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Government of Wales Act 2006

Part 1: Functions transferable etc.

670.Paragraph 1 provides that an Order in Council under section 58 may make provision about any Ministerial function, including one created after the passing of the Act. However, this does not apply to functions of the Secretary of State under the Act itself, other than the power to vary the date of an Assembly general election under section 4.

671.Paragraph 2 provides that a function of a Minister of the Crown which is exercisable in relation to the Welsh language or to any other aspect of Welsh culture is to be regarded as exercisable in relation to Wales.

672.Paragraph 3 extends the power to make provision by Order in Council under section 58 to include provision about Ministerial functions in relation to cross-border bodies (i.e. bodies exercising functions or carrying on activities in or with respect to Wales or part of Wales but also with respect to other areas) and in relation to English border areas (i.e. parts of England adjoining Wales). In the case of English border areas the power will however only be able to be exercised in relation to functions relating to certain water matters, and only if the Order in Council (or an earlier one) has made corresponding provision about that function so far as exercisable in relation to Wales or part of Wales adjoining England.

673.Paragraph 4 enables an Order in Council under section 58 to impose on Ministers of the Crown a duty to consult the Welsh Ministers before exercising certain functions in relation to that part of the sea adjacent to Wales but beyond the 12-mile limit.

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