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(1)This Act may be cited as the Defamation Act 2013.
(2)Subject to subsection (3), this Act extends to England and Wales only.
(3)The following provisions also extend to Scotland—
(d)section 16(5) (in so far as it relates to sections 6 and 7(9));
(4)Subject to subsections (5) and (6), the provisions of this Act come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.
(5)Sections 6 and 7(9) come into force in so far as they extend to Scotland on such day as the Scottish Ministers may by order appoint.
(6)Section 15, subsections (4) to (8) of section 16 and this section come into force on the day on which this Act is passed.
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