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Power to make consequential provision etc.     6. The Secretary of State may by order make such modifications of enactments as appear to him to be necessary or expedient in consequence of any provision made by, or under, this Act.
Orders made under this Act: supplemental provision.     7. - (1) Any power of the Secretary of State to make an order under this Act ("an order") is exercisable by statutory instrument.
      (2) An order may make such consequential, supplemental or transitional provision as appears to the Secretary of State to be necessary or expedient.
      (3) An order under paragraph 12(4)(b) of the Schedule shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
      (4) Any other order (except one under section 9(2)) may not be made unless a draft of the order has been approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.
      (5) Except in the case of an order made under paragraph 1(4) of the Schedule, subsection (4) does not apply if the order declares that the Secretary of State considers it expedient for the order to be made without that approval.
      (6) An order containing a declaration under subsection (5)-
    (a) must be laid before Parliament after being made; and
    (b) ceases to have effect if it is not approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament before the end of the period of 40 days beginning with the date on which it is made.
      (7) Subsection (6)(b) does not prejudice-
    (a) anything done as a result of the order before it ceased to have effect; or
    (b) the making of a new order.
Interpretation etc.     8. - (1) In this Act-
    "the 1998 Act" means the Northern Ireland Act 1998;
    "enactment" includes-
      (a) a provision of an Act (including this Act);
      (b) a provision of, or of any instrument made under, Northern Ireland legislation; and
      (c) a provision of subordinate legislation;
    "implementation body" has the same meaning as in section 55 of the 1998 Act;
    "restoration order" has the meaning given in section 2(2); and
    "statutory committee" means a committee established by standing orders made as a result of section 29 of the 1998 Act.
      (2) Expressions which are used in this Act and in the 1998 Act have the same meaning as in that Act.
      (3) In calculating the period of 40 days mentioned in section 7(6)(b) and in paragraph 2(2)(b) of Schedule 1, no account is to be taken of any time during which Parliament is dissolved or prorogued or during which both Houses are adjourned for more than four days.
Short title, commencement and consequential amendment.     9. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Northern Ireland Act 2000.
      (2) This Act (apart from subsection (1) and this subsection) comes into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint.
      (3) In section 44 of the 1998 Act (power of Assembly to call for witnesses and documents), in subsection (4), at the end insert "or during a period when section 1 of the Northern Ireland Act 2000 was in force".
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