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Government of Wales Act 2006

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Section 58: Transfer of Ministerial functions

253.This section provides a mechanism for transferring to the Welsh Ministers (or specifically to the First Minister or to the Counsel General) functions in relation to Wales which are exercisable by a Minister of the Crown. The transfer is to be by Order in Council which will require approval by both Houses of Parliament and by the Welsh Ministers. (Any subsequent Order in Council varying or revoking such an Order would also require such approval).

254.The Order in Council transferring a function to the Welsh Ministers, to the First Minister or to the Counsel General may provide for the function to be exercised concurrently with any other of them.

255.An Order in Council under this section may, instead of transferring functions to the Welsh Ministers (etc.) provide for them to be exercisable, in relation to Wales, concurrently by the Welsh Ministers and by a Minister of the Crown. Where a function continues to be exercisable solely by a Minister of the Crown, an Order in Council may impose a requirement that the Minister in question, when proposing to exercise that function in relation to Wales, must first obtain the agreement of the Welsh Ministers or, alternatively, must first consult them.

256.A number of detailed provisions about the scope and operation of transfers of functions under this section are contained in Schedule 3.

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