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Transfer of Assembly functionsE+W+S+N.I.

30(1)Subject to paragraph 31, the relevant Assembly functions are transferred to the Welsh Ministers immediately after the end of the initial period.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The relevant Assembly functions” means functions exercisable by the Assembly constituted by the Government of Wales Act 1998 (c. 38)—

(a)immediately before the end of the initial period, by virtue of an Order in Council under section 22 of the Government of Wales Act 1998,

(b)immediately before the end of that period, as a result of a designation made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 (c. 68) by virtue of subsection (1) of section 29 of the Government of Wales Act 1998,

(c)immediately before the end of that period, as a result of having been conferred or imposed on it by an enactment contained in an Act, other than an enactment contained in the Government of Wales Act 1998, or by a prerogative instrument, or

(d)immediately before the end of that period, as a result of having been conferred or imposed on it by subordinate legislation (including subordinate legislation made under the Government of Wales Act 1998).

(3)For the purposes of this paragraph a function is “exercisable” at any time even if the enactment transferring, conferring or imposing it has not come into force at that time.

31(1)Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide for—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the transfer of any of the relevant Assembly functions to—

(i)the First Minister, or

(ii)the Counsel General,

(b)the transfer of any of the relevant Assembly functions, other than functions of making, confirming or approving subordinate legislation, to the Assembly Commission, or

(c)any of the relevant Assembly functions, other than functions of making, confirming or approving subordinate legislation, to be functions of the Assembly.

(2)Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide for any relevant Assembly function that is a function of making, confirming or approving subordinate legislation in relation to any matter not to be transferred to the Welsh Ministers and, unless the Assembly already has power to pass Assembly Measures in relation to that matter, amend Part 1 of Schedule 5 to enable the Assembly to have instead power to pass Assembly Measures in relation to that matter—

(a)in the same terms as the relevant Assembly function, or

(b)in terms differing from those terms to such extent as appears appropriate.

(3)Her Majesty may by Order in Council—

(a)direct that any function transferred by paragraph 30 is to be exercisable by any one or more of the First Minister, the Counsel General, the Assembly Commission and the Assembly concurrently with the Welsh Ministers,

(b)direct that any function in relation to which provision is made by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) for it to be transferred to, or continue to be a function of, any person or body is to be exercisable by any other person or body specified in that sub-paragraph concurrently with that person or body, or

(c)direct that any function transferred by paragraph 30, or transferred to the First Minister or the Counsel General by virtue of sub-paragraph (1), is to be exercisable by the Welsh Ministers, the First Minister or the Counsel General only with the agreement of, or after consultation with, the Assembly Commission.

(4)An Order in Council under sub-paragraph (1), (2) or (3) may make such modifications of—

(a)any enactment (including any enactment comprised in or made under this Act) or prerogative instrument, or

(b)any other instrument or document,

as Her Majesty considers appropriate in connection with the provision made by the Order in Council.

(5)No recommendation is to be made to Her Majesty in Council to make an Order in Council under sub-paragraph (1) or (3) in relation to a function which has already been transferred to the Welsh Ministers, the First Minister or the Counsel General without the consent of those persons or that person to the recommendation.

(6)No recommendation is to be made to Her Majesty in Council to make an Order in Council under sub-paragraph (2) unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing the Order in Council has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, the Assembly constituted by the Government of Wales Act 1998 (c. 38); and a statutory instrument containing an Order in Council under that sub-paragraph is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(7)No recommendation is to be made to Her Majesty in Council to make an Order in Council under sub-paragraph (1) or (3) unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing the Order in Council has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(8)But sub-paragraph (7) does not apply if the Assembly constituted by the Government of Wales Act 1998 or the Assembly constituted by this Act has resolved that a recommendation should be made to Her Majesty in Council to make the Order in Council.

32(1)This paragraph applies so far as may be necessary for the purpose or in consequence of the exercise of any functions of—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the Welsh Ministers,

(b)the First Minister,

(c)the Counsel General,

(d)the Assembly Commission, or

(e)the Assembly constituted by this Act,

which are made exercisable by them by or by virtue of paragraph 30 or 31.

(2)Any relevant reference to the Assembly constituted by the Government of Wales Act 1998 (c. 38) is to be construed as being or including a reference to—

(a)the Welsh Ministers,

(b)the First Minister,

(c)the Counsel General,

(d)the Assembly Commission, or

(e)the Assembly constituted by this Act,

(according to by whom the function in question is, or is to be, exercised).

(3)In sub-paragraph (2) “relevant reference to the Assembly constituted by the Government of Wales Act 1998” means—

(a)a reference in any enactment, prerogative instrument or other document to that Assembly, or

(b)a reference in any enactment or other document which, immediately before the commencement of the repeal by this Act of section 43 of the Government of Wales Act 1998, had effect as a reference to that Assembly.

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