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247Provisions to which section 246 applies: Acts of Parliament etc.E+W+S+N.I.

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(1)Section 246 applies to—

(a)any provision listed in Schedule 21 (references to stepchildren, in-laws etc. in existing Acts),

(b)except in so far as otherwise provided, any provision made by a future Act, and

(c)except in so far as otherwise provided, any provision made by future subordinate legislation.

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(b)by a Northern Ireland department, in relation to a provision which deals with a transferred matter;

(c)by the National Assembly for Wales, if the order is made by virtue of subsection (2)(b) and deals with matters with respect to which functions are exercisable by the Assembly.

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Commencement Information

I1S. 247 wholly in force at 5.12.2005; s. 247(2)-(7) in force at Royal Assent, see s. 263(7)(c); s. 247(8)(9) in force at 18.11.2004 by Royal Assent; s. 247(1) in force at 5.12.2005 by S.I. 2005/3175, art. 3, Sch. 2

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