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In Part 3 of the National Health Service Act 2006 after section 73A insert—“73B Exercise of public health functions of local authorities: further provision
(1) A local authority must, in the exercise of any functions mentioned in subsection (2), have regard to any document published by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this section.
(2) The functions mentioned in this subsection are—
(a) the exercise by the authority of its functions under section 2B, 111 or 249 or Schedule 1,
(b) the exercise by the authority of its functions by virtue of section 6C(1) or (3),
(c) anything done by the authority in pursuance of arrangements under section 7A,
(d) the functions of the authority under section 325 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, and
(e) such other functions relating to public health as may be prescribed.
(3) The Secretary of State may give guidance to local authorities as to the exercise of any functions mentioned in subsection (2).
(4) A document published under subsection (1), and guidance given under subsection (3), may include guidance as to the appointment of officers of the local authority to discharge any functions mentioned in subsection (2), and as to their terms and conditions, management and dismissal.
(5) The director of public health for a local authority must prepare an annual report on the health of the people in the area of the local authority.
(6) The local authority must publish the report.
(7) In this section, “local authority” has the same meaning as in section 2B.”
Royal Assent (in so far as is necessary for enabling the exercise on or after 27 March 2012 of any power to make an order or regulations or to give directions that is conferred by the above section or an amendment made by it.): 27 March 2012: see s 306(1)(d).
To be appointed (for remaining purposes): see s 306(4).
This section does not extend to Scotland: see s 308(1).