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Government of Wales Act 2006

Part 2: Exercise of transferred functions

674.Where a power to make subordinate legislation has been transferred to the Welsh Ministers, paragraph 5 provides that it may still be exercised by the Minister of the Crown from whom it was transferred, for the purpose of implementing, or enabling the implementation of ,any European Community obligations of the United Kingdom, enabling UK rights under Community law to be exercised and for ancillary purposes.

675.An Order in Council transferring a function to the Welsh Ministers, the First Minister or the Counsel General in relation to a cross-border body or to an English border area, or providing for such a function to be exercisable concurrently by the Welsh Ministers etc and a Minister of the Crown may, under paragraph 6, provide that the function may only be exercised by the Welsh Ministers etc with the agreement of, or after consulting, a Minister of the Crown.

676.Where a function is transferred to the Welsh Ministers, First Minister or Counsel General, and the Minister of the Crown from whom it is to be transferred was required, before exercising it, to obtain the agreement of, or consult with, another Minister of the Crown or to obtain the authorisation of Parliament, paragraph 7 provides that the requirement in question is not to apply to the Welsh Ministers etc unless the Order in Council transferring the function provides that it should. Where an Order in Council directs that a function is to be exercisable by the Welsh Ministers etc concurrently with a Minister of the Crown, and such a requirement applies to the exercise of that function by the Minister of the Crown, then paragraph 7 provides that the Order in Council may provide that it is to be exercisable by the Welsh Ministers etc free from that requirement.

677.Paragraph 8 provides that an Order in Council under section 58 making a function exercisable by the Welsh Ministers, the First Minister or the Counsel General, may make the exercise of the function subject to consultation with, or authorisation from, the Assembly or the Assembly Commission. It also confirms that an Order in Council under section 58 making a function exercisable by the Welsh Ministers, First Minister or Counsel General, can require the Welsh Ministers etc to lay a report before the Assembly or send documents to the Clerk to the Assembly, in connection with the exercise of that function.

678.Paragraph 9 makes provision for Assembly procedures (and in some cases Parliamentary procedures) to apply to subordinate legislation made (or approved or confirmed) by the Welsh Ministers, First Minister or Counsel General under powers transferred to them or otherwise made exercisable by them under an Order in Council under section 58, in those cases where a Minister of the Crown would have been subject to Parliamentary procedures when making, approving or confirming legislation under those powers.

679.Where an instrument contains provision to be made (etc.) by the Welsh Ministers, First Minister or Counsel General together with a Minister of the Crown, or which relates to an English border area or a cross-border body (other than one which only relates to the functions of that body in relation to Wales), any Parliamentary procedure (i.e. any requirement to lay a draft of the legislation before Parliament and any requirement to obtain the approval of either or each House of Parliament before making it or any power of either or each House to annul it by resolution) is to continue to apply (in addition to any Assembly procedure).

680.Provisions which require instruments made by Ministers of the Crown to be confirmed by Act of Parliament (“provisional orders”) or which apply special parliamentary procedure to an order are not to apply when they are made by the Welsh Ministers, First Minister or Counsel General instead, unless either one of the situations referred to in the previous paragraph above applies or, in the case of a “special parliamentary procedure” order, the Order in Council empowering the Welsh Ministers etc to make the order in question specifically requires it. Equivalent Assembly procedures laid down by Assembly standing orders are to apply instead.

681.Subject to the above, subordinate legislation made by the Welsh Ministers, First Minister or Counsel General under powers conferred on them by an Order in Council under section 58 is to be subject to Assembly procedures equivalent to the Parliamentary procedures which would have applied it been made by a Minister of the Crown, i.e. “affirmative” or “negative” procedure as the case may be, substituting a requirement for approval or liability to annulment by resolution of the Assembly for approval or annulment by resolution of either or each House of Parliament. The standing orders of the Assembly are to make detailed provision for the relevant procedures.

682.Paragraph 10 provides that where a function of making or receiving a report or statement was subject to a requirement to lay the report before Parliament, and an Order in Council under section 58 makes that function exercisable by the Welsh Ministers, First Minister or Counsel General, the requirement to lay the report before Parliament applies as if it was a requirement to lay the report before the Assembly

683.Paragraph 11 makes provision about certain powers to lend money which may be transferred to the Welsh Ministers by Order in Council under section 58. Where, prior to transfer, the sums required to make such loans were required to be charged on the National Loans Fund, this paragraph provides that they are instead to be charged on the Welsh Consolidated Fund. Similarly, where the repayments of such loans were formerly paid into the National Loans Fund, they are instead to be paid into the Welsh Consolidated Fund.

684.Paragraph 11 also makes provision in relation to existing loans, made by Ministers of the Crown out of the National Loans Fund prior to transfer. Upon transfer of the power to the Welsh Ministers, repayments of, and payments of interest on, the outstanding loans are to be paid into the Welsh Consolidated Fund, via the Welsh Ministers. The outstanding principal amounts on such loans at the date of transfer are to be treated as loans made by the Secretary of State to the Welsh Ministers, who are obliged to repay these amounts to the Secretary of State for payment into the National Loans Fund. It is at the Treasury’s discretion to set the dates and methods of repayment to the Secretary of State, and to set the rates and times at which interest must be paid to the Secretary of State.

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