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21. (1) Where an action plan or a revision of an action plan—
(a)has been adopted pursuant to regulation 24; and
(b)identifies a public authority as responsible for a particular action,
that public authority must treat the action plan as its policy insofar as it relates to that action.
(2) A public authority may depart from any policy mentioned in paragraph (1) if—
(i)the Secretary of State, and
(ii)the competent authority responsible for the preparation of the action plan or the revision (if not the Secretary of State),
with written reasons for departing from that policy; and
(b)it publishes those reasons.
(3) In this regulation “public authority” includes any person who exercises functions of a public nature, but does not include—
(a)either House of Parliament or a person exercising functions in connection with proceedings in Parliament;
(b)courts or tribunals; or
(c)the Secretary of State.
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