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PART I, ASSISTANCE - continued
Form of assistance - continued

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Financial assistance.     6. - (1) Financial assistance may be provided under this Act-
    (a) by way of grant or loan,
    (b) in the form of a guarantee, or
    (c) by the Secretary of State acquiring securities of a company.
      (2) More than one form of financial assistance may be provided in any case.
      (3) In this section-
    "company" includes any body corporate, wherever registered; and
    "securities", in relation to a company, means shares (including stock), debentures, bonds and other securities, whether constituting a charge on the assets of the company or not.
      (4) This section is subject to section 7(3) (Treasury approval required for certain financial assistance).
Terms on which assistance is provided.     7. - (1) The Secretary of State may provide assistance under this Act on such terms and conditions (if any) as he may determine.
      (2) Assistance, other than financial assistance, may be provided-
    (a) free of charge, or
    (b) on such terms as to payment as the Secretary of State may determine.
      (3) Financial assistance (other than a grant) may be provided under this Act only if the Treasury have approved the terms and conditions on which it is provided.
      (4) Approval may be given either with respect to a particular case or with respect to a class of cases.
Arrangements with third parties.     8. - (1) Any power conferred on the Secretary of State by sections 1 to 4 to provide assistance to any person or body, or carry on any other activities, includes a power to enter into arrangements to secure that such assistance is provided, or (as the case may be) activities are carried on, by one or more other persons.
      (2) The arrangements may provide for the Secretary of State to make payments to persons who provide facilities in pursuance of the arrangements.
Powers of statutory bodies
Powers of statutory bodies.     9. - (1) Each of the statutory bodies mentioned in Schedule 2 may enter into and carry out agreements for the purpose of-
    (a) furthering sustainable development in one or more countries outside the United Kingdom,
    (b) improving the welfare of the population of one or more such countries, or
    (c) alleviating the effects of a natural or man-made disaster or other emergency on the population of one or more such countries.
      (2) An agreement entered into by a statutory body under this section ("an authorised agreement") must not make provision for the body to provide financial assistance.
      (3) Before entering into an authorised agreement, the statutory body must obtain the consent of the Secretary of State.
      (4) The Secretary of State may give his consent for that purpose-
    (a) where the statutory body concerned is a Scottish body or is within section 10(1)(b), only with the approval of the Scottish Ministers, and
    (b) where the statutory body concerned is a Welsh body, only with the approval of the National Assembly for Wales.
      (5) An order may be made under this subsection to amend Schedule 2 by making additions to or deletions from the statutory bodies for the time being listed there.
      (6) The power conferred by subsection (5) is exercisable-
    (a) in the case of any order relating to a Scottish body, by the Scottish Ministers,
    (b) in the case of any order relating to a statutory body within section 10(1)(b), by the Secretary of State acting with the consent of the Scottish Ministers,
    (c) in the case of any order relating to a Welsh body, by the National Assembly for Wales, and
    (d) in any other case, by the Secretary of State.
Meaning of "Scottish body", "Welsh body", etc.     10. - (1) For the purposes of section 9-
    (a) "Scottish body" means a statutory body all of whose functions meet the following requirements, namely-
      (i) they are exercisable in or as regards Scotland, and
      (ii) they do not relate to reserved matters (within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998); and
    (b) a body falls within this paragraph if it has, in addition to other functions, functions that meet the requirements of paragraph (a)(i) and (ii).
      (2) For the purposes of that section "Welsh body" means a statutory body-
    (a) whose functions are exercisable only or mainly in or as regards Wales, and
    (b) which is not designated by the Secretary of State, by order, as an excluded statutory body for the purposes of this section.
      (3) Before making an order under subsection (2), the Secretary of State shall consult the National Assembly for Wales.
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