669. Arrangements for the making of probation provision.

It is the function of the Secretary of State to ensure that sufficient provision1 is made throughout England and Wales:

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    (1)     for the probation purposes2;

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    (2)     for enabling functions conferred by any enactment on providers of probation services, or on officers of a provider of probation services3, to be performed4; and

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    (3)     for the performance of any function of the Secretary of State under any enactment which is expressed to be a relevant function5.

The Secretary of State must discharge this function in relation to any probation provision by making and carrying out contractual and other arrangements with any other