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(1)A transition committee must provide to the merging authorities by which it is established, and to the shadow authority for the new principal area, advice and recommendations for—
(a)facilitating the economic, effective and efficient transfer of functions, staff and property rights and liabilities from the merging authorities to the new principal local authority,
(b)ensuring that the new principal local authority and its staff are in a position to perform the new principal local authority's functions effectively as from the time when it assumes them, and
(c)any other purposes that the Welsh Ministers may specify by directions.
(2)The Welsh Ministers may give a direction requiring—
(a)a particular transition committee,
(b)every transition committee of a description specified in the direction, or
(c)every transition committee,
to exercise its functions in accordance with the direction.
(3)A direction under this section may at any time be varied or revoked by a subsequent direction.
(4)A transition committee must comply with a direction given to it under this section.
(5)The Welsh Ministers may issue guidance as to the exercise of the functions of transition committees and a transition committee must have regard to any guidance issued under this subsection.
(6)Neither an audit committee nor an overview and scrutiny committee of a merging authority may exercise any of its functions in relation to anything done by a transition committee; and for this purpose—
“audit committee” (“pwyllgor archwilio”) has the meaning given by section 81 of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011;
“overview and scrutiny committee” (“pwyllgor trosolwg a chraffu”) has the meaning given by section 21(1) of the Local Government Act 2000.
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