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(1)Where a Minister of the Crown proposes to issue or revise a code of practice under section 22, he shall prepare a draft of the code (or revised code).
(2)The Minister shall, in preparing the draft, seek to secure that it is consistent with the principles specified in section 21(2).
(3)The Minister shall consult the following about the draft—
(a)persons appearing to him to be representative of persons exercising regulatory functions;
(b)such other persons as he considers appropriate.
(4)If the Minister determines to proceed with the draft (either in its original form or with modifications) he shall lay the draft before Parliament.
(5)Where the draft laid before Parliament under subsection (4) is approved by resolution of each House of Parliament, the Minister may issue the code (or revised code).
(6)A code (or revised code) issued under subsection (5) shall come into force on such date as the Minister may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.
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