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37 Power to repeal certain health and safety provisions.U.K.

(1)The appropriate authority may by regulations repeal or, as the case may be, revoke—

(a)any provision which is an existing statutory provision for the purposes of Part I of M1 the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (“the 1974 Act”),

(b)any provision of regulations under section 15 of the 1974 Act (health and safety regulations) which has effect in place of a provision which was an existing statutory provision for the purposes of that Part,

[F1(ba)any of the relevant nuclear provisions,

(bb)any provision of regulations under section 74 of the Energy Act 2013 which has effect in place of any of the relevant nuclear provisions,]

(c)any provision which is an existing statutory provision for the purposes of M2 the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (“the 1978 Order”), or

(d)any provision of regulations under Article 17 of the 1978 Order (health and safety regulations) which has effect in place of a provision which was an existing statutory provision for the purposes of that Order.

(2)Before making regulations under subsection (1) above, the appropriate authority shall consult—

[F2(a)in the case of regulations under paragraph (a) or (b) of that subsection, the Health and Safety Commission,]

[F2(a)in the case of regulations under paragraph (a) of that subsection repealing or revoking a provision specified in section 117(4) of the Railways Act 1993, [F3the Office of Rail and Road] ,

(aa)in the case of regulations under paragraph (a) of that subsection not falling within paragraph (a) of this subsection, [F4 the Health and Safety Executive ],

(ab)in the case of regulations under paragraph (b) of that subsection revoking a provision of regulations which make provision exclusively in relation to transport systems falling within paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 3 to the Railways Act 2005, [F3the Office of Rail and Road],

(ac)in the case of regulations under paragraph (b) of that subsection not falling within paragraph (ab) of this subsection, [F4 the Health and Safety Executive ],]

[F5(ad)in the case of regulations under paragraph (ba) or (bb) of that subsection, the Office for Nuclear Regulation,]

(b)in the case of regulations under paragraph (c) or (d) of that subsection, the Health and Safety Agency for Northern Ireland,

and, in [F6either] [F6 any ] case, such other persons as the appropriate authority considers appropriate.

(3)Instead of consulting such other persons as the appropriate authority considers it appropriate to consult under subsection (2) above, the authority may require [F7 the Health and Safety Commission or, as the case may be, the Health and Safety Agency for Northern Ireland ] [F7 the required consultee ] to consult such persons as it considers appropriate for the purpose of deciding how it should respond to consultation under that subsection.

(4)Instead of consulting a person whom the appropriate authority considers it appropriate to consult under subsection (2) above, the authority may require [F8 the Health and Safety Commission or, as the case may be, the Health and Safety Agency for Northern Ireland ] [F8 the required consultee ] to consult the person for the purpose of deciding how it should respond to consultation under that subsection.

[F9(4A) In subsections (3) and (4), “ the required consultee ” means the body which the appropriate authority is required to consult by virtue of subsection (2)(a) to (b). ]

(5)The appropriate authority may require consultation under subsection (3) or (4) above to be carried out in accordance with the authority’s directions.

(6)Regulations under subsection (1) above may contain such transitional provisions and savings as the appropriate authority considers appropriate.

(7)Regulations under paragraph (a) [F10 (b), (ba) or (bb) ] of subsection (1) above shall be made by statutory instrument, and no instrument shall be made under that paragraph unless a draft of it has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(8)Regulations under subsection (1)(c) or (d) above—

(a)shall be statutory rules for the purposes of M3 the Statutory Rules (Northern Ireland) Order 1979, and

(b)shall be subject to affirmative resolution, as defined in section 41(4) of M4 the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954, as if they were statutory instruments within the meaning of that Act.

(9)In this section, “appropriate authority”—

(a)in relation to regulations under subsection (1)(a) [F11(b), (ba) or (bb)] above, means the Secretary of State, and

(b)in relation to regulations under subsection (1)(c) or (d) above, means the Department concerned (within the meaning of the 1978 Order, but as if any reference to that Order included a reference to this section).

[F12(10) In subsection (1), “ the relevant nuclear provisions ” means—

(a)sections 1, 3 to [F135], 22 and 24A of the Nuclear Installations Act 1965,

[F14(aa)section 6 of that Act, so far as it relates to sites in respect of which nuclear site licences (within the meaning of that Act) have been granted,] and

(b)any regulations made under any of those sections,

so far as they have effect in England and Wales or Scotland.]

Textual Amendments

F1S. 37(1)(ba)(bb) inserted (1.4.2014) by Energy Act 2013 (c. 32), s. 156(1), Sch. 12 para. 71(2); S.I. 2014/251, art. 4

F2S. 37(2)(a)-(ac) substituted for s. 37(2)(a) (E.W.S.) (1.4.2006) by Railways Act 2005 (c. 14), s. 60(2), Sch. 12 para. 12(2)(a); S.I. 2006/266, art. 2(2)

F6Word in s. 37(2) substituted (E.W.S.) (1.4.2006) by Railways Act 2005 (c. 14), s. 60(2), Sch. 12 para. 12(2)(b); S.I. 2006/266, art. 2(2)

F7Words in s. 37(3) substituted (E.W.S.) (1.4.2006) by Railways Act 2005 (c. 14), s. 60(2), Sch. 12 para. 12(3); S.I. 2006/266, art. 2(2)

F8Words in s. 37(4) substituted (E.W.S.) (1.4.2006) by Railways Act 2005 (c. 14), s. 60(2), Sch. 12 para. 12(3); S.I. 2006/266, art. 2(2)

F10Words in s. 37(7) substituted (1.4.2014) by Energy Act 2013 (c. 32), s. 156(1), Sch. 12 para. 71(4); S.I. 2014/251, art. 4

F11Words in s. 37(9)(a) substituted (1.4.2014) by Energy Act 2013 (c. 32), s. 156(1), Sch. 12 para. 71(5); S.I. 2014/251, art. 4

F13Word in s. 37(10)(a) substituted (coming into force in accordance with art. 1(2)-(5) of the amending S.I.) by The Nuclear Installations (Liability for Damage) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/562), art. 1(2), Sch. 2 para. 3(a) (with art. 40)

F14S. 37(10)(aa) inserted (coming into force in accordance with art. 1(2)-(5) of the amending S.I.) by The Nuclear Installations (Liability for Damage) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/562), art. 1(2), Sch. 2 para. 3(b) (with art. 40)

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