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Communications Act 2003

Territorial Extent and Territorial Application

10.The large majority of the provisions in the Communications Act are on reserved matters (the exceptions being training and equality of opportunity in broadcast employment). The Act applies to the whole of the United Kingdom (a few procedural matters being dealt with separately for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to take account of the different legal systems), with power to extend it by Order in Council to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The Act does not confer functions on the National Assembly for Wales, although the Secretary of State is required to consult the National Assembly for Wales when carrying out a review of the fulfilment by the Welsh Authority of its public service remits (section 339).

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