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Northern Ireland Act 1998

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53Agreements etc. by persons participating in Councils

(1)This section applies to any agreement or arrangement entered into by a Minister or junior Minister participating, by reason of a nomination under section 52, in a meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council or the British-Irish Council.

(2)Provision may be made by Act of the Assembly for giving effect to any agreement or arrangement to which this section applies, including provision—

(a)for transferring to any body designated by or constituted under the agreement or arrangement any functions which would otherwise be exercisable by any Minister or Northern Ireland department;

(b)for transferring to a Minister or Northern Ireland department any functions which would otherwise be exercisable by any authority outside Northern Ireland.

(3)Subsection (2) has effect notwithstanding anything in subsection (2)(a) of section 6; but it does not affect—

(a)the operation of subsection (2)(b) to (f) of that section; or

(b)the operation of section 8 or 15 in relation to the enactment of any Act of the Assembly.

(4)No agreement or arrangement to which this section applies entered into for the establishment after the appointed day of an implementation body shall come into operation without the approval of the Assembly.

(5)In subsection (4) “implementation body” means a body for implementing, on the basis mentioned in paragraph 11 of Strand Two of the Belfast Agreement, policies agreed in the North-South Ministerial Council.

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