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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part 1 National Assembly for Wales

    1. The Assembly

      1. 1.The Assembly

      2. 2.Assembly constituencies and electoral regions

    2. General elections

      1. 3.Ordinary general elections

      2. 4.Power to vary date of ordinary general election

      3. 5.Extraordinary general elections

      4. 6.Voting at general elections

      5. 7.Candidates at general elections

      6. 8.Calculation of electoral region figures

      7. 9.Allocation of seats to electoral region members

    3. Vacancies

      1. 10.Constituency vacancies

      2. 11.Electoral region vacancies

    4. Franchise and conduct of elections

      1. 12.Entitlement to vote

      2. 13.Power to make provision about elections etc.

    5. Duration of membership

      1. 14.Term of office of Assembly members

      2. 15.Resignation of members

    6. Disqualification

      1. 16.Disqualification from being Assembly member

      2. 17.Exceptions and relief from disqualification

      3. 18.Effect of disqualification

      4. 19.Judicial proceedings as to disqualification

    7. Remuneration, oaths etc.

      1. 20.Remuneration of Assembly members

      2. 21.Limit on salaries of Assembly members

      3. 22.Remuneration: supplementary

      4. 23.Oath or affirmation of allegiance

      5. 24.Assistance to groups of Assembly members

    8. Presiding Officer and administration

      1. 25.Presiding Officer etc.

      2. 26.Clerk of Assembly

      3. 27.Assembly Commission

    9. Committees

      1. 28.Committees and sub-committees

      2. 29.Composition of committees

      3. 30.Audit Committee

    10. Proceedings etc.

      1. 31.Standing orders

      2. 32.Participation by UK Ministers etc.

      3. 33.Consultation about UK Government's legislative programme

      4. 34.Participation by Counsel General

      5. 35.Equality of treatment

      6. 36.Integrity

    11. Witnesses and documents

      1. 37.Power to call

      2. 38.Notice

      3. 39.Offences

      4. 40.General

    12. Legal issues

      1. 41.Proceedings by or against Assembly etc.

      2. 42.Defamation

      3. 43.Contempt of court

      4. 44.Corrupt practices

  3. Part 2 Welsh Assembly Government

    1. Government

      1. 45.Welsh Assembly Government

    2. Ministers, staff etc.

      1. 46.The First Minister

      2. 47.Choice of First Minister

      3. 48.Welsh Ministers

      4. 49.Counsel General

      5. 50.Deputy Welsh Ministers

      6. 51.Limit on number of Ministers

      7. 52.Staff

    3. Remuneration, oaths etc.

      1. 53.Remuneration

      2. 54.Remuneration: supplementary

      3. 55.Oath or affirmation

    4. Functions

      1. 56.Introduction

      2. 57.Exercise of functions

      3. 58.Transfer of Ministerial functions

      4. 59.Implementation of Community law

      5. 60.Promotion etc. of well-being

      6. 61.Support of culture etc.

      7. 62.Representations about matters affecting Wales

      8. 63.Consultation about cross-border bodies

      9. 64.Polls for ascertaining views of the public

      10. 65.Private bills

      11. 66.Provision of information to Treasury

      12. 67.Legal proceedings

      13. 68.Contracts

      14. 69.Charges for documents

      15. 70.Financial assistance

      16. 71.Supplementary

    5. “Inclusive” approach to exercise of functions

      1. 72.Partnership Council

      2. 73.Local government scheme

      3. 74.Voluntary sector scheme

      4. 75.Business scheme

      5. 76.Regulatory impact assessments

      6. 77.Equality of opportunity

      7. 78.The Welsh language

      8. 79.Sustainable development

    6. Community law, human rights and international obligations etc.

      1. 80.Community law

      2. 81.Human rights

      3. 82.International obligations etc.

    7. Functions: supplementary

      1. 83.Agency arrangements and provision of services

      2. 84.Different exercise of functions by Welsh Ministers etc.

      3. 85.Construction of references to Ministers and departments

      4. 86.Laying of reports and statements

    8. Property, rights and liabilities

      1. 87.Property, rights and liabilities of Welsh Ministers etc.

      2. 88.Transfer of Ministerial property, rights and liabilities

    9. Supplementary

      1. 89.Rights and liabilities of the Crown in different capacities

      2. 90.Documents

      3. 91.Validity of acts

      4. 92.Official secrets

  4. Part 3 Assembly Measures

    1. Power

      1. 93.Assembly Measures

      2. 94.Legislative competence

      3. 95.Legislative competence: supplementary

      4. 96.Scrutiny of proposed Orders in Council

    2. Procedure

      1. 97.Introduction of proposed Assembly Measures

      2. 98.Proceedings on proposed Assembly Measures

      3. 99.Scrutiny of proposed Assembly Measures by Supreme Court

      4. 100.ECJ references

      5. 101.Power to intervene in certain cases

      6. 102.Approval of proposed Assembly Measures

  5. Part 4 Acts of the Assembly

    1. Referendum

      1. 103.Referendum about commencement of Assembly Act provisions

      2. 104.Proposal for referendum by Assembly

      3. 105.Commencement of Assembly Act provisions

      4. 106.Effect on Measures of commencement of Assembly Act provisions

    2. Power

      1. 107.Acts of the Assembly

      2. 108. Legislative competence

      3. 109.Legislative competence: supplementary

    3. Procedure

      1. 110.Introduction of Bills

      2. 111.Proceedings on Bills

      3. 112.Scrutiny of Bills by Supreme Court

      4. 113.ECJ references

      5. 114.Power to intervene in certain cases

      6. 115.Royal Assent

      7. 116.Welsh Seal and Letters Patent

  6. Part 5 Finance

    1. Welsh Consolidated Fund

      1. 117.Welsh Consolidated Fund

    2. Payments into Welsh Consolidated Fund

      1. 118.Grants

      2. 119.Statement of estimated payments

      3. 120.Destination of receipts

    3. Borrowing

      1. 121.Borrowing by Welsh Ministers

      2. 122.Lending by Secretary of State

      3. 123.Accounts relating to loans

    4. Expenditure

      1. 124.Payments out of Welsh Consolidated Fund

      2. 125.Annual Budget motions

      3. 126.Supplementary Budget motions

      4. 126A.Inclusion in Budget motions of resources used by designated bodies

      5. 127.Appropriation without Budget resolution

      6. 128.Contingencies

      7. 129.Approvals to draw

      8. 130.Payments in by mistake

    5. Financial accountability of Welsh Ministers

      1. 131.Welsh Ministers' accounts

      2. 132.Account relating to Welsh Consolidated Fund

      3. 133.Accounting officers for Welsh Ministers

      4. 134.Accounts of subsidiaries of Welsh Ministers

      5. 135.Examinations into Welsh Ministers' use of resources

      6. 136.Examinations by Comptroller and Auditor General

    6. Financial accountability of Assembly Commission

      1. 137.Assembly Commission's accounts

      2. 138.Accounting officers for Assembly Commission

      3. 139.Accounts of subsidiaries of Assembly Commission

      4. 140.Examinations into Assembly Commission's use of resources

    7. Whole of Government of Wales accounts

      1. 141.Whole of government accounts: Welsh Ministers

      2. 142.Functions of Auditor General

    8. Treatment of accounts and audit reports etc.

      1. 143.Audit Committee reports

      2. 144.Publication of accounts and audit reports etc.

    9. Auditor General for Wales

      1. 145.Auditor General

  7. Part 6 Miscellaneous and supplementary

    1. Welsh public records

      1. 146.Status of Welsh public records

      2. 147.Transfer of responsibility

      3. 148.Meaning of “Welsh public records

    2. Miscellaneous

      1. 149.Resolution of devolution issues

      2. 150.Power to make consequential provision

      3. 151.Power to remedy ultra vires acts

      4. 152.Intervention in case of functions relating to water etc.

      5. 153.Power to vary retrospective decisions

      6. 154.Interpretation of legislation

      7. 155.Functions exercisable in relation to Wales

      8. 156.English and Welsh texts of legislation

    3. Supplementary

      1. 157.Orders and directions

      2. 158.Interpretation

      3. 159.Index of defined expressions

      4. 160.Minor and consequential amendments

      5. 161.Commencement

      6. 162.Transitional etc. provision

      7. 163.Repeals and revocations

      8. 164.Financial provision

      9. 165.Extent

      10. 166.Short title

  8. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Alteration of Assembly electoral regions

      1. Introduction

        1. 1.(1) This Schedule makes provision for alterations—

      2. Assembly electoral region issue

        1. 2.(1) This paragraph applies if the Committee provisionally determine proposed...

      3. Notice of Committee's proposed recommendations

        1. 3.(1) If, having considered the Assembly electoral region issue, the...

      4. Local inquiries

        1. 4.(1) For the purposes of this Schedule the Committee may,...

      5. Committee's report

        1. 5.(1) The Committee's report under section 3A(2) of the 1986...

      6. Consideration of Committee's report by Commission

        1. 6.(1) Section 3A(3) of the 1986 Act (powers of the...

      7. Directions by Commission to Committee

        1. 7.In section 3A(4) of the 1986 Act (directions by the...

      8. Commission's report

        1. 8.(1) This paragraph applies if the Commission submit to the...

      9. Rules

        1. 9.(1) The rules are— (1) Each Assembly constituency must be...

      10. Orders in Council giving effect to Commission reports

        1. 10.(1) An Order in Council under the 1986 Act for...

      11. Interpretation: the regional electorate

        1. 11.(1) For the purposes of any report of the Commission,...

      12. Interpretation: general

        1. 12.In this Schedule— “the 1986 Act” has the meaning given...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Assembly Commission

      1. Membership

        1. 1.(1) The Presiding Officer holds office as a member of...

      2. Property

        1. 2.The Assembly Commission may acquire, hold and dispose of property....

      3. Staff

        1. 3.(1) The Assembly Commission may appoint staff.

      4. Powers

        1. 4.(1) The Assembly Commission may do anything which appears to...

      5. Promotion of awareness of election system and devolved government

        1. 5.(1) The Assembly Commission may promote public awareness of—

        2. 6.The Assembly Commission may provide financial assistance to the Electoral...

      6. Delegation

        1. 7.The Assembly Commission may delegate any of its functions to—...

      7. Principles in accordance with which functions are to be exercised

        1. 8.(1) The Assembly Commission must make appropriate arrangements with a...

      8. Annual report

        1. 9.After each financial year the Assembly Commission must—

      9. Validity of acts

        1. 10.The validity of any act of the Assembly Commission is...

      10. Proceedings

        1. 11.(1) The Assembly Commission may determine its own procedure.

      11. Crown status

        1. 12.(1) Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide for...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Transfer etc. of functions: further provisions

      1. Part 1 Functions transferable etc.

        1. Existing and future functions

          1. 1.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), an Order in Council under...

        2. Functions relating to culture

          1. 2.If and to the extent that any function is exercisable...

        3. Cross-border functions

          1. 3.(1) The power conferred by section 58 to make an...

        4. Functions exercisable beyond the territorial sea

          1. 4.(1) The power conferred by section 58(1)(c) includes power to...

      2. Part 2 Exercise of transferred functions

        1. Community obligations

          1. 5.Any power of a Minister of the Crown to make...

        2. Agreement or consultation: Ministers and Parliament

          1. 6.An Order in Council under section 58 which includes provision—...

          2. 7.(1) This paragraph applies where a function is exercisable by...

        3. Agreement or consultation etc.: Assembly and Assembly Commission

          1. 8.(1) An Order in Council under section 58 may make...

        4. Parliamentary and Assembly procedure

          1. 9.(1) This paragraph applies where a function to make subordinate...

        5. Laying of reports and statements

          1. 10.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) a function to make...

        6. Powers to lend money

          1. 11.(1) This paragraph applies where a power to lend money...

      3. Part 3 Supplementary

        1. References to Minister of the Crown etc.

          1. 12.References in section 58 and this Schedule to a Minister...

        2. Saving

          1. 13.An Order in Council under section 58 which includes provision—...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Transfers of ministerial property, rights and liabilities

      1. General transfer of property, rights and liabilities

        1. 1.(1) The property, rights and liabilities to which, at the...

        2. 2.(1) An Order in Council under section 58 may provide...

      2. Power to make specific transfers etc.

        1. 3.(1) The Secretary of State may by order provide for...

      3. Supplementary

        1. 4.(1) A certificate issued by the Secretary of State that...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Assembly Measures

      1. Part 1 Matters

        1.   Field 1: agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development Matter...

      2. Part 2 EXCEPTIONS TO MATTERS AND GENERAL RESTRICTIONS

        1. Exceptions to matters

          1. A1.These are the exceptions mentioned in section 94(4)(a) and (7)—...

        2. General restrictions

        3. Functions of Ministers of the Crown

          1. 1.(1) A provision of an Assembly Measure cannot remove or...

        4. Criminal offences

          1. 2.(1) A provision of an Assembly Measure cannot create, or...

        5. Police areas

          1. 2A.A provision of an Assembly Measure cannot make any alteration...

        6. Enactments other than this Act

          1. 3.A provision of an Assembly Measure cannot make modifications of,...

          2. 4.A provision of an Assembly Measure cannot make modifications of,...

          3. 5.A provision of an Assembly Measure cannot make modifications of,...

        7. This Act

          1. 6.(1) A provision of an Assembly Measure cannot make modifications...

      3. Part 3 EXCEPTIONS FROM GENERAL RESTRICTIONS IN PART 2

        1. Interpretation

        2. 6Z  In this Part “ general restrictions in Part 2 ”...

        3. Functions of Ministers of the Crown

          1. 7.(1) The general restrictions in Part 2 do not prevent...

        4. Police areas

          1. 7A.Part 2 does not prevent a provision of an Assembly...

        5. Comptroller and Auditor General

          1. 8.The general restrictions in Part 2 do not prevent a...

        6. Restatement

          1. 9.Part 2 does not prevent a provision of an Assembly...

        7. Subordinate legislation

          1. 10.The general restrictions in Part 2 do not prevent an...

        8. Data Protection Act 1998

        9. 11.Part 2 does not prevent an Assembly Measure making modifications...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Referendums on commencement of Assembly Act provisions

      1. Entitlement to vote

        1. 1.(1) The persons entitled to vote in a referendum held...

      2. Conduct etc. of referendum

        1. 2.(1) An Order in Council under section 103(1) may make...

      3. Referendum question and statement

        1. 3.(1) An Order in Council under section 103(1)—

      4. Date of referendum

        1. 4.(1) An Order in Council under section 103(1) must specify...

      5. Referendum period

        1. 5.An Order in Council under section 103(1) must determine the...

      6. Combination of polls

        1. 6.An Order in Council under section 103(1) may make provision...

      7. Encouraging voting

        1. 7.An Order in Council under section 103(1) may authorise or...

      8. Provision of information to voters

        1. 8.(1) This paragraph applies in relation to a referendum held...

      9. Referendum material

        1. 9.Section 126 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act...

      10. Funding and accounts

        1. 10.An Order in Council under section 103(1) must include provision...

        2. 11.An Order in Council under section 103(1) must include provision...

      11. No legal challenge to referendum result

        1. 12.(1) No court may entertain any proceedings for questioning the...

      12. Supplementary

        1. 13.An Order in Council under section 103(1) may include provision...

      13. Interpretation

        1. 14.Expressions used in this Schedule and in Part 7 of...

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Acts of the Assembly

      1. Part 1 Subjects

        1. Agriculture, forestry, animals, plants and rural development

          1. 1.Agriculture. Horticulture. Forestry. Fisheries and fishing. Animal health and welfare....

        2. Ancient monuments and historic buildings

          1. 2.Archaeological remains. Ancient monuments. Buildings and places of historical or...

        3. Culture

          1. 3.Arts and crafts. Museums and galleries. Libraries. Archives and historical...

        4. Economic development

          1. 4.Economic regeneration and development, including social development of communities, reclamation...

        5. Education and training

          1. 5.Education, vocational, social and physical training and the careers service....

        6. Environment

          1. 6.Environmental protection, including pollution, nuisances and hazardous substances. Prevention, reduction,...

        7. Fire and rescue services and fire safety

          1. 7.Fire and rescue services. Provision of automatic fire suppression systems...

        8. Food

          1. 8.Food and food products. Food safety (including packaging and other...

        9. Health and health services

          1. 9.Promotion of health. Prevention, treatment and alleviation of disease, illness,...

        10. Highways and transport

          1. 10.Highways, including bridges and tunnels. Streetworks. Traffic management and regulation....

        11. Housing

          1. 11.Housing. Housing finance except schemes supported from central or local...

        12. Local government

          1. 12.Constitution, structure and areas of local authorities. Electoral arrangements for...

        13. National Assembly for Wales

          1. 13.Complaints about Assembly members (including provision for and about an...

        14. Public administration

          1. 14.Public Services Ombudsman for Wales. Audit, examination, regulation and inspection...

        15. Social welfare

          1. 15.Social welfare including social services. Protection and well-being of children...

        16. Sport and recreation

          1. 16.Sport and recreational activities. Exception— Betting, gaming and lotteries.

        17. Tourism

          1. 17.Tourism.

        18. Town and country planning

          1. 18.Town and country planning, including listed buildings and conservation areas....

        19. Water and flood defence

          1. 19.Water supply, water resources management (including reservoirs), water quality and...

        20. Welsh language

          1. 20.Welsh language Exception— Use of the Welsh language in courts....

      2. Part 2 General restrictions

        1. Functions of a Minister of the Crown

          1. 1.(1) A provision of an Act of the Assembly cannot...

        2. Enactments other than this Act

          1. 2.(1) A provision of an Act of the Assembly cannot...

          2. 3.A provision of an Act of the Assembly cannot make...

          3. 4.A provision of an Act of the Assembly cannot make...

        3. This Act

          1. 5.(1) A provision of an Act of the Assembly cannot...

      3. Part 3 Exceptions from Part 2

        1. Functions of Ministers of the Crown

          1. 6.(1) Part 2 does not prevent a provision of an...

        2. Comptroller and Auditor General

          1. 7.Part 2 does not prevent a provision of an Act...

        3. Restatement

          1. 8.Part 2 does not prevent an Act of the Assembly—...

        4. Subordinate legislation

          1. 9.Part 2 does not prevent an Act of the Assembly...

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      Auditor General for Wales

      1. Appointment

        1. 1.(1) The Auditor General is to be appointed by Her...

      2. Tenure

        1. 2.(1) Subject as follows, a person appointed as Auditor General...

      3. Independence and status

        1. 3.(1) The Auditor General is not, in the exercise of...

      4. Corporation sole

        1. 4.The person for the time being holding the office of...

      5. Documents

        1. 5.(1) The application of the seal of the Auditor General...

      6. Remuneration

        1. 6.(1) The Assembly must— (a) pay the Auditor General such...

      7. Staff

        1. 7.(1) The Auditor General may appoint such staff or secure...

      8. Exercise of functions by staff etc.

        1. 8.(1) Any function of the Auditor General may be exercised...

      9. Special finance provisions

        1. 9.(1) Any sums payable by the Auditor General in consequence...

      10. Borrowing

        1. 10.The Auditor General may borrow sums in sterling (by way...

      11. Fees

        1. 11.(1) The Auditor General may charge a fee for auditing...

      12. Estimates

        1. 12.(1) For each financial year the Auditor General must—

      13. Accounts

        1. 13.(1) The Auditor General must, for each financial year, prepare...

      14. Auditor

        1. 14.(1) The Assembly must appoint an auditor of the accounts...

      15. Audit of accounts

        1. 15.(1) The accounts which the Auditor General is required to...

      16. Accounting officer

        1. 16.(1) The accounting officer for the Wales Audit Office is...

      17. Access to documents

        1. 17.(1) The Auditor General has a right of access at...

      18. Other powers

        1. 18.(1) Where— (a) the Welsh Ministers are entitled to appoint...

      19. Reports in public interest

        1. 19.(1) If the Auditor General thinks that it would be...

      20. Certification of claims, returns etc.

        1. 20.(1) The Auditor General must, if so required by a...

      21. Ancillary powers

        1. 21.(1) Arrangements may be made between the Auditor General and...

    9. SCHEDULE 9

      Devolution issues

      1. Part 1 Preliminary

        1. 1.(1) In this Schedule “devolution issue” means—

        2. 2.A devolution issue is not to be taken to arise...

      2. Part 2 Proceedings in England and Wales

        1. Application of Part 2

          1. 3.This Part applies in relation to devolution issues in proceedings...

        2. Institution of proceedings

          1. 4.(1) Proceedings for the determination of a devolution issue may...

        3. Notice of devolution issue

          1. 5.(1) A court or tribunal must order notice of any...

        4. Reference of devolution issue to High Court or Court of Appeal

          1. 6.A magistrates' court may refer any devolution issue which arises...

          2. 7.(1) A court may refer any devolution issue which arises...

          3. 8.A tribunal from which there is no appeal must refer...

          4. 9.A court, other than the Court of Appeal or the...

        5. References from Court of Appeal to Supreme Court

          1. 10.The Court of Appeal may refer any devolution issue which...

        6. Appeals from superior courts to Supreme Court

          1. 11.An appeal against a determination of a devolution issue by...

      3. Part 3 Proceedings in Scotland

        1. Application of Part 3

          1. 12.This Part applies in relation to devolution issues in proceedings...

        2. Institution of proceedings

          1. 13.(1) Proceedings for the determination of a devolution issue may...

        3. Intimation of devolution issue

          1. 14.(1) A court or tribunal must order intimation of any...

        4. Reference of devolution issue to higher court

          1. 15.A court, other than any court consisting of three or...

          2. 16.A tribunal from which there is no appeal must refer...

          3. 17.A court, other than any court consisting of two or...

        5. References from superior courts to Supreme Court

          1. 18.Any court consisting of three or more judges of the...

          2. 19.Any court consisting of two or more judges of the...

        6. Appeals from superior courts to Supreme Court

          1. 20.An appeal against a determination of a devolution issue by...

          2. 21.An appeal against a determination of a devolution issue by—...

      4. Part 4 Proceedings in Northern Ireland

        1. Application of Part 4

          1. 22.This Part applies in relation to devolution issues in proceedings...

        2. Institution of proceedings

          1. 23.(1) Proceedings for the determination of a devolution issue may...

        3. Notice of devolution issue

          1. 24.(1) A court or tribunal must order notice of any...

        4. Reference of devolution issue to Court of Appeal

          1. 25.A court, other than the Court of Appeal in Northern...

          2. 26.A tribunal from which there is no appeal must refer...

        5. References from Court of Appeal to Supreme Court

          1. 27.The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland may refer any...

        6. Appeals from Court of Appeal to Supreme Court

          1. 28.An appeal against a determination of a devolution issue by...

      5. Part 5 General

        1. Direct references to Supreme Court

          1. 29.(1) The relevant officer may require any court or tribunal...

          2. 30.(1) The Attorney General or the Counsel General may refer...

        2. Costs

          1. 31.(1) A court or tribunal before which any proceedings take...

        3. Procedure of courts and tribunals

          1. 32.Any power to make provision for regulating the procedure before...

        4. References to be for decision

          1. 33.Any function conferred by this Schedule to refer a devolution...

    10. SCHEDULE 10

      Minor and consequential amendments

      1. Statutory Instruments Act 1946 (c. 36)

        1. 1.The Statutory Instruments Act 1946 is amended as follows.

        2. 2.In section 1 (definition of “statutory instrument”), for subsection (1A)...

        3. 3.After section 11 insert— Application in relation to Wales (1) References in this Act to any Act include references...

      2. Laying of Documents before Parliament (Interpretation) Act 1948 (c. 59)

        1. 4.In section 1 of the Laying of Documents before Parliament...

      3. Defamation Act 1952 (c. 66)

        1. 5.In section 10 of the Defamation Act 1952 (limitation on...

      4. Defamation Act (Northern Ireland) 1955 (c. 11 (N.I.))

        1. 6.In section 10(1) of the Defamation Act (Northern Ireland) 1955...

      5. Public Records Act 1958 (c. 51)

        1. 7.In the First Schedule to the Public Records Act 1958...

      6. Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (c. 13)

        1. 8.In Schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (departments...

      7. Pensions (Increase) Act 1971 (c. 56)

        1. 9.In Part 2 of Schedule 2 to the Pensions (Increase)...

      8. Local Government Act 1974 (c. 7)

        1. 10.In section 27(1) of the Local Government Act 1974 (provisions...

      9. Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30)

        1. 11.In the Interpretation Act 1978, after section 23A insert— Measures...

      10. Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 (c. 65)

        1. 12.In paragraph 5 of Schedule 31 to the Local Government,...

      11. Mental Health Act 1983 (c. 20)

        1. 13.In section 141(9)(b) of the Mental Health Act 1983 (application...

      12. National Audit Act 1983 (c. 44)

        1. 14.The National Audit Act 1983 is amended as follows.

        2. 15.(1) Section 6 (departments, authorities and bodies subject to examinations...

        3. 16.(1) Section 8 (right to obtain documents and information) is...

        4. 17.(1) Section 9 (reports to House of Commons) is amended...

      13. Insolvency Act 1986 (c. 45)

        1. 18.In section 427(6B)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (application to...

      14. Public Order Act 1986 (c. 64)

        1. 19.In section 26(1) of the Public Order Act 1986 (saving...

      15. Finance Act 1987 (c. 16)

        1. 20.In section 55(1)(c) of the Finance Act 1987 (exemption from...

      16. Local Government Finance Act 1988 (c. 41)

        1. 21.In Schedule 8 to the Local Government Finance Act 1988...

      17. Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (c. 48)

        1. 22.The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is amended as...

        2. 23.In section 12(9) (duration of copyright in literary, dramatic, musical...

        3. 24.In section 49 (public records), for “the Government of Wales...

        4. 25.In section 153(2) (qualification for copyright protection), for “166B” substitute...

        5. 26.(1) Section 163 (Crown copyright) is amended as follows.

        6. 27.(1) Section 164 (copyright in Acts and Measures) is amended...

        7. 28.After section 166B insert— Copyright in proposed Measures of the...

        8. 29.(1) Section 178 (minor definitions) is amended as follows.

        9. 30.In section 179 (index of defined expressions), in column 2...

        10. 31.(1) Section 263(1) (Part 3: minor definitions) is amended as...

        11. 32.In paragraph 10(1) of Schedule 2 (public records), for “the...

      18. Housing Act 1988 (c. 50)

        1. 33.In paragraph 5 of Schedule 8 to the Housing Act...

      19. Official Secrets Act 1989 (c. 6)

        1. 34.In section 12 of the Official Secrets Act 1989 (meaning...

      20. Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (c. 8)

        1. 35.In section 321B of the Town and Country Planning Act...

      21. Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (c. 9)

        1. 36.In paragraph 8 of Schedule 3 to the Planning (Listed...

      22. Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990 (c. 10)

        1. 37.In paragraph 8 of the Schedule to the Planning (Hazardous...

      23. Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992 (c. 53)

        1. 38.In section 16(1) of the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992...

      24. Value Added Tax Act 1994 (c. 23)

        1. 39.In section 41(6) of the Value Added Tax Act 1994...

      25. Defamation Act 1996 (c. 31)

        1. 40.In paragraph 11(1)(c) of Schedule 1 to the Defamation Act...

      26. Government of Wales Act 1998 (c. 38)

        1. 41.The Government of Wales Act 1998 is amended as follows....

        2. 42.(1) Section 28 (reform of other Welsh public bodies) is...

        3. 43.(1) Section 104 (Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and...

        4. 44.(1) Section 105 (Forestry Commissioners) is amended as follows.

        5. 45.(1) Section 144 (power of Secretary of State by order...

        6. 46.(1) Section 145 (examinations by Auditor General into discharge of...

        7. 47.In section 145A(5) (studies by Auditor General into discharge of...

        8. 48.(1) Section 145C (studies by Auditor General into discharge of...

        9. 49.In section 146(4) (power of Secretary of State by order...

        10. 50.(1) Section 146A (transfer etc. of supervisory functions from the...

        11. 51.(1) Section 147 (power of Secretary of State by order...

        12. 52.In section 151(2) (power to make consequential amendments), for “22”...

        13. 53.(1) Section 154 (orders and directions) is amended as follows....

        14. 54.(1) Section 155 (interpretation) is amended as follows.

        15. 55.(1) Schedule 7 (Forestry Commissioners) is amended as follows.

      27. Human Rights Act 1998 (c. 42)

        1. 56.(1) Section 21(1) of the Human Rights Act 1998 (interpretation)...

      28. Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (c. 20)

        1. 57.In section 10 of the Government Resources and Accounts Act...

      29. Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (c. 41)

        1. 58.The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 is amended...

        2. 59.In section 8(3)(b) (functions exercisable only on recommendation of Electoral...

        3. 60.In section 10(6) (bodies to which Electoral Commission may give...

        4. 61.In section 13 (power of Electoral Commission to promote public...

      30. Finance Act 2003 (c. 14)

        1. 62.The Finance Act 2003 is amended as follows.

        2. 63.In section 61(3) (stamp duty land tax: compliance with planning...

        3. 64.In section 66(4) (stamp duty land tax: transfers involving public...

        4. 65.In section 107(2) (stamp duty land tax: Crown application)—

      31. Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (c. 5)

        1. 66.(1) Section 60 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act...

      32. Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005 (c. 10)

        1. 67.The Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005 is amended as...

        2. 68.In section 7(3)(b) (relevant action: Welsh health service bodies), for...

        3. 69.In section 8(2) (exclusion from investigation for matters not relating...

        4. 70.In section 9(1)(b) (exclusion from investigation of matters: right of...

        5. 71.(1) Section 10 (other excluded matters) is amended as follows....

        6. 72.In section 12 (decisions not to investigate etc.), omit subsection...

        7. 73.(1) Section 16 (reports of investigations) is amended as follows....

        8. 74.In section 21 (reports: alternative procedure), omit subsection (11).

        9. 75.In section 23 (special reports: supplementary), omit subsection (6).

        10. 76.(1) Section 24 (special reports relating to the Assembly) is...

        11. 77.(1) Section 25 (consultation and co-operation with other ombudsmen) is...

        12. 78.(1) Section 28 (listed authorities) is amended as follows.

        13. 79.(1) Section 29 (restrictions on power to amend Schedule 3)...

        14. 80.(1) Section 30 (provisions in orders adding persons to Schedule...

        15. 81.In section 40 (commencement), for “Assembly” substitute “ Welsh Ministers...

        16. 82.(1) Section 41 (interpretation) is amended as follows.

        17. 83.(1) Section 42 (former health care providers and social landlords)...

        18. 84.(1) Section 43 (consequential and transitional provision) is amended as...

        19. 85.(1) Section 44 (orders, regulations and directions) is amended as...

        20. 86.(1) Schedule 1 (Public Service Ombudsman for Wales: appointment etc.)...

        21. 87.In paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 (excluded matters), for “Assembly”...

        22. 88.In Schedule 3 (listed authorities), under the heading “Government of...

      33. Inquiries Act 2005 (c. 12)

        1. 89.The Inquiries Act 2005 is amended as follows.

        2. 90.In section 1(2) (“Ministers” who may cause inquiries to be...

        3. 91.(1) Section 27 (United Kingdom inquiries) is amended as follows....

        4. 92.In section 28(4) (Scottish inquiries), for “National Assembly for Wales”...

        5. 93.(1) Section 29 (Welsh inquiries) is amended as follows.

        6. 94.In section 30(5) (Northern Ireland inquiries), for “National Assembly for...

        7. 95.(1) Section 41 (rules) is amended as follows.

        8. 96.In section 43(1) (interpretation), in the definition of “the relevant...

        9. 97.In section 51(2) (commencement), for “National Assembly for Wales” substitute...

    11. SCHEDULE 11

      Transitional provisions

      1. Alteration of Assembly electoral regions

        1. 1.(1) Until the coming into force of section 16(1) of...

      2. 2007 election to be election to Assembly constituted by this Act

        1. 2.The 2007 election is an election to the Assembly constituted...

      3. First meeting after 2007 election

        1. 3.The first meeting of the Assembly constituted by this Act...

      4. Date of 2011 election

        1. 4.Until the first ordinary general election (or any extraordinary general...

      5. No dual constituency and regional candidacy

        1. 5.(1) Section 5 of the Government of Wales Act 1998...

        2. 6.(1) Section 7 of that Act (return of electoral region...

      6. Electoral region vacancies before first general election etc.

        1. 7.Section 11 has effect until the first general election as...

      7. Election orders

        1. 8.An order under section 11 of the Government of Wales...

      8. Term of office of Assembly members

        1. 9.Section 14 has effect until the first general election as...

      9. Disqualification Orders

        1. 10.An Order in Council under section 12(1)(b) of the Government...

      10. Disqualification of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary

        1. 11.A Lord of Appeal in Ordinary is disqualified from being...

      11. Remuneration of Assembly members etc.

        1. 12.(1) This paragraph has effect in relation to a determination...

        2. 13.An order under section 17 of the Government of Wales...

      12. Publication of information about remuneration of Assembly members

        1. 14.(1) Section 22(2) does not apply in relation to the...

      13. Assistance to groups of Assembly members

        1. 15.(1) A determination under section 34A of the Government of...

      14. First Presiding Officer

        1. 16.The reference in subsection (1) of section 25 to the...

      15. First Clerk

        1. 17.The member of the staff of the Assembly constituted by...

      16. Promotion of awareness of election system and devolved government

        1. 18.Paragraphs 5 and 6 of Schedule 2 have effect until...

      17. Crown status of Assembly Commission

        1. 19.Sub-paragraph (4) of paragraph 12 of Schedule 2 has effect...

      18. Standing orders

        1. 20.(1) The Secretary of State must, no later than 31st...

      19. Witnesses and documents: penalties

        1. 21.In relation to an offence committed before the coming into...

      20. Exercise of functions before appointment of first First Minister

        1. 22.(1) Nothing in this Act (including in particular the repeal...

        2. 23.(1) This paragraph and paragraph 24 have effect during the...

        3. 24.(1) This paragraph applies to functions of the Assembly constituted...

        4. 25.(1) Where a function of making, confirming or approving subordinate...

      21. Saving for existing instruments conferring or imposing functions

        1. 26.(1) Any provision of an Order in Council under section...

        2. 27.Orders under section 27 of the Government of Wales Act...

        3. 28.(1) Designations made under section 2(2) of the European Communities...

      22. First nomination of First Minister

        1. 29.The reference in section 47(2)(a) to the holding of a...

      23. Transfer of Assembly functions

        1. 30.(1) Subject to paragraph 31, the relevant Assembly functions are...

        2. 31.(1) Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide for—...

        3. 32.(1) This paragraph applies so far as may be necessary...

      24. Functions transferred by Order in Council under section 22 of the Government of Wales Act 1998: Parliamentary and Assembly procedure

        1. 33.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) a function to make...

      25. Functions conferred or imposed by pre-commencement enactment: Parliamentary and Assembly procedure

        1. 34.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) a function to make...

        2. 35.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) a function to make...

      26. Instrument containing provisions under transferred power and provision under power in section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972: Assembly procedure

        1. 35A.(1) —(1) Paragraph 2A of Schedule 2 to the ECA 1972...

      27. Transfers of Assembly functions: laying of reports and statements

        1. 36.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) a function to make...

        2. 37.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) a function to make...

      28. Transfers of Assembly functions: property, rights and liabilities

        1. 38.(1) In paragraphs 39 and 40 “transferred function” means a...

        2. 39.(1) The property, rights and liabilities to which the Assembly...

        3. 40.(1) Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide that...

        4. 41.(1) The Secretary of State may by order provide for...

        5. 42.(1) A certificate issued by the Secretary of State that...

      29. Criminal Liability of the Assembly

        1. 42A.(1) —(1) In this paragraph, “ criminal liability of the Assembly...

      30. Staff of the Assembly

        1. 43.(1) Subject as follows, at the end of the initial...

      31. Powers to lend money

        1. 44.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) a power to lend...

      32. Local government scheme

        1. 45.(1) Any scheme under section 113(1) of the Government of...

      33. Voluntary sector scheme

        1. 46.(1) Any scheme under section 114(1) of the Government of...

      34. Equality of opportunity arrangements

        1. 47.(1) Any arrangements under section 120(1) of the Government of...

      35. Welsh language strategy and scheme

        1. 48.(1) The National Action Plan for a Bilingual Wales (or...

      36. Sustainable development scheme

        1. 49.(1) Any scheme under section 121(1) of the Government of...

      37. Orders in Council amending Schedule 5

        1. 50.(1) Section 95 has effect until the end of the...

        2. 51.Section 96 has effect until the end of the initial...

      38. Assembly Measures: criminal penalties

        1. 52.(1) No term of imprisonment of more than six months...

      39. Payments into the Welsh Consolidated Fund

        1. 53A.No later than four weeks after a certified copy of...

        2. 53B.(1) No later than four weeks after a certified copy...

        3. 53.No later than four weeks after a certified copy of...

      40. Grants

        1. 54.Until the end of the initial period section 118(2) has...

      41. Statement of estimated payments

        1. 55.In its application for the financial year beginning on 1st...

      42. Destination of receipts

        1. 56.Until the end of the initial period section 120 has...

      43. Borrowing

        1. 57.(1) Until the end of the initial period section 121(1)...

      44. Payments out of Welsh Consolidated Fund.

        1. 58.Until the end of the initial period section 124(3) has...

        2. 59.Until the end of the initial period—

      45. Annual Budget motions

        1. 60.(1) In its application for the financial year beginning on...

      46. Supplementary Budget motions

        1. 61.(1) In its application for the financial year beginning on...

      47. Contingencies

        1. 62.(1) Until the end of the initial period, section 128...

      48. Approvals to draw

        1. 63.(1) This paragraph applies until the end of the initial...

      49. Preparation of Assembly's annual accounts for financial year ending 31st...

      50. 63A.The function of the Assembly constituted by the Government of...

      51. Preparation of whole of government accounts for year ending 31st...

      52. 63B.The function of the Assembly constituted by the Government of...

      53. Auditor General

        1. 64.The person who, immediately before the commencement of the repeal...

      54. Auditor General's staff

      55. 64A.The members of staff employed by the Auditor General immediately...

      56. Audit of Auditor General's accounts

      57. 64B.The person appointed as the auditor of the accounts for...

      58. 64C.Paragraph 15 of Schedule 8 (audit of accounts) applies to...

      59. Audit Committee reports

      60. 64D.The reference in section 143(1) (Audit Committee reports) to any...

      61. Examinations into use of resources by the 1998 Assembly

      62. 64E.(1) Notwithstanding the repeal of section 100 of the Government...

      63. Remuneration of the Auditor General

      64. 64F.Any sums required by the Assembly constituted by the Government...

      65. Remuneration etc. of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

      66. 64G.Any sums required by the Assembly constituted by the Government...

      67. Advocate General for Northern Ireland

        1. 65.(1) Until the coming into force of section 27(1) of...

      68. The Supreme Court

        1. 66.(1) Until the coming into force of section 23(1) of...

        2. 67.(1) This paragraph has effect until the coming into force...

    12. SCHEDULE 12

      Repeals and revocations

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