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(1)Subsection (2) has effect in relation to—
(a)the dissolution of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 30 January 2007, and
(b)the Assembly election the poll for which is to be held on 7 March 2007 (“the next Assembly election”).
(2)Section 47 of the 1998 Act (remuneration of members) is to have effect as if, for subsection (10) of that section, there were substituted—
“(10)For the purposes of this section, a person who is a member of the Assembly immediately before the Assembly is dissolved shall be treated—
(a)as if he were a member of the Assembly until the end of the day which is the latest day for the delivery of nomination papers for the next Assembly election; and
(b)if he is nominated as a candidate at the next Assembly election, as if he were a member of the Assembly until the end of the day of the poll for that election.”
(3)Subsection (4) has effect in relation to persons returned as members of the Northern Ireland Assembly at the next Assembly election.
(4)Section 47 of the 1998 Act is to have effect as if, for subsection (9)(a) of that section, there were substituted—
“(a)a person’s membership of the Assembly begins on the day on which he takes his seat (following the next Assembly election) in the Assembly established under section 1(1) of the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 in accordance with standing orders of that Assembly; and”.
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