“Inclusive” approach to exercise of functions
Section 83: Agency arrangements and provision of services
304.This section empowers the Welsh Ministers (and the First Minister and Counsel General) and any Minister of the Crown, government department, public authority or holder of a public office in England and Wales, to enter into an arrangement under which each (including their respective staffs) exercises functions of the other. Functions to which such arrangements may relate may not, however, include functions of making, confirming or approving subordinate legislation contained in a statutory instrument. The fact that a party to such an arrangement has made arrangements under it for the other party to exercise a function on its behalf does not relieve the former of its legal responsibility in relation to the exercise of that function.