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The European Communities (Designation) Order 2018

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the European Communities (Designation) Order 2018 and comes into force on 21st June 2018.

(2) In this Order—

“designated” means designated for the purposes of section 2(2), and similar expressions are to be construed accordingly;

“Minister or department” means a Minister of the Crown, government department (including a Northern Ireland department) or the Welsh Ministers;

“section 2(2)” means section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972;

“subordinate legislation” means orders, rules, regulations or schemes made under section 2(2).

Designation in relation to the accessibility of public sector bodies’ websites and mobile applications

2.—(1) The Secretary of State and the Minister for the Cabinet Office are designated in relation to the accessibility of public sector bodies’ websites and mobile applications.

(2) In paragraph 1—

“accessibility” means the principles and techniques to be observed when designing, constructing, maintaining and updating websites and mobile applications in order to make them more accessible to users;

“mobile application” means application software designed and developed, by or on behalf of public sector bodies, for use by the general public on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Revocation of existing designations

3.—(1) This Order does not restrict the scope of any designation made by any other Order.

(2) Where—

(a)a Minister or department is designated by this Order, and

(b)any other Minister or department is designated in relation to the same matter by this or any other Order,

any of them may make subordinate legislation in relation to that matter jointly.

Ceri King

Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council

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