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Government of Wales Act 2006

Ministers, staff, etc

Section 52: Staff

237.This section makes provision as respects persons appointed by the Welsh Ministers to be members of the staff of the Welsh Assembly Government. Staff are members of the Home Civil Service and, accordingly, their appointment is subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Order in Council. Responsibility for the management of such staff will therefore ultimately remain with the Minister for the Civil Service (i.e. the Prime Minister) but provision is made enabling responsibility for their day to day management to be delegated in the same way as happens for government departments in the UK Government.

238.The Welsh Ministers are responsible for payment of salary and allowances to or in respect of the staff of the Welsh Assembly Government. Section 1(2) and (3) of the Superannuation Act 1972 have effect as if references to a Minister of the Crown (other than the Minister for the Civil Service) included the Welsh Ministers. This allows functions relating to civil service pensions to be delegated to the Welsh Ministers.

239.The Welsh Ministers are required to make payments to the Minister for the Civil Service of such amounts as the Minister for the Civil Service may determine in respect of the pensions etc. payable to persons who are or have been in service as staff of the Welsh Assembly Government and in respect of any expenses to be incurred in administering those pensions etc.. The Welsh Ministers may also, if they so wish, make payments towards the provision of pensions, allowances and gratuities to or in respect of any person who is or has been a member of staff of the Welsh Assembly Government.

240.Subsection (9) gives statutory effect, in relation to the staff of the Welsh Assembly Government to the application of the “Carltona” principle (see Carltona Ltd. V. Commissioners of Works [1948] 2 All ER 560) namely that the functions vested in the Welsh Ministers (or First Minister or Counsel General) may, in the absence of any express statutory prohibition, be exercised in their name and under their authority by officials.

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