27Returning officers for elections to the European ParliamentE+W+S+N.I.
(1)Section 6 of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002 (returning officers) is amended as follows.
(2)In subsection (2) (returning officer for electoral region in England etc), in paragraph (a), after “the Representation of the People Act 1983 (c. 2)” there is inserted “ or is the proper officer of the Greater London Authority for the purposes of section 35(2C) of that Act ”.
(3)In subsection (5A) (meaning of “local returning officer”), for paragraph (a) there is substituted—
“(a)a person who, by virtue of section 35 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, is a returning officer for—
(i)elections of councillors of a district or London borough,
(ii)elections of councillors of a county in which there are no district councils,
(iii)elections to the Council of the Isles of Scilly, or
(iv)elections of councillors of a county or county borough in Wales,
or who by virtue of section 41 of that Act is a returning officer for elections of councillors for a local authority in Scotland; or”.
(4)After subsection (8) there is inserted—
“(9)Where functions are conferred on the proper officer of the Greater London Authority under subsection (5) in relation to the London electoral region, the Authority must place the services of its employees at his disposal for the purpose of assisting him in the discharge of those functions.”