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PART 1General

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Order 2014.

(2) Article 8(1) and (2) shall come into force on the day after the day on which this Order is made and the other provisions of this Order shall come into force immediately afterwards.

Interpretation

2.  In this Order—

“the 2009 Act” means the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009;

“combined area” means the area consisting of the areas of the constituent councils;

“the Combined Authority” means the West Yorkshire Combined Authority constituted by article 3;

“the commencement date” means the date on which this Order comes into force;

“constituent councils” means the metropolitan district councils for the local government areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield;

“the Executive” has the meaning given by article 8(1);

“financial year” means the period of 12 months ending with 31st March in any year;

“the ITA” means the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority;

“Local Enterprise Partnership” means the Board of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership; and

“non-constituent council” means the council for the local government area of York.

PART 2Establishment of a combined authority for West Yorkshire

Establishment

3.—(1) There is established a combined authority for the combined area.

(2) The combined authority is to be a body corporate and to be known as the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

(3) The functions of the Combined Authority are those functions conferred or imposed upon it by this Order or by any other enactment (whenever passed or made), or as may be delegated to it by or under this Order or any other enactment (whenever passed or made).

Constitution

4.  Schedule 1 (which makes provision about the constitution of the Combined Authority) has effect.

Funding

5.—(1) The constituent councils must meet the costs of the Combined Authority reasonably attributable to the exercise of its functions relating to economic development and regeneration.

(2) The amount payable by each of the constituent councils is to be determined by apportioning the costs of the Combined Authority referred to in paragraph (1) between the constituent councils in such proportions as they may agree or, in default of such agreement, in proportion to the total resident population at the relevant date of the area of each council concerned as estimated by the Registrar General.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2) the relevant date in relation to a payment for a financial year is 30th June in the financial year which commenced two years prior to the current financial year.

PART 3Transport

Abolition and transfer of functions

6.—(1) The West Yorkshire integrated transport area is dissolved and the ITA is abolished.

(2) On the abolition of the ITA—

(a)its functions; and

(b)its property, rights and liabilities,

are transferred to the Combined Authority.

Adaptation of enactments

7.—(1) This article has effect in consequence of article 6.

(2) In any enactment (whenever passed or made)—

(a)any reference to an integrated transport area; or

(b)any reference which falls to be read as a reference to such an area,

is to be treated as including a reference to the combined area.

(3) In any enactment (whenever passed or made)—

(a)any reference to an integrated transport authority; or

(b)any reference which falls to be read as a reference to such an authority,

is to be treated as including a reference to the Combined Authority.

(4) Paragraphs (2) and (3) do not apply to Part 2 of the Transport Act 1968 which is amended in accordance with Schedule 2.

Passenger Transport Executive

8.—(1) In this Order “the Executive” means the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive established by the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Area (Establishment of Executive) Order 1973(1).

(2) The Executive shall be dissolved and all functions, property, rights and liabilities of the Executive shall be transferred to the ITA.

(3) Subject to article 7(4) and Schedule 2 and to the following provisions of this article, any reference in any enactment (whenever passed or made) to a passenger transport executive or to passenger transport executives is to be treated, in its application to the combined area, as if it were a reference to the Combined Authority.

(4) Paragraph (3) does not apply to the following enactments—

(a)in the Audit Commission Act 1998(2)—

(i)section 11(2)(g);

(ii)section 30(1) and (3); and

(iii)in Schedule 2, paragraph 4;

(b)paragraph 28 of Schedule 1 to the Freedom of Information Act 2000(3);

(c)Schedule 2 to the Local Government Act 1988(4);

(d)section 33 of the Railways Act 2005(5);

(e)sections 95, 96, 97, 104(2) and (3) and 137(5) of the Transport Act 1985; and

(f)section 162(4) of the Transport Act 2000.

(5) The West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Area (Establishment of Executive) Order 1973 is revoked.

Continuity

9.—(1) Nothing in article 6, 7 or 8 affects the validity of anything done by or in relation to the ITA or the Executive before the commencement date.

(2) There may be continued by or in relation to the Combined Authority anything (including legal proceedings) which—

(a)relates to any of the functions, property, rights or liabilities transferred to the Combined Authority; and

(b)is in the process of being done by or in relation to the ITA or the Executive immediately before the commencement date.

(3) Anything which—

(a)was made or done by or in relation to the ITA or the Executive for the purposes of or otherwise in connection with any of the functions, property, rights or liabilities transferred; and

(b)is in effect immediately before the transfer takes effect,

has effect as if made or done by or in relation to the Combined Authority.

(4) The Combined Authority shall be substituted for the ITA or, where appropriate, the Executive in any instruments, contracts or legal proceedings which—

(a)relate to any of the functions, property, rights or liabilities transferred; and

(b)are made or commenced before the transfer takes effect.

(5) A reference in this article to anything made or done by or in relation to the ITA or the Executive includes a reference to anything which by virtue of any enactment is to be treated as having been made or done by or in relation to the ITA or the Executive.

(6) Without prejudice to the generality of this article a levy issued by the ITA under section 74 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988(6) and in accordance with the Transport Levying Bodies Regulations 1992(7) to the constituent councils in respect of the financial year beginning 1st April 2014 has effect for that year from and after the commencement date as if it had been so issued by the Combined Authority.

PART 4Additional functions

Economic development and regeneration functions

10.—(1) The functions of the constituent councils set out in Schedule 3 are exercisable by the Combined Authority in relation to its area.

(2) The functions are exercisable concurrently with the constituent councils.

(3) Any requirement in any enactment for a constituent council to exercise such a function may be fulfilled by the exercise of that function by the Combined Authority.

Incidental provisions

11.  The following provisions shall have effect as if the Combined Authority were a local authority for the purposes of these provisions—

(a)section 142(2) of the Local Government Act 1972(8) (the power to arrange for publication of information etc. relating to the functions of the authority); and

(b)section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972 (the power to prosecute and defend legal proceedings).

12.—(1) The Combined Authority shall have the power to exercise any of the functions described in subsection (1)(a) and (b) of section 88 of the Local Government Act 1985(9) (research and collection of information) whether or not a scheme is made under that section.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1) of this article, paragraphs (a) and (b) of section 88(1) of the Local Government Act 1985 shall have effect as if a reference to “that area” were a reference to the combined area.

13.  Section 13 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989(10) (voting rights of members of certain committees) shall have effect as if—

(a)in subsection (4) after paragraph (h) there were inserted—

(i)subject to subsection (4A), a committee appointed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority;; and

(b)after subsection (4) there were inserted—

(4A) A person who is a member of a committee falling within paragraph (i) of subsection (4) or a sub-committee appointed by such a committee shall for all purposes be treated as a non-voting member of that committee or sub-committee unless that person—

(a)is a member of one of the constituent councils as defined by article 2 of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Order 2014; or

(b)is given voting rights by resolution of the Combined Authority in accordance with paragraph 4(6) of Schedule 1 to that Order..

Signed on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Brandon Lewis

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Communities and Local Government

31st March 2014

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