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(1)Sections 21 and 22 apply to regulatory functions specified under this section.
(2)A Minister of the Crown may by order in accordance with this section specify regulatory functions as functions to which sections 21 and 22 apply.
(3)A Minister may not under subsection (2) specify—
(a)a regulatory function so far as exercisable in Scotland, if or to the extent that the function relates to matters which are not reserved matters;
(b)a regulatory function so far as exercisable in Northern Ireland, if or to the extent that the function relates to matters which are transferred matters; or
(c)a regulatory function exercisable only in or as regards Wales.
(5)An order under this section may not specify regulatory functions conferred on or exercisable by any of the following—
(a)the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority;
(b)the Office of Communications;
(c)the Office of Rail Regulation;
(d)the Postal Services Commission;
(e)the Water Services Regulation Authority.
(6)Before making an order under this section, the authority making the order must consult the following—
(a)any person (other than the authority) whose functions are to be specified in the order;
(b)such other persons as the authority considers appropriate.
(7)An order under this section may make such consequential, supplementary, incidental, or transitional provision (including provision amending any enactment) as the authority making it considers appropriate; and may make different provision for different purposes.
(8)An order under this section must be made by statutory instrument.
(9)A Minister of the Crown may not make a statutory instrument containing an order under this section unless a draft has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, each House of Parliament.
[F2(9A)The Welsh Ministers may not make a statutory instrument containing an order under this section unless a draft has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, the Assembly.]
F2(10)In this section—
“reserved matter” and “Scotland” have the same meanings as in the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46);
“transferred matter” and “Northern Ireland” have the same meanings as in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c. 47);
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