21 Electoral Commission exercise of functions
In carrying out their functions under this Part the Electoral Commission must
have regard (in particular) to—
(a) the need to reflect the identities and interests of local communities;
(b) the need to secure that the number of electors for an electoral area for
an assembly is as near as is reasonably practicable to the number of
electors for the other electoral areas (taking account, where
appropriate, of special geographical considerations);
(c) guidance given by the Secretary of State.
22 Payments to Electoral Commission
(1) The Secretary of State may pay to the Electoral Commission such amount as he decides
is the amount required by them to carry out their functions under this Part.
(2) A payment under subsection (1) must be treated as income received by the
Commission for the purposes of paragraph 14(1) of Schedule 1 to the Political
Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (c. 41).
Funding for regional chambers
23 Funding for regional chambers
(1) The Secretary of State may make a grant to any person in respect of expenditure
incurred in connection with the activities of a regional chamber.
(2) The grant may be made on such terms as the Secretary of State thinks
(3) The terms may include provision as to—
(a) the circumstances in which the grant is to be repaid to the Secretary of
(b) the manner in which that is to be done.
(4) A regional chamber is a body designated as such for the regional development
agency of a region under section 8 of the Regional Development Agencies Act
1998 (c. 45).
24 Enactment establishing assemblies immaterial
For the purposes of this Act it is immaterial whether any enactment confers
power on the Secretary of State to establish elected assemblies for regions.
(1) The preceding provisions of this Act come into force at the end of the period of
two months beginning with the day on which it is passed.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to—
(a) Part 2;
(b) Part 4.
In this Act a region is a region (except London) specified in Schedule 1 to the
Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 (c. 45).
27 Orders and regulations
(1) A power in this Act to make an order or regulations must be exercised by
(2) But a statutory instrument must not be made unless a draft of the order or
regulations (as the case may be) has been laid before Parliament and approved
by a resolution of each House.
(3) An order or regulations—
(a) may contain such consequential, incidental, supplementary or
transitional provision or savings (including provision amending,
repealing or revoking enactments) as the person making the order or
regulations thinks appropriate;
(b) may make different provision for different purposes.
(4) If a draft of an instrument to which subsection (5) applies would apart from
this section be treated for the purposes of the Standing Orders of either House
of Parliament as a hybrid instrument it must proceed in that House as if it were
not such an instrument.
(5) This subsection applies to an instrument made under—
(a) Part 1 of this Act;
(b) section 15 of this Act;
(c) section 129(1) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act
2000 (c. 41) to the extent that it is made for the purpose of a referendum
held in pursuance of an order under section 1 of this Act.
(1) The following amounts are to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—
(a) any expenditure of a Minister of the Crown in connection with a referendum
held in pursuance of an order under section 1;
(b) any expenditure of the Secretary of State under sections 17, 22 and 23;
(c) any expenditure of the Secretary of State in preparation for elected regional
(d) any expenditure of the Secretary of State in connection with the transfer of any
function to such an assembly;
(e) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums so payable under any other
(2) There are to be charged on and paid out of the Consolidated Fund any sums required to
meet the expenditure of the Electoral Commission under section 9.
Fire Services Act 1947 (10 & 11 Geo 6 c. 41)
1 (1) The Fire Services Act 1947 is amended as follows.
(2) In section 6(2A) (Secretary of State to consider representations on certain
combination schemes, but not required to cause public local inquiry), in
paragraph (a) after “of that Part)” there is inserted “or an order under section
15 of the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Act 2003 containing such
(3) In section 10 (power to make schemes in advance of alteration of local
government areas) after “1992” there is inserted “or section 15 of the
Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Act 2003”.
Coroners Act 1988 (c. 13)
2 In section 1(1A)(e) of the Coroners Act 1988 (appointment of coroners) at the
end there is added “or section 15 of the Regional Assemblies (Preparations)
Local Government Finance Act 1988 (c. 41)
3 (1) The Local Government Finance Act 1988 is amended as follows.
(2) In section 74(2A) (councils subject to levy) at the end there is added “or
section 15 of the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Act 2003”.
(3) In section 89(2A) (establishment of collection fund by certain councils) after
“1992” there is inserted “or section 15 of the Regional Assemblies
(Preparations) Act 2003”.
(4) In section 91 (general funds)—
(a) in subsection (1)(aa) after “1992” there is inserted “or section 15 of the
Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Act 2003”;
(b) in subsection (3A) after “1992” there is inserted “or section 15 of the
Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Act 2003”.
Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42)
4 In the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 in section 39(1) (authorities
subject to Part 4) in paragraph (ib) after “1992” there is inserted “or section
15 of the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Act 2003”.