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  PART VI
  GENERAL
 
Miscellaneous
Contributions and pensions administration.     76. Schedule 11 (which contains amendments dealing with administrative matters relating to contributions and pensions) shall have effect.
 
Authorisation of certain expenditure.     77. - (1) Where-
 
 
    (a) a Minister of the Crown is proposing that or considering whether an Act should change the law as from a specified date, or a date to be determined; and
 
    (b) the Secretary of State is of the opinion that the change is such that, unless expenditure for preparing for the change is incurred during the period before the passing of that Act, it will not be possible for a service for which he has or will have responsibility to be effectively provided as from that date,

the Secretary of State may, subject to subsections (2) and (3), incur such expenditure during that period.
      (2) Expenditure is not authorised by virtue of subsection (1) unless-
 
 
    (a) the Secretary of State has with the consent of the Treasury laid before the House of Commons a report which states-
 
      (i) the change in the law which the Minister of the Crown is proposing or considering; and
 
      (ii) the amount of the expenditure which the Secretary of State proposes to incur and the purposes for which he proposes to incur it; and
 
    (b) the report has been approved by a resolution of the House of Commons.
      (3) Expenditure is not authorised by virtue of subsection (1) at any time after the end of the period of two years beginning with the day on which the resolution under subsection (2)(b) is passed.
 
      (4) Subsection (1) is without prejudice to any power of the Secretary of State to incur expenditure otherwise than by virtue of that subsection.
 
      (5) There shall be made out of the National Insurance Fund into the Consolidated Fund such payments as the Secretary of State determines (in accordance with any directions of the Treasury) to be appropriate in consequence of the operation of this section.
 
      (6) Any payments falling to be made by virtue of subsection (5) shall be made at such times and in such manner as may be determined by the Treasury.
 
      (7) In this section "the Secretary of State" means the Secretary of State having responsibility for social security.
 
 
Supplementary
Regulations and orders.     78. - (1) Any power under this Act to make regulations or orders shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.
 
      (2) A statutory instrument-
 
 
    (a) which contains (whether alone or with other provisions) regulations made under this Act, and
 
    (b) which is not subject to any requirement that a draft of the instrument be laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament,

shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
      (3) Any power under this Act to make regulations or orders may be exercised-
 
 
    (a) either in relation to all cases to which the power extends, or in relation to those cases subject to specified exceptions, or in relation to any specified cases or classes of case;
 
    (b) so as to make, as respects the cases in relation to which it is exercised-
 
      (i) the full provision to which the power extends or any less provision (whether by way of exception or otherwise);
 
      (ii) the same provision for all cases in relation to which the power is exercised, or different provision for different cases or different classes of case or different provision as respects the same case or class of case for different purposes of this Act;
 
      (iii) any such provision either unconditionally or subject to any specified condition.
      (4) Where any such power is expressed to be exercisable for alternative purposes it may be exercised in relation to the same case for any or all of those purposes.
 
      (5) Any such power includes power-
 
 
    (a) to make such incidental, supplementary, consequential, saving or transitional provision (including provision amending, repealing or revoking enactments) as appears to the authority making the regulations or order to be expedient; and
 
    (b) to provide for a person to exercise a discretion in dealing with any matter.
      (6) Any power to make regulations or an order for the purposes of any provision of this Act is without prejudice to any power to make regulations or an order for the purposes of any other provision of this or any other Act.
 
      (7) Any power conferred by this Act to make regulations or an order relating to-
 
 
    (a) housing benefit, or
 
    (b) council tax benefit,

includes power to make different provision for different areas or different authorities; and regulations under section 55 may make different provision for different areas.
      (8) Any power to make regulations under Part IV, except sections 24 and 44, shall, if the Treasury so direct, be exercisable only in conjunction with them.
 
      (9) Before exercising any power to make regulations under Part IV, the person on whom the power is conferred, or, if the power is the subject of a direction under subsection (8), that person and the Treasury acting jointly, shall consult such persons as he, or they, may consider appropriate.
 
Consequential amendments etc.     79. - (1) The consequential amendments specified in Schedule 12 shall have effect.
 
      (2) The Secretary of State may by regulations make such amendments or revocations of any instrument made under an Act as he thinks necessary or expedient in consequence of the coming into force of any of the provisions specified in subsection (4).
 
      (3) The Secretary of State may, for the purposes of or in connection with the coming into force of any of the provisions specified in subsection (4), make by regulations any provision which could be made by an order bringing the provision into force.
 
      (4) The provisions mentioned in subsections (2) and (3) are-
 
 
    (a) Part IV;
 
    (b) subsection (1) above so far as relating to paragraphs 14 to 62 of Schedule 12;
 
    (c) section 80(7); and
 
    (d) section 82 so far as relating to Part III of Schedule 13.
 
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