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(1)The Commission may exercise a power conferred by section 15 or 16 only for the purpose of investigating matters arising, and situations that exist, on or after 1st August 2007.
(2)The Commission may not exercise a power conferred by section 15 to require a person—
(a)to provide information recorded before that date,
(b)to provide information relating to a time before that date,
(c)to produce a document created before that date,
(d)to produce a document relating to a time before that date, or
(e)to give oral evidence relating to a time before that date.
(3)Where a document relates partly to a time before 1st August 2007 and partly to a time on or after that date, subsection (2)(d) applies to the document only in so far as it relates to a time before that date.
(4)For the purposes of sections 69A(5) and 69C(7) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (as inserted by sections 15 and 16 above), a county court may make an order if it thinks that the Commission has failed to comply, or is not complying, with subsection (1) or (2) above.
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