6 Modification of enactments
(1) The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument make such
modifications of enactments as appear to him to be necessary or expedient in
consequence of, or in connection with, any provision made by, or under, this
(2) An order under subsection (1) may, in particular, make provision modifying
any duty of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland whereby (apart
from the order) he must perform any function or discharge any duty on or by
reference to any particular date.
(3) An order under subsection (1) may also make such supplementary, incidental
or consequential provision as the Secretary of State considers necessary or
(4) In subsection (1), “enactment” includes—
(a) a provision of an Act (including this Act),
(b) a provision of, or any instrument made under, Northern Ireland
(c) a provision of subordinate legislation (within the meaning of the
Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30)).
(5) An order under subsection (1) may not be made unless a draft of the order has
been approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.
(6) Subsection (5) does not apply to an order under subsection (1) if the order
declares that the Secretary of State considers it to be expedient for the order to
be made without the approval mentioned in that subsection.
(7) An order containing a declaration under subsection (6)—
(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.
(8) Subsection (7)(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.
(9) In calculating the period of 40 days mentioned in subsection (7)(b), 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.
7 Short title and interpretation
(1) This Act may be cited as the Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods
of Suspension) Act 2003.
(2) In this Act—
(a) “the 1998 Act” means the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c. 47),
(b) “Assembly” means Northern Ireland Assembly,
(c) “the May election” means the election of the Assembly the poll for
which was to have taken place on 29th May 2003.