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Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006

Schedule 5: Executive Selection: Consequential Amendments

129.Schedule 5 makes consequential amendments in relation to the arrangements for Ministerial appointments provided for in section 8.

130.Paragraph 2 amends section 18 of the 1998 Act to remove the trigger within it to run d’Hondt after an election (because this is superseded by the provisions of the new section 16A) and to bring the definition of “nominating officer” into line with the definition in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

131.Paragraphs 3 to 7 make minor consequential amendments to ensure that the cross-references within the 1998 and 2000 Acts reflect the changed arrangements in new sections 16A to 16C.

132.Paragraphs 8 to 14 make consequential amendments to the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006, Schedule 2 to which inserted a new Schedule 4A to the 1998 Act.

133.Paragraph 9 modifies section 16A of the 1998 Act by providing that, where the Assembly has established a Department with policing and justice functions in the charge of a Minister elected by resolution of the Assembly, that office is to be filled after the nominations of First and deputy First Minister under new section 16A of the 1998 Act but before the nominations of the Northern Ireland Ministers under section 18 of that Act. Paragraph 11 makes the same provision in relation to circumstances where the Assembly has established such a department in the charge of two Ministers and paragraph 13 does so in relation to circumstances where the Assembly has established such a department with rotation between the Minister and junior Minister. Paragraphs 10, 12 and 14 make minor consequential amendments to the cross-references within the Schedule.

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