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The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services) Amendment (Wales) Regulations 1999

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services) Amendment (Wales) Regulations 1999 and shall come into force on 5th October 1999.

(2) In these Regulations —

“the 1997 Regulations” means the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Regulations 1997(1);

“the 1986 Regulations” means the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) Regulations 1986(2);

“the 1999 Regulations” means the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services)(Amendment) Regulations 1999(3) and the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Amendment) Regulations 1999(4).

(3) These Regulations shall apply to Wales only.

Amendment of the 1997 Regulations

2.  —At the end of regulation 1 of the 1997 Regulations there shall be inserted the following paragraph —

(5) In respect of paragraph (2) of this regulation and regulation 8 the amendments made by the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services) Regulations 1999(4)(5) shall also have effect in Wales..

Amendment of the 1986 Regulations

3.  —At the end of regulation 2 of the 1986 Regulations there shall be inserted the following paragraph —

(3) In respect of paragraph (1) of this regulation and regulation 13 the amendments made by the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services) Regulations 1999(4)(5) and the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Amendment) Regulations 1999(5)(6) shall also have effect in Wales..

Transitional Provision

4.—(1) Where immediately before 5th October 1999 a person, or a member of his family was in receipt of disability working allowance or family credit, as the case may be, the amendments made by the 1999 Regulations, as they have effect in Wales by virtue of these Regulations, shall not have effect in his case for so long as he, or a member of his family, as the case may be, continues to be in receipt of disability working allowance or family credit.

(2) In this regulation, “disability working allowance” and “family credit” shall continue to have the meaning given to them in the 1997 Regulations or the 1986 Regulations, as the case may be, immediately before the coming into force of these Regulations.

Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998(7).

D. Elis Thomas

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly of Wales

5th October 1999

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