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(1)The regional development agencies are abolished.
(2)Subsection (1) does not apply to the London Development Agency (provision for the abolition of which is contained in the Localism Act 2011).
(3)The enactments specified in Schedule 6 are repealed to the extent shown.
(4)The Secretary of State may by order make provision for the purpose of facilitating or securing that activities begun by a regional development agency may be continued or completed by another person.
(5)That includes in particular provision securing or facilitating that a person continuing or completing activities begun by a regional development agency may for their own purposes exercise any power of the agency.
(6)The powers referred to in subsection (5) include—
(a)powers of compulsory acquisition of land or rights over land;
(b)rights of entry.
(7)The Secretary of State may by order make other consequential, supplementary, incidental or transitional provision, or savings.
(8)A statutory instrument containing an order under this section—
(a)if it contains provision repealing or amending an enactment, may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament;
(b)in any other case, is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
(9)The Secretary of State may make a scheme for the transfer of property, rights and liabilities of a regional development agency to an eligible person or any body corporate in connection with the abolition of the agency under subsection (1); and sections 23(4) to (9) and 25 apply in relation to such a scheme.
(10)A scheme under subsection (9) may be included in an order under this section, but if not so included must be laid before Parliament after being made.
(11)In this section “regional development agency” means a development agency established under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998.
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