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(1)There shall be established new administrative areas, to be known as London boroughs, which shall comprise the areas respectively described (by reference to existing administrative areas) in column 2 of Part I of Schedule 1 to this Act; and in this . . . F1 Act—
(a)any reference to an inner London borough shall be construed as a reference to one of the London boroughs numbered from 1 to 12 in the said Part I;
(b)any reference to an outer London borough shall be construed as a reference to one of the London boroughs numbered from 13 to 32 in the said Part I.
(2)If in the case of any London borough, on representations in that behalf made to the Privy Council by the Minister, Her Majesty by the advice of Her Privy Council thinks fit to grant a charter of incorporation of the inhabitants of that borough, Her Majesty may by that charter—
(a)make provision with respect to the name of the borough; and
(b)subject to the provisions of this Act, make any provision such as may be made by virtue of section 131 of the M1Local Government Act 1933 by a charter granted under Part VI of that Act;
and any charter which purports to be granted in pursuance of the Royal prerogative and this subsection shall be deemed to be valid and within the powers of this Act and Her Majesty’s prerogative and the validity thereof shall not be questioned in any legal proceeding whatever.
(3)In the case of any London borough whose inhabitants are not incorporated by such a charter as is referred to in the last foregoing subsection, provision for their incorporation shall be made by the Minister by order (hereafter in this Act referred to as an “incorporation order”) which may include any such provision as is mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) of that subsection.
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(5)Before the Minister makes as respects a London borough either representations under subsection (2) of this section for the grant of a charter or an incorporation order under subsection (3) thereof, the Minister or, as may be appropriate, the Secretary of State shall cause such notices to be given and such, if any, inquiries to be held with respect to the matters to be dealt with by the charter or order as may appear to the Minister or, as the case may be, the Secretary of State to be expedient.
(6)The M2Municipal Corporations Act 1882 shall apply to every London borough . . . F1, the expression “borough” when used in relation to local government in any enactment whether passed before or after this Act . . . F3 shall except where the context otherwise requires (and except in particular in the expressions “county borough” and “non-county borough”) include a London borough; . . . F3
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