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National Health Service Act 2006

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Part 4Transfer of property

24(1)The Secretary of State may by order (referred to in this paragraph and paragraph 25 as a transfer order)—

(a)transfer (or provide for the transfer of) any of the property and liabilities of a health service authority to a Primary Care Trust,

(b)create or impose (or provide for the creation or imposition of) new rights or liabilities in respect of property transferred or retained.

(2)Any property and liabilities which—

(a)belong to a health service authority other than the Secretary of State or are used or managed by a Strategic Health Authority, and

(b)will be transferred to a Primary Care Trust by or under a transfer order,

must be identified by agreement between the health service authority (or Strategic Health Authority) and the Primary Care Trust or, in default of agreement, by direction of the Secretary of State.

(3)Where a transfer order provides for the transfer of—

(a)land held on lease from a third party, or

(b)any other asset leased or hired from a third party or in which a third party has an interest,

the transfer is binding on the third party despite the fact that, apart from this sub-paragraph, the transfer would have required the third party’s consent or concurrence.

(4)“Third party” means a person other than a health service authority.

(5)In this paragraph and paragraph 25, “health service authority” means the Secretary of State, a Strategic Health Authority, a Primary Care Trust or an NHS trust.

25(1)Stamp duty is not chargeable in respect of any transfer to a Primary Care Trust effected by or under a transfer order.

(2)Where it becomes necessary, for the purpose of a transfer by or under a transfer order, to apportion any property or liabilities, the order may contain such provisions as appear to the Secretary of State to be appropriate for the purpose.

(3)Where a transfer order transfers (or provides for the transfer of) any property or rights to which paragraph 24(3) applies, the order must contain such provisions as appear to the Secretary of State to be appropriate to safeguard the interests of third parties (within the meaning of that sub-paragraph), including, where appropriate, provision for the payment of compensation of an amount to be determined in accordance with the order.

(4)A certificate issued by the Secretary of State that—

(a)any specified property,

(b)any specified interest in or right over any property, or

(c)any specified right or liability,

has been vested in a Primary Care Trust by or under a transfer order is conclusive evidence of that fact for all purposes.

(5)“Specified” means specified in the certificate.

(6)A transfer order may include provision for matters to be settled by arbitration by a person determined in accordance with the order.

(7)Paragraph 24 and this paragraph do not affect—

(a)any existing power of a health service authority to transfer property or liabilities to a Primary Care Trust,

(b)the extent of the power conferred by section 272(8).

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