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Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Act 2004

Section 32: Dissolution

95.This section provides for the dissolution of the OLD and for the transfer of its property, rights and liabilities to be effected by the Secretary of State by order. It is intended to provide sufficient administrative flexibility for the future at a time when it is not possible to anticipate what body or bodies might be established to deliver and stage the 2012 Olympic Games, for example to co-ordinate Olympic transport arrangements or development of the Olympic Zone, or determine how the OLD might best apportion property, rights and liabilities in the event of its winding up. Subsection (2)(d) allows on dissolution for any liabilities and duties of the OLD to be transferred to another body where necessary. In particular, subsection (2)(d)(ii) makes specific reference to the fact that legal proceedings commenced against the OLD can be continued even after the OLD has been dissolved.

96.In relation to employees of the OLD subsection (6)(b) requires the Secretary of State to give due regard to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 which are regulations designed to safeguard employees’ rights where businesses transfer between employers.

97.Subsections (3) and (4) allow for revenues held by the OLD to be paid to the NLDF in the same manner as provided in Sections 26 and 28.

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