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

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Transfer of property etc. of the Boundary Commissions.     15. - (1) There shall be transferred to and vest in the Commission by virtue of this subsection all property, rights and liabilities to which a Boundary Commission are entitled or subject when their functions are transferred to the Commission in accordance with section 14.
 
      (2) A certificate issued by the Secretary of State that any property has been transferred by subsection (1) shall be conclusive evidence of the transfer.
 
      (3) Subsection (1) has effect in relation to property, rights or liabilities to which it applies despite any provision (of whatever nature) which would prevent or restrict the transfer of the property, rights or liabilities otherwise than by that subsection.
 
Local Government Commission for England.     16. - (1) The Secretary of State may by order make provision for the transfer to the Commission of any one or more of the functions of the Local Government Commission for England (in this section referred to as "the English Commission").
 
      (2) The Commission shall make arrangements for functions transferred to them by an order under subsection (1) to be exercised by the Boundary Committee for England.
 
      (3) Where each of the functions of the English Commission is transferred by an order under subsection (1), the Secretary of State may by order make provision for the abolition of the English Commission.
 
      (4) An order under subsection (1) or (3) may include provision for the transfer to the Commission-
 
 
    (a) of the staff of the English Commission, and
 
    (b) of any property, rights and liabilities to which the English 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 English Commission was established or constituted.
 
Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales.     17. - (1) The National Assembly for Wales may by order make provision for the transfer to the Commission of any one or more of the functions of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales (in this section referred to as "the Welsh Commission").
 
      (2) The Commission shall make arrangements for functions transferred to them by an order under subsection (1) to be exercised by the Boundary Committee for Wales.
 
      (3) Where each of the functions of the Welsh Commission is transferred by an order under subsection (1), the National Assembly for Wales may by order make provision for the abolition of the Welsh Commission.
 
      (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 was 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.     18. 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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