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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
29th December 2005
Laid before Parliament
16th January 2006
Coming into force
For the Purposes of Articles 3 & 5
1st June 2006
For all other purposes
7th February 2006
The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by subsections 4(1), 4(6) and 7(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000(1), and after consultation with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and National Assembly for Wales(2) in accordance with section 4(7) of the Freedom of Information Act, hereby makes the following Order:
2000 c. 36. The functions of the Lord Chancellor under sections 4 and 7 were transferred to the Secretary of State by the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs Order 2003 (S.I 2003/1887). Those functions had previously been transferred to the Lord Chancellor by the Transfer of Functions (Miscellaneous) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3500), which Order amended those sections accordingly.
2000 c. 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000. Section 4(7) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires the Secretary of State to consult the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland before making an order under section 4(1) that will add to Schedule 1 a body which, or the holder of any office who, would be a Northern Ireland public authority. Section 1 of the Northern Ireland Act 2000 suspends the devolved government in Northern Ireland, and by paragraph 4(1) of Schedule 1 to that Act, any functions of the First Minister and the deputy First Minister may be discharged by the Secretary of State during the period of suspension.
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