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157Orders and directionsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Any power of a Minister of the Crown or the Welsh Ministers under this Act to make an order is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(2)Any such power and any power under this Act to make an Order in Council—

(a)may be exercised so as to make different provision for different cases or classes of case or different purposes,

(b)may be exercised so as to make provision which applies generally or subject to specified exemptions or exceptions or only in relation to specific cases or classes of case, and

(c)includes power to make supplementary, incidental, consequential, transitory, transitional or saving provision.

(3)Any power conferred by this Act to give a direction includes power to vary or revoke the direction.

158InterpretationE+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this Act (except where the context otherwise requires)—

  • [F1EU]” means—

    (a)

    all the rights, powers, liabilities, obligations and restrictions from time to time created or arising by or under the [F1EU] Treaties, and

    (b)

    all the remedies and procedures from time to time provided for by or under the [F1EU] Treaties,

  • the Convention rights” has the same meaning as in the Human Rights Act 1998 (c. 42),

  • cross-border body” means any body (including a government department) or undertaker exercising functions, or carrying on activities, in or with respect to Wales (or any part of Wales) and anywhere else,

  • enactment” includes an Assembly Measure, an Act of the Assembly and subordinate legislation (but see also subsection (2)),

  • English border area” means a part of England adjoining Wales (but not the whole of England),

  • financial year” means the twelve months ending with 31st March,

  • function” means power or duty,

  • government department” means any department of the Government of the United Kingdom,

  • international obligations” means any international obligations of the United Kingdom other than obligations to observe and implement [F1EU] law or the Convention rights,

  • Minister of the Crown” includes the Treasury,

  • modifications” includes amendments, repeals and revocations,

  • subordinate legislation” has the same meaning as in the Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30) (including an instrument made under an Assembly Measure or Act of the Assembly),

  • tribunal” means any tribunal in which legal proceedings may be brought, F2. . .

  • Wales” includes the sea adjacent to Wales out as far as the seaward boundary of the territorial sea.[F3, and

  • Welsh zone” means the sea adjacent to Wales which is—

    (a)

    within British fishery limits (that is, the limits set by or under section 1 of the Fishery Limits Act 1976), and

    (b)

    specified in an Order in Council under section 58 or an order under subsection (3).]

(2)In sections 95(3), 109(2)[F4, 116C(2)][F5, 150A(2)] and 151(2) “enactment” includes an Act of the Scottish Parliament and an instrument made under such an Act.

[F6(3)The Secretary of State may by order determine, or make provision for determining, for the purposes of the definitions of “Wales” and the “Welsh zone”, any boundary between waters which are to be treated as parts of the sea adjacent to Wales, or sea within British fishery limits adjacent to Wales, and those which are not.]

(4)An Order in Council under section 58 may include any provision that may be included in an order under subsection (3).

(5)No order is to be made under subsection (3) unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing it has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(6)Section 13 of the National Audit Act 1983 (c. 44) (interpretation of references to the Committee of Public Accounts) applies for the purposes of this Act as for those of that Act.

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F3S. 158(1): definition of "Welsh Zone" and preceding word inserted (12.11.2009 for certain purposes and 12.1.2010 in so far as not already in force) by Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (c. 23), ss. 43(2), 324; S.I. 2009/3345, art. 2, Sch. para. 7

F4Word in s. 158(2) inserted (17.2.2015) by Wales Act 2014 (c. 29), ss. 6(5), 29(2)(b)(3)

F5Word in s. 158(2) inserted (31.3.2017) by Wales Act 2017 (c. 4), ss. 16(2), 71(2)(c) (with Sch. 7 paras. 1, 6)

F6S. 158(3) substituted (12.11.2009 for certain purposes and 12.1.2010 in so far as not already in force) by Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (c. 23), ss. 43(3), 324; S.I. 2009/3345, art. 2, Sch. para. 7

159Index of defined expressionsE+W+S+N.I.

In this Act the following expressions are defined or otherwise explained by the provisions indicated—

the 2007 electionsection 161(1)
Acts of the Assemblysection 107(1)
annual Budget motionsection 125(1)
the Assemblysection 1(1)
the Assembly Act provisionssection 103(8)
the Assembly Commissionsection 27(1)
Assembly constituencysection 2(1)
Assembly constituency membersection 1(2)(a)
Assembly electoral regionsection 2(2) and (3) F7...
Assembly Measuressection 93(1)
Assembly membersection 1(3)
Assembly proceedingssection 1(5)
Assembly regional membersection 1(2)(b)
Assembly's legislative competence (in relation to Acts of the Assembly)section 108
Assembly's legislative competence (in relation to Assembly Measures)section 94
the Audit Committeesection 30(1)
the Auditor Generalsection 145(1)
Budget resolution of the Assemblysection 120(8)
the Clerksection 26(1)
the Committee of Public Accountssection 158(6)
[F1EU] lawsection 158(1)
constituency votesection 6(2)
the Convention rightssection 158(1)
the Counsel Generalsection 45(1)(c)
cross-border bodysection 158(1)
the Deputy Presiding Officersection 25(1)(b)
Deputy Welsh Ministersection 50
[F8devolved taxsection 116A(4)]
electoral region figuresection 8(5)
electoral region votesection 6(3)
enactmentsection 158(1) and (2)
English border areasection 158(1)
financial yearsection 158(1)
the First Ministersections 46 and 47
functionsection 158(1)
government departmentsection 158(1)
the initial periodsection 161(5)
international obligationssection 158(1)
member of the staff of the Assemblyparagraph 3(2) of Schedule 2
member of the staff of the Welsh F9... Governmentsection 52
Minister of the Crownsection 158(1)
modificationssection 158(1)
political groupsection 24(5)
political group with an executive rolesection 25(8)
the Presiding Officersection 25(1)(a)
the principal accounting officer for the Assembly Commissionsection 138(1) and (2)
the principal accounting officer for the Welsh Ministerssection 129(6) and (7)
regional returning officersection 7(7)
registered political partysection 6(6)
relevant enactment (in sections 124 to 128)section 124(4)
the relevant persons (in sections 124 to 128)section 124(3)
the standing orderssection 31(1)
subordinate legislationsection 158(1)
supplementary Budget motionsection 126(1)
tribunalsection 158(1)
use of resourcessection 125(4)
Walessection 158(1), (3) and (4)
Welsh F9... Governmentsection 45(1)
Welsh Consolidated Fundsection 117
the Welsh Ministerssection 45(2)
[F10“Welsh zone”section 158(1), (3) and (4)]
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F8Words in s. 159 inserted (17.2.2015) by Wales Act 2014 (c. 29), ss. 6(6), 29(2)(b)(3)

F9Words in Act omitted (17.2.2015) by virtue of Wales Act 2014 (c. 29), s. 4(2)(a) (with s. 4(3))

F10S. 159: entry in index inserted (12.11.2009 for certain purposes and 12.1.2010 in so far as not already in force) by Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (c. 23), ss. 43, 324, Sch. 4 Pt. 2 para. 6(8); S.I. 2009/3345, art. 2, Sch. para. 7

160Minor and consequential amendmentsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)For minor and consequential amendments see Schedule 10.

(2)The Secretary of State may by order make such modifications of—

(a)any enactment contained in an Act passed before or in the same session as this Act, or

(b)any enactment contained in an instrument made before the passing of this Act or in the session in which this Act is passed,

as the Secretary of State considers appropriate in consequence of this Act.

(3)No order containing provision under subsection (2)(a) is to be made unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing it has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(4)A statutory instrument containing an order under subsection (2) is (unless a draft of the statutory instrument has been approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament) subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

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Commencement Information

I1S. 160(1) in force immediately after "the 2007 election" by s. 161(1) (subject to s. 161(4)(5)); s. 160(2)-(4) in force at Royal Assent, see s. 161(2)

161CommencementE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subject as follows, this Act comes into force immediately after the ordinary election under section 3 of the Government of Wales Act 1998 (c. 38) held in 2007 (referred to in this Act as “the 2007 election”).

(2)The following provisions come into force on the day on which this Act is passed—

  • paragraphs 5, 6 and 12 of Schedule 2,

  • sections 95 and 96 and Schedule 5,

  • section 109 and Schedule 7,

  • section 119 and the repeal by Schedule 12 of section 81 of the Government of Wales Act 1998,

  • section 120(3) and (7),

  • section 125 and the repeal by Schedule 12 of section 86 of the Government of Wales Act 1998,

  • sections 157 to 159,

  • section 160(2) to (4),

  • the amendment made by paragraph 61 of Schedule 10 in section 13 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (c. 41),

  • this section,

  • section 162 and Schedule 11,

  • the repeal by Schedule 12 of section 12(1)(d) of the Government of Wales Act 1998, and

  • sections 164 to 166.

(3)The following provisions come into force on 1st April 2007—

  • sections 117 and 118 and the repeal by Schedule 12 of section 80 of the Government of Wales Act 1998,

  • section 120(1) and (2), (4) to (6) and (8) and the repeal by Schedule 12 of section 84 of that Act,

  • sections 121 and 122 and the repeal by Schedule 12 of section 82 of that Act,

  • section 124 and the repeal by Schedule 12 of sections 85(1) and 89 of that Act,

  • section 126,

  • sections 128 and 129, and

  • the amendments in the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 (c. 65), the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (c. 41) and the Housing Act 1988 (c. 50) made by Schedule 10.

(4)Subject to subsections (2), (3) and (6), the following provisions come into force immediately after the end of the initial period—

(a)any provision of this Act so far as relating to functions of the Welsh Ministers, the First Minister, the Counsel General or the Assembly Commission,

(b)any provision of this Act so far as relating to the Auditor General or the Comptroller and Auditor General,

(c)any other provision consisting of an amendment made in the Government of Wales Act 1998 (c. 38) by Schedule 10, and

(d)the repeal by Schedule 12 of provisions falling to be repealed in consequence of any provision within paragraph (a), (b) or (c).

(5)In this Act “the initial period” means the period—

(a)beginning with the day of the poll at the 2007 election, and

(b)ending with the day on which the first appointment is made under section 46.

(6)The repeals by Schedule 12 of each of sections 83, 88, 93(8), 97 and 101A of the Government of Wales Act 1998 (and of the other provisions of that Act so far as relating to them) come into force when the section has been complied with for the financial year ending with 31st March 2007 (and earlier financial years); and sections 123, 131, 132 and 141 do not apply for that financial year.

(7)The Assembly Act provisions come into force in accordance with section 105.

162Transitional etc. provisionE+W+S+N.I.

(1)For transitional and transitory provisions and savings see Schedule 11.

(2)The Secretary of State may by order make any other transitional, transitory or saving provision which may appear appropriate in consequence of, or otherwise in connection with, this Act.

(3)An order under subsection (2) may, in particular, include any savings from the effect of any amendment or repeal or revocation made by this Act.

(4)Nothing in Schedule 11 limits the power conferred by subsection (2); and such an order may, in particular, make modifications of that Schedule.

(5)Nothing in that Schedule, or in any provision made by virtue of subsection (2), prejudices the operation of sections 16 and 17 of the Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30).

(6)No order under subsection (2) which contains provisions in the form of amendments or repeals of any provision contained in any of paragraphs 30 to 35, 50 and 51 of Schedule 11 is to be made unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing it has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(7)A statutory instrument containing an order under subsection (2) is (unless a draft of the statutory instrument has been approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament) subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

163Repeals and revocationsE+W+S+N.I.

For repeals and revocations of enactments (including some spent enactments) see Schedule 12.

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Commencement Information

I2This provision in force immediately after "the 2007 election" by s. 161(1) (subject to s. 161(4)(5))

164Financial provisionE+W+S+N.I.

(1)There is to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—

(a)any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown or government department by virtue of this Act, and

(b)any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money provided by Parliament.

(2)There are to be paid into the Consolidated Fund any sums received by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of this Act (other than any required to be paid into the National Loans Fund).

165ExtentE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The following provisions—

  • section 36(7) to (9),

  • section 39, and

  • section 40(2) and (3),

extend only to England and Wales.

(2)The amendments, and repeals and revocations, made by this Act have the same extent as the enactments amended or repealed or revoked.

166Short titleE+W+S+N.I.

This Act may be cited as the Government of Wales Act 2006.

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