Search Legislation

Government of Wales Act 2006


Section 89: Rights and liabilities of the Crown in different capacities

310.The Crown was originally regarded as indivisible. The effect of devolution to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is however that the devolved administrations are, within the scopes of their respective powers, autonomous even though they exercise their functions on behalf of the Crown. In practice, therefore, each, together with the United Kingdom government, is a distinct entity and this section makes it clear that as far as legal rights and liabilities are concerned, each (“the Crown in right of Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom”, “the Crown in right of the Welsh Assembly Government” and so on) is to be treated as having separate legal personality. Property may be transferred between them, contracts between them may be entered into and they may be separate parties to legal proceedings.

Back to top


Print Options


Explanatory Notes

Text created by the government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Public Acts except Appropriation, Consolidated Fund, Finance and Consolidation Acts.


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources