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(1)Subject to subsection (2), this Act comes into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.
(2)Sections 16, 17(4) to (10) and 18, this section (other than subsections (5) to (7)) and section 20 come into force on the day on which this Act is passed.
(3)An order under subsection (1) may—
(a)appoint different days for different purposes,
(b)make such transitional, transitory or saving provision as the Secretary of State considers appropriate in connection with the coming into force of any provision of this Act.
(4)The Secretary of State must consult the Scottish Ministers before making an order under this section in connection with any provision of this Act which would be within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament if it were contained in an Act of that Parliament.
(5)This Act does not affect any liability, investigation, legal proceeding or penalty for or in respect of—
(a)a common law offence mentioned in subsection (1) of section 17 which is committed wholly or partly before the coming into force of that subsection in relation to such an offence, or
(b)an offence under the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889 or the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 committed wholly or partly before the coming into force of the repeal of the Act by Schedule 2 to this Act.
(6)For the purposes of subsection (5) an offence is partly committed before a particular time if any act or omission which forms part of the offence takes place before that time.
(7)Subsections (5) and (6) are without prejudice to section 16 of the Interpretation Act 1978 (general savings on repeal).
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