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8.—(1) Section 14 of the 1997 Act (implementation by Secretary of State) is amended as follows.
(2) In subsection (1)—
(a)in paragraph (a) omit the words from “(together” to “England)”; and
(b)in paragraph (b), omit the words from “(together” to “petition)”.
(3) After subsection (1) insert—
“(1A) The Electoral Commission may by order give effect to any proposals sent to them under section 9 or 12 subject to—
(a)any recommendations made to them on those proposals by the Boundary Committee for England; and
(b)any modifications to those recommendations agreed with that Committee.”
(4) In subsection (2), for “this section” substitute “subsection (1A)”.
(5) Omit subsection (3).
(6) For subsection (5) substitute—
“(5) The Electoral Commission may give effect to proposals sent to them under section 12 whether or not the proposals are sent within the period mentioned in section 12(7).
(6) The Secretary of State may give effect to a petition in accordance with subsection (1)(b) whether or not it is sent to him within the period mentioned in section 11(4).”
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