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Government of Wales Act 2006


Section 103: Referendum about commencement of Assembly Act provisions

377.This section allows a referendum to be held in Wales on whether those sections in the Act which give the Assembly power to pass Acts (“the Assembly Act provisions”), should come into force.

378.If the majority of voters in a referendum vote for the Assembly Act provisions to come into force, they are to be brought into force by commencement order made by the Welsh Ministers.

379.There is no power to bring the sections into force without the prior approval of the majority of voters in a referendum.

380.The section deals with the mechanism for calling a referendum.

381.Subsection (3) makes it clear that, if the majority of voters vote against the Assembly Act provisions being brought into force, this will not bar the holding of a later referendum on the same issue.

382.Subsection (4) provides that a recommendation to Her Majesty to make an Order initiating a referendum may only be made if the draft Order has been approved by the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Assembly.

383.Subsection (5) provides that any Assembly resolution to approve a draft Order in Council will only be effective if the number of Assembly Members voting for it represent two-thirds or more of the total Assembly seats (as opposed to the total number of Assembly Members voting).

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