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Local Government Act 2003

Section 97: Power to modify enactments in connection with charging or trading

276.This section confers powers enabling the Secretary of State to modify or exclude the application of any enactment, except sections 93(2) and 95(2) of this Act, that restricts a best value authority's ability to charge for the provision of a discretionary service or carry out trading in its functions. The section also permits the Secretary of State to modify or exclude the application of any enactment that confers power on a best value authority to charge for a discretionary service. The effect of excluding such a power will be to substitute for the specific provision in question the general power to charge under section 93.

277.An order made under this provision may apply differentially to different authorities and different functions. It may not be used to authorise best value authorities to trade in a statutory service that they are already obliged to provide with a person to whom they are already obliged to provide it.

278.Orders made under this provision would be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure in both Houses of Parliament.

279.The section also makes provision about the Parliamentary procedure applicable to orders that amend earlier orders just for the purpose of causing them to apply, or not apply, in relation to particular authorities or authorities of a particular description. Orders amending earlier orders in this manner are to be subject to the negative resolution procedure in both Houses of Parliament.

280.The powers under this section will not be exercisable by the National Assembly for Wales (NAW). But the Secretary of State may not make any provision which has effect in Wales without consulting the NAW and may not make provision in relation to legislation made by the NAW without the consent of the NAW.

281.The NAW may submit its own proposals to the Secretary of State to the effect that any order made under these powers with provisions affecting Wales, should be in accordance with those proposals.

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