Section 427: Transitional provisions
746.This section amplifies the power conferred on Ministers of the Crown by section 426, permitting an order under that section may make particular provision in respect of transitional matters or savings. The complexity of the transition to the regulatory regime to be established under this Act is such that it may be necessary to make provisions of the kinds described in this section which might not otherwise fall within the scope of section 426.
747.For example, subsection (2)(a) makes clear that an order under section 426 could provide for a person authorised under predecessor arrangements to have permission from the day the relevant provisions of this Act come into force to continue to carry on the activities permitted by the authorisation from the predecessor regulator. An order under section 426 may also make provision for the continuation of rules and regulations. It is expected that most rules made by the Authority will be new rules made for the purposes of the Act. However, there may be a need for the continuation of rules under previous legislation, at least for a transitional period. This section will enable the Authority to be given power to carry forward such rules and regulations which it could make under this Act. This section also provides that an order under section 426 may deal with disciplinary cases in train on the day of commencement, and for transitional provisions to be made in respect of ombudsman and compensation schemes.