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  CHAPTER III
  EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, FUNDS AND MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS
Emergency financial assistance.     90. - (1) Section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (emergency financial assistance to local authorities) shall be amended as follows.
 
      (2) After subsection (1) (local authority incurring expenditure as result of emergency or disaster) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(1A) Expenditure incurred as mentioned in subsection (1) above by-
 
 
    (a) the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority,
 
    (b) the Metropolitan Police Authority, or
 
    (c) Transport for London, in respect of places or areas within Greater London,


shall be treated for the purposes of this section as expenditure so incurred by the Greater London Authority (and, accordingly, as so incurred by a local authority).
      (1B) To the extent that any financial assistance given to the Greater London Authority under this section is referable to expenditure incurred by a body mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of subsection (1A) above, the financial assistance shall be treated for the purposes of section 89 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 as a payment made to the Greater London Authority for the purposes of that body."
 
      (3) In subsection (4) (local authorities in England and Wales to which the section applies)-
 
 
    (a) after paragraph (b) there shall be inserted-
 
    "(bb) the Greater London Authority;";
 
    (b) at the end of paragraph (eb) there shall be inserted "or"; and
 
    (c) paragraph (f) (Receiver for the Metropolitan Police District) shall cease to have effect.
Component budgets: anticipation of certain levies.     91. - (1) Section 74 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (levies) shall be amended as follows.
 
      (2) In subsection (4) (which enables regulations to include provision permitting anticipation of levies under the section in the making of certain calculations) after paragraph (b) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(bb) that the Greater London Authority in making calculations in accordance with sections 71 and 72 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (originally or by way of substitute) in the case of any constituent body (within the meaning of those sections), except the Metropolitan Police Authority (for which separate provision is made), may anticipate a levy;".
The Authority's general fund.     92. - (1) Section 91 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (general funds) shall be amended as follows.
 
      (2) In subsection (1) (which specifies the relevant authorities) after paragraph (aa) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(ab) the Greater London Authority,".
      (3) In subsection (3) (general fund to be established on 1 April 1990, subject to subsection (3A)) for "subsection (3A)" there shall be substituted "subsections (3A) and (3C)".
 
      (4) After subsection (3B) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(3C) In the case of the Greater London Authority, the general fund must be established on a date specified in regulations."
 
      (5) In section 143 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (regulations and orders) in subsection (5) (exceptions from Parliamentary procedure) after "regulations under section 75" there shall be inserted ", 91(3C)".
 
Judicial review.     93. - (1) Section 66 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (matters which are not to be questioned except on judicial review) shall be amended as follows.
 
      (2) In subsection (2) (which specifies the matters) after paragraph (c) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(cc) a calculation made in accordance with any of sections 71 to 76 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999;
 
    (cd) a substitute calculation made in accordance with any of sections 71, 72 and 74 to 76 of, and Schedule 6 to, that Act;".
Functions to be discharged only by certain authorities.     94. - (1) Section 67 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (functions to be discharged only by the authority) shall be amended as follows.
 
      (2) In subsection (1) (functions to be discharged only by authority, subject to subsection (3)) for "subsection (3)" there shall be substituted "subsections (3) and (3A)".
 
      (3) In subsection (2) (which specifies the functions) after paragraph (b) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(bb) making a calculation in accordance with any of sections 71 to 76 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999;
 
    (bc) making a substitute calculation in accordance with any of sections 71, 72 and 74 to 76 of, and Schedule 6 to, that Act;".
      (4) In subsection (3) (functions which may be exercised by a committee) at the beginning there shall be inserted "Subject to subsection (3B) below,".
 
      (5) After subsection (3) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(3A) In the case of the Greater London Authority, the functions mentioned in subsection (2) above shall be discharged on behalf of the Authority in accordance with the provisions of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 but only by the Mayor of London, the London Assembly or the Mayor and Assembly acting jointly.
 
      (3B) Subsection (3) above does not apply in relation to the Greater London Authority, but where Schedule 5 to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 makes provision enabling a function to be discharged by a committee or other representatives of the London Assembly, the function may be discharged by such a committee or representatives in accordance with the provisions of that Schedule."
 
Information.     95. - (1) In section 168 of the Local Government Act 1972 (local financial returns) in subsection (5) (which defines local authority for the purposes of the section) the word "and" at the end of paragraph (b) shall be omitted and after paragraph (c) there shall be added "; and
 
 
    (d) a functional body, within the meaning of the Greater London Authority Act 1999."
      (2) In section 139A of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (information) in subsection (5) (which defines the relevant authorities) after paragraph (b) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(c) a functional body, within the meaning of the Greater London Authority Act 1999."
      (3) Section 68 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (information required for purposes of Part I of that Act by Secretary of State from relevant authority or relevant officer) shall be amended as follows.
 
      (4) In subsection (1)(b), after "this Part" there shall be inserted "or Part III of the Greater London Authority Act 1999".
 
      (5) In subsection (3) (failure of authority or officer to comply) after "this Part" there shall be inserted "or Part III of the Greater London Authority Act 1999".
 
      (6) In subsection (5), in the definition of "relevant authority" after "means" there shall be inserted "(a)" and after "precepting authority;" there shall be inserted "or
 
 
      (b) a functional body, within the meaning of the Greater London Authority Act 1999) (see section 361(1) of that Act);".
Provision of information by functional bodies to Mayor or Assembly.     96. - (1) A functional body shall, at the request of the Mayor or the Assembly, provide the Authority with such information relating to the financial affairs of the body as may be specified or described in the request.
 
      (2) The information shall be provided in such form and manner, and within such time, as may be specified in the request.
 
      (3) The information that may be requested under subsection (1) above is such information as may be required for the purpose of any functions exercisable by the Mayor or the Assembly.
 
      (4) The information that may be requested under subsection (1) above from a functional body includes-
 
 
    (a) information which the body has or can reasonably obtain; and
 
    (b) information about the body's plans or proposals relating to the finances or expenditure of the body or of any company in which the body has an interest.
 
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