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5. (1) For the purposes of these Regulations the expression “competent authority” means—
(a)any Minister of the Crown, government department, public or statutory undertaker, or public body of any description or person holding a public office;
(b)the Scottish Ministers;
(c)the Welsh Ministers;
(d)any Northern Ireland department; and
(e)any person exercising any function of a person or body referred to in sub-paragraphs (a) to (d).
(2) In paragraph (1) “public office” means—
(a)an office under Her Majesty;
(b)an office created or continued in existence by a public general Act of Parliament; or
(c)an office the remuneration in respect of which is paid out of public funds.
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