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(1)A Minister may by order merge any group of bodies or offices specified in Schedule 2.
(2)In this section, to “merge” a group means—
(a)to abolish all the bodies or offices in the group, create a new body corporate or office and transfer some or all of the functions of the abolished bodies or offices to the new one, or
(b)to abolish all but one of the bodies or offices in the group and to transfer some or all of the functions of the abolished bodies or offices to the remaining one.
(3)An order under subsection (1) may include provision to transfer a function from a body or office being abolished to an eligible person not included in the group.
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