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Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006

Section 24: Functions to which sections 21 and 22 apply

125.This section makes provision for orders to specify the regulatory functions to which the duties in sections 21 and 22 apply.

126.Under subsection (2) a Minister of the Crown can specify functions, subject to subsections (3) and (5).

127.Subsection (3) places restrictions on the extent to which orders can specify regulatory functions exercisable in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales. The power to specify a function exercisable only in or as regards to Wales is given exclusively to the National Assembly for Wales, subject to subsection (5).

128.By virtue of subsection (5), an order under this section cannot specify the regulatory functions of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem), the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), the Postal Services Commission (PostComm), or the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat).

129.The authority making an order under this section (whether that authority is a Minister of the Crown or the Assembly) must consult in accordance with subsection (6).

130.Subsection (7) provides that different provision can be made for different purposes, which will enable an order made under this section to specify a regulatory function for the purpose of section 21 but not section 22, and vice versa.

131.Under subsection (9) a Minister of the Crown may not make an order unless a statutory instrument containing it is laid in draft before, and approved by resolution of, each House of Parliament. (This provision does not apply where an order is made by the Assembly, rather than a Minister.)

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