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3.—(1) The competent authority referred to in Article 8(1) of Regulation 648/2004 is the Secretary of State.
(2) The Secretary of State is responsible for discharging the following functions in the United Kingdom—
(a)those assigned to member States by Articles 8 and 15(1) of Regulation 648/2004; and
(b)those reserved to member States by the second sub-paragraph of Article 9(3) of that Regulation.
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