than four days.

(7)If a designated derogation is withdrawn by the United Kingdom, the Secretary of State must by order make such amendments to this Act as he considers are required to reflect that withdrawal.

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