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Government of Wales Act 2006

“Inclusive” approach to exercise of functions

Section 84: Different exercise of functions by Welsh Ministers etc.

305.Where an enactment (usually an Act of Parliament) confers a power in relation to England and to Wales (or in relation to England and Wales and also to some other territory, such as Scotland) and the power is exercisable in relation to Wales by the Welsh Ministers (or the First Minister or Counsel General) but in relation to England by a Minister of the Crown, this section makes it clear that the fact that the power is exercisable under the same provision does not require it to be exercised in the same way in relation to both countries or indeed require it to be exercised at all by the Welsh Ministers etc. in relation to Wales. In other words the Welsh Ministers etc. may exercise their discretion as to how to exercise such functions differently from the way in which the relevant Minister of the Crown exercises the same discretion in relation to England. However, the provision made by this section is subject to any different provision which might be made by the enactment etc which gave the power to the Welsh Ministers, First Minister or Counsel General.

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