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Wales Act 2017

Territorial extent and application

  1. The Act extends to the whole of the UK. However, the territorial extent of an Act can be different from its application. Application means the territory where an Act produces a practical, legal effect. The details of this Act’s application are set out in the following paragraphs.
  2. The majority of the Act's sections apply to the whole of the UK as they are of constitutional significance, devolving powers away from the UK Parliament and Secretaries of State. On that basis, they do not deal with devolved matters in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. However, the Act required a Legislative Consent Motion from the Assembly as it contains provisions applying to Wales which alter the legislative competence of the Assembly and the executive competence of the Welsh Ministers. A Legislative Consent Motion, sponsored by the Welsh Government, was passed by the Assembly on the 17 January 2017.
  3. The only exceptions to this are sections 9-16 (which relate to the Assembly’s internal arrangements and therefore only apply to Wales) and sections 50 and 51 (which apply to England and Wales because they relate to administrative water arrangements between the Secretary of State and Welsh Ministers).
  4. See the table in Annex A for a more detailed summary of the position regarding territorial extent and application in the United Kingdom. The table also summarises the position regarding LCMs and matters relevant to Standing Orders Nos. 83J to 83X of the Standing Orders of the House of Commons relating to Public Business.

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