Interpretation Act 1987 No 15
Current version for 24 February 2014 to date (accessed 23 November 2014 at 08:13)
Part 2Section 15

15   Minister

(1)  In any Act or instrument:
(a)  a reference to a Minister is a reference to a Minister of the Crown, and
(b)  a reference to a particular Minister includes a reference to any other Minister who is acting for or on behalf of the Minister.
(2)  In any Act, a reference to “the Minister” is a reference to:
(a)  the Minister administering the Act,
(b)  if different Ministers are administering the Act in different respects—the Minister administering the Act in the relevant respect,
(c)  if different Ministers are administering different portions of the Act—the Minister administering the relevant portion of the Act, or
(d)  if paragraphs (b) and (c) do not apply and 2 or more Ministers are administering that Act or a portion of that Act—any one of the Ministers administering the Act or portion of the Act.
(3)  In any instrument, a reference to “the Minister” is a reference to:
(a)  the Minister administering the Act under which the instrument is made,
(b)  if different Ministers are administering that Act in different respects—the Minister administering that Act in the respect in relation to which the instrument is made,
(c)  if different Ministers are administering different portions of that Act—the Minister administering the portion of that Act under which the instrument is made, or
(d)  if paragraphs (b) and (c) do not apply and 2 or more Ministers are administering that Act or a portion of that Act—any one of the Ministers administering the Act or the portion of the Act under which the instrument is made.
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