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Directions by the Mayor.     320. - (1) The Mayor may give a direction to any local authority in Greater London requiring the authority to provide him with such information, advice and assistance as he may require in the preparation and revision of the London air quality strategy.
      (2) The power of the Mayor to give a direction to an authority under subsection (1) above may be exercised either generally or specially.
      (3) Where the Mayor gives an authority a direction under subsection (1) above, the authority to whom the direction is given shall comply with the direction.
Interpretation of sections 317 to 320.     321. For the purposes of section 317 to 320 above "local authority" has the meaning given to it by section 91(1) of the Environment Act 1995.
Directions under the Environment Act 1995.     322. - (1) Section 85 of the Environment Act 1995 (reserve powers of the Secretary of State in relation to air quality) shall be amended in accordance with subsections (2) to (4) below.
      (2) In subsection (1) (definition of "appropriate authority" for the purposes of the section)-
    (a) in paragraph (a), for the words "England and Wales, the Secretary of State; and" there shall be substituted the words "local authorities in England and Wales other than local authorities in Greater London, the Secretary of State;", and
    (b) after that paragraph there shall be inserted-
    "(aa) in relation to local authorities in Greater London, the Mayor of London; and".
      (3) After subsection (4) there shall be inserted-
    "(4A) The powers of the Mayor of London to give directions under this section to a local authority in Greater London may only be exercised after consultation with the local authority concerned.
      (4B) In exercising any function under subsection (2), (3) or (4) above the Mayor of London shall have regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State to local authorities under section 88(1) below."
      (4) In subsection (5) (power of the Secretary of State to give directions relating to obligations under the Community Treaties or to international obligations) after "local authorities" there shall be inserted ", other than local authorities in Greater London,".
      (5) After subsection (6) (publishing of directions under the section) there shall be inserted-
    "(6A) The Mayor of London shall send a copy of any direction he gives under this section to the Secretary of State."
Duty of the Mayor in relation to air quality action plans.     323. After section 86 of the Environment Act 1995 (functions of county councils in relation to district councils) there shall be inserted-
"Functions exercisable by the Mayor of London.     86A. - (1) Where a local authority in Greater London is preparing an action plan, the Mayor of London (referred to in this section as "the Mayor") shall, within the relevant period, submit to the authority proposals for the exercise (so far as relating to the designated area) by the Mayor, in pursuit of the achievement of air quality standards and objectives, of any powers exercisable by the Mayor.
    (2) Where the Mayor submits proposals to a local authority in pursuance of subsection (1) above, he shall also submit a statement of the time or times by or within which he proposes to implement each of the proposals.
      (3) An action plan shall include a statement of-
    (a) any proposals submitted pursuant to subsection (1) above; and
    (b) any time or times set out in the statement submitted pursuant to subsection (2) above."
Consultation with the Mayor.     324. In paragraph 1 of Schedule 11 to the Environment Act 1995 (duty of local authorities to consult certain persons in the exercise of their functions under Part IV of that Act), after sub-paragraph (2) there shall be inserted-
    "(2A) A local authority specified in sub-paragraph (2B) below shall in carrying out the functions falling within sub-paragraph (1)(a) to (c) above also consult the Mayor of London.
      (2B) The local authorities mentioned in sub-paragraph (2A) above are-
    (a) any local authority in Greater London,
    (b) any local authority whose area is contiguous to the area of Greater London."
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