Police Areas (Wales) Order 1995

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 1995/2864

1995 No. 2864

POLICE

The Police Areas (Wales) Order 1995

Made 3rd November 1995

Laid before Parliament 13th November 1995

The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 21A and 21C of the Police Act 19641and after consultation in accordance with section 21A(3) of that Act, hereby makes the following Order:

S-1 Citation and commencement

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Police Areas (Wales) Order 1995.

(2) This article and article 4 below shall come into force on 11th December 1995 and the remainder of this Order shall come into force on 1st April 1996.

S-2 Amendment of Schedule 1A to the Police Act 1964

Amendment of Schedule 1A to the Police Act 1964

2.—(1) Schedule 1A to the Police Act 19642shall be amended as follows.

(2) For the entry in the right-hand column of that Schedule describing the extent of the Dyfed Powys police area, there shall be substituted “The counties of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Powys”.

(3) For the entry in that column describing the extent of the Gwent police area, there shall be substituted “The county of Monmouthshire and the county boroughs of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Newport and Torfaen”.

(4) For the entry in that column describing the extent of the North Wales police area, there shall be substituted “The counties of Anglesey, Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire, Den bighshire and Flintshire and the county boroughs of Aberconwy and Colwyn and Wrexham”.

(5) For the entry in that column describing the extent of the South Wales police area, there shall be substituted “The counties of Cardiff and Swansea and the county boroughs of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath and Port Talbot, Rhondda, Cynon, Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan”.

S-3 Continuance of police authorities

Continuance of police authorities

3. Notwithstanding the changes to the police area made by article 2 above, Dyfed Powys, Gwent, North Wales and South Wales police authorities, as established by section 3 of the Police Act 19643, shall continue to exist.

S-4 Transitional arrangements about membership of police authorities

Transitional arrangements about membership of police authorities

4.—(1) In this article, in relation to each of the following police authorities, namely, Dyfed Powys, Gwent, North Wales and South Wales, as established by section 3 of the Police Act 1964, (each of which is referred to as a “relevant authority”), “new councils” refers to the councils of the counties and county boroughs established under the Local Government (Wales) Act 19944which, by virtue of the amendment made by article 2 above, will be listed in Schedule 1A to the Police Act 1964 as constituting the police area of each of those authorities.

(2) For the purposes of the functions to which this article applies—

(a)

(a) paragraph 27(1) of Schedule 1B to the Police Act 1964 (meaning of “relevant council”)5shall have effect as though section 1 of the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 (which creates new principal local government areas in Wales for the administration of local government on and after 1st April 1996) was in force for the purposes of that provision on 1st December 1995, and

(b)

(b) accordingly, the appointments which are required to be made to each relevant authority by paragraph 2(2) of that Schedule (appointments of members of police authority by joint committee appointed by relevant councils) shall be made, as soon as practicable after that date, by a joint committee appointed by the new councils (as relevant councils) in accordance with that provision.

(3) The functions to which this article applies are—

(a)

(a) on and after 1st April 1996, all functions of the relevant authorities;

(b)

(b) before that date, the following functions of the relevant authorities in respect of the financial year beginning on 1st April 1996—

(i) functions under Chapter IV of Part I of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (precepts)6; and

(ii) functions under sections 4A (local policing objectives) and 4B (local policing plans) of the Police Act 19647.

(4) For the purposes of the functions referred to in paragraph (3)(b) above—

(a)

(a) section 28(2)(b) of the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994 (approval of decisions about precepts) shall have effect as though the reference to members of the police authority appointed under paragraph 2 of Schedule 1B to the Police Act 1964 was a reference to the members so appointed by virtue of paragraph (2) above; and

(b)

(b) the members of each relevant authority appointed under paragraph 2 of that Schedule otherwise than by virtue of paragraph (2) above shall not participate in the discharge of those functions.

(5) In determining the period of a term of years for the purposes of paragraph 17 of Schedule 1B to the Police Act 1964 (term of appointment of members of a police authority), any period as a member of the authority prior to 1st April 1996 under an appointment made by virtue of paragraph (2) above shall be disregarded.

S-5 Transfer of property

Transfer of property

5.—(1) Subject to paragraph (3) below, any property (real or personal) which—

(a)

(a) immediately before 1st April 1996 is situated in the police area of the transferor authority and is held by that authority, and

(b)

(b) as a result of the changes made by article 2 above, will be situated in the police area of the transferee authority,

shall transfer on that date from the transferor authority to the transferee authority and shall vest in the latter, together with all rights and obligations in connection therewith.

(2) In this article—

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