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239 Power to promote or oppose local or personal Bills.E+W

(1)Subject to the provisions of this Act, where a local authority, other than a parish or community council, are satisfied that it is expedient to promote, or any local authority are satisfied that it is expedient to oppose, any local or personal Bill in Parliament, the local authority may, but only in accordance with the procedure hereinafter provided by this section, promote or oppose the Bill accordingly, and may defray the expenses incurred in relation thereto.

(2)A resolution of a local authority to promote or oppose a Bill under subsection (1) above shall be—

(a)passed by a majority of the whole number of the members of the authority at a meeting of the authority held after the requisite notice of the meeting and of its purpose has been given by advertisement in one or more local newspapers circulating in the area of the authority, such notice being given in addition to the ordinary notice required to be given for the convening of a meeting of the authority; and

(b)in the case of the promotion of a Bill, confirmed by a like majority at a further such meeting convened in accordance with paragraph (a) above and held as soon as may be after the expiration of fourteen days after the Bill has been deposited in Parliament and, if the resolution is not confirmed, the local authority shall take all necessary steps to withdraw the Bill.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (2) above the requisite notice is thirty clear days’ notice in the case of promotion of a Bill and ten clear days’ notice in the case of opposition to a Bill.

(4)The power conferred on a local authority by subsection (1) above shall be in substitution for any power conferred on that authority by a local Act.

[F1(4A)The powers conferred on a local authority by sub-section (1) above shall also be exercisable by a joint authority [F2, an economic prosperity board, a combined authority], [F3and a joint waste authority]F4. . ..]

(5)No payment shall be made by a [F5an authority] to a member of the authority for acting as counsel or agent in promoting or opposing a Bill under this section.

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F3Words in s. 239(4A) inserted (1.4.2008) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 209, 245, Sch. 13 para. 23; S.I 2008/917, {art. 2(1)(o)(p)}

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C1S. 239 amended by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), s. 57(7), Sch. 13 para. 12(h)

S. 239 extended (5.7.1994) by 1994 c. 19, ss. 39(2), 66(2)(b), Sch. 13 para. 19(h) (with ss. 54(5)(7), 55(5), Sch. 17 paras. 22(1), 23(2))

S. 239 extended (with modifications)(19.9.1995) by 1995 c. 25, ss. 65(7), 125(2), Sch. 8 para. 7(1) (with ss. 7(6), 115, 117, Sch. 8 para. 7)

S. 239: functions of local authority not to be responsibility of an executive of the authority (E.) (16.11.2000) by virtue of S.I. 2000/2853, reg. 2(1), Sch. 1

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