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Wales Act 2014

Section 29: Commencement

227.Section 29 sets out how the provisions of the Act are to be commenced. Subsection (1) specifies that Part 4 (including this section) comes into force on the day the Act is passed. Under subsection (2), the other sections of the Act come into force two months after the Act is passed, except sections 8, 9, 10 and 11(5), (6), (7)(a) and (8)(a) (the referendum-related provisions), sections 20 and 21 (borrowing by the Welsh Ministers) and section 24 (local housing authorities: limits on housing revenue account debt).

228.Subsection (3) clarifies that the bringing into force of sections 15, 16 and 17 (Welsh tax on land transactions) and 18 and 19 (Welsh tax on disposals to landfill) are subject to the provision in those sections about how they are to have effect.

229.Subsection (4) provides for the “referendum-related” provisions in sections 8, 9, 10 and 11(5), (6), (7)(a) and (8)(a) to come into force after an affirmative vote in a referendum called in accordance with section 12. Subsection (5) provides for sections 20 and 24 to come into force on a day appointed by order of HM Treasury. Subsection (6) permits HM Treasury to appoint different days for different purposes in bringing section 20 and section 24 into force. Subsection (7) provides for section 21 to come into force on the day on which section 121(1A) of GOWA 2006, inserted by section 20, comes into force. This ensures that the repeal of the existing borrowing power coincides with the coming into force of the new one.

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