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3. The following provisions of the Defamation Act 1996 shall come into force on 28th February 2000:
(a)sections 2, 3 (apart from subsection (9)) and 4 (offer to make amends), section 7 (meaning of a statement), and sections 8 to 10 (summary disposal of a claim); and
(b)so far as they are not already in force, section 17(1) (interpretation), and section 16 and Schedule 2 (repeals) except the entries relating to—
(i)the Defamation Act (Northern Ireland) 1955(1);
(ii)the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972(2);
(iii)the British Nationality Act 1981(3), Schedule 7, the entry relating to the Defamation Act (Northern Ireland) 1955;
(iv)the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985(4), Schedule 2, paragraph 3;
(v)the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(5); and
(vi)the Broadcasting Act 1990(6), Schedule 20, paragraph 3.
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