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Government of Wales Act 2006

Paragraph 1:  Alteration of Assembly electoral regions

789.Schedule 1 deals with the making of alterations to the Assembly electoral regions and to the numbers of seats allocated to those regions, as a consequence of changes to the parliamentary constituencies in Wales. The Schedule places requirements on the Electoral Commission and the Boundary Committee for Wales (both of which are established under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA)) in relation to the consideration of the issue of whether any alteration would be required in the Assembly electoral regions, or in the allocation of seats to those regions, as a consequence of alterations to any parliamentary constituencies in Wales which may be made (referred to in Schedule 1 as “the Assembly electoral region issue”).

790.Paragraph 1 of Schedule 11 provides that Schedule 1 is to have effect with certain modifications, until such time as the functions of the Boundary Commission for Wales are transferred to the Electoral Commission, and functions are conferred on the Boundary Committee for Wales, by the coming into force of section 16 (1) of PPERA for those purposes. As applied with the modifications, Schedule 1 will not contain provisions which relate to functions of the Electoral Commission and Boundary Committee for Wales which are not in force, and will impose requirements in relation to the Assembly electoral region issue on the Boundary Commission for Wales.

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