'Public authority': generous interpretation
Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 is intended to give effective domestic protection to convention rights as defined in and scheduled to the 1998 Act. It is accordingly appropriate to give a generously wide scope to the expression 'public function' in s 6(3)(b), as Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead observed in Aston Cantlow and Wilmcote with Billesley Parochial Church Council v Wallbank  UKHL 37 at ,  3 All ER 1213 at ,  1 AC 546.2. Quoted with approval by Lord Bingham in YL (by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v Birmingham City Council and others  UKHL 27, (Transcript)):23.
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