Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART I, THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION - continued
Commission's electoral boundary functions - continued

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Transfer of functions of Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.     18. - (1) The Scottish Ministers may by order make provision for and in connection with transferring to-
 
 
    (a) the Commission, or
 
    (b) the Boundary Committee for Scotland,
       any of the functions of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland (in this section referred to as "the Scottish Commission").
 
      (2) The provision made by order under subsection (1) as respects the distribution of functions between the Commission and the Boundary Committee for Scotland shall broadly correspond to that made by Part I of Schedule 3 as respects the distribution of functions between those bodies.
 
      (3) The Scottish Commission shall cease to exist at such time as the Scottish Ministers, being satisfied that the Scottish Commission have no further functions, by order direct.
 
      (4) An order under subsection (1) or (3) may include provision for the transfer to the Commission-
 
 
    (a) of the staff of the Scottish Commission, and
 
    (b) of any property (including rights and interests of any description) and liabilities to which the Scottish Commission are entitled or subject;
       and an order which contains provision such as is mentioned in paragraph (b) may in particular provide for the order to have effect despite any provision (of whatever nature) which would prevent or restrict the transfer of the property or liabilities otherwise than by the order.
 
      (5) An order under subsection (3) may include provision for the abolition of any duty in compliance with which the Scottish Commission were established or constituted.
 
      (6) Section 153(5) shall apply to an order made by the Scottish Ministers under this section as it applies to an order made by the Secretary of State under this Act and the reference in that section to enactments shall include a reference to any enactment comprised in or in an instrument made under an Act of the Scottish Parliament.
 
      (7) Any power of the Scottish Ministers to make an order under this section shall be exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the Scottish Parliament.
 
      (8) The Scottish Ministers shall reimburse the Commission for any expenditure incurred by them which is attributable to the exercise of any of the functions transferred by an order made under subsection (1).
 
Transfer of fuctions of Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales.     19. - (1) The National Assembly for Wales may by order make provision for and in connection with transferring to-
 
 
    (a) the Commission, or
 
    (b) the Boundary Committee for Wales,
       any of the functions of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales (in this section referred to as "the Welsh Commission").
 
      (2) The provision made by order under subsection (1) as respects the distribution of functions between the Commission and the Boundary Committee for Wales shall broadly correspond to that made by Part I of Schedule 3 as respects the distribution of functions between those bodies.
 
      (3) The Welsh Commission shall cease to exist at such time as the National Assembly for Wales, being satisfied that they have no further functions to perform, by order directs.
 
      (4) An order under subsection (1) or (3) may include provision for the transfer to the Commission-
 
 
    (a) of the staff of the Welsh Commission, and
 
    (b) of any property, rights and liabilities to which the Welsh Commission are entitled or subject;
       and an order which contains provision such as is mentioned in paragraph (b) may in particular provide for the order to have effect despite any provision (of whatever nature) which would prevent or restrict the transfer of the property, rights or liabilities otherwise than by the order.
 
      (5) An order under subsection (3) may include provision for the abolition of any duty in compliance with which the Welsh Commission were established or constituted.
 
      (6) An order under this section may contain any appropriate consequential, incidental, supplementary or transitional provisions or savings (including provisions amending, repealing or revoking enactments).
 
      (7) Any power of the National Assembly for Wales to make an order under this section shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.
 
      (8) The expenditure of the Commission, so far as attributable to the exercise of any functions transferred by an order under subsection (1), shall be met by the National Assembly for Wales.
 
 
Supplementary
Interpretation of Part I.     20. In this Part "financial year", in relation to the Commission, means a period of 12 months ending with 31st March; but the first financial year of the Commission is the period beginning with the date of the establishment of the Commission and ending with the next 31st March.
 
 
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