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Legislation (Wales) Act 2019

Section 17 – Inclusion of sunset provisions and review provisions in subordinate legislation

102.Section 17 puts beyond doubt that the Welsh Ministers, or any other person making subordinate legislation under an Assembly Act, may provide in the subordinate legislation:


for the legislation to cease to have effect at a specified time or at the end of specified period (a “sunset provision”);


for the person who made the legislation to be required to review the effectiveness of the legislation (a “review provision”).

103.Section 17 applies to powers and duties to make subordinate legislation under Assembly Acts that receive Royal Assent after Part 2 of the Act comes into force. It has effect except to the extent that express provision is made to the contrary or the context requires otherwise.

104.This section is equivalent to section 14A of the 1978 Act, which will continue to apply to powers and duties to make subordinate legislation conferred or imposed by Assembly Measures, by Assembly Acts that receive Royal Assent before Part 2 comes into force, and by Acts of the UK Parliament.

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