The Transfer of Functions (Elections, Referendums, Third Sector and Information) Order 2016

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2016/997

2016 No. 997

Ministers Of The Crown

The Transfer of Functions (Elections, Referendums, Third Sector and Information) Order 2016

Made 12th October 2016

Laid before Parliament 19th October 2016

Coming into force 9th November 2016

At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 12th day of October 2016

Present,

The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council

Her Majesty, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 1 of the Ministers of the Crown Act 19751, is pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order as follows:

S-1 Citation and commencement

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Transfer of Functions (Elections, Referendums, Third Sector and Information) Order 2016.

(2) This Order comes into force on 9th November 2016.

S-2 Interpretation

Interpretation

2. In this Order—

“article 3 function” means a function which is directed by article 3(1) to be exercisable by the Secretary of State concurrently with the Minister for the Cabinet Office;

“article 5 function” means a function which is directed by article 5 to be exercisable by the Secretary of State concurrently with the Leader of the House of Commons;

“the Chancellor of the Duchy” means the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster;

“instrument” includes Royal Charters, Royal Warrants, Orders in Council, Letters Patent, judgments, decrees, orders, rules, regulations, schemes, bye-laws, awards, licences, authorisations, consents, approvals, contracts and other agreements, memoranda and articles of association, certificates, deeds and other documents;

“the Leader of the House of Commons” means the Minister of the Crown who is for the time being designated as Leader of the House of Commons by the Prime Minister.

S-3 Transfer of concurrently exercisable functions of the Chancellor of the Duchy to the Minister for the Cabinet Office

Transfer of concurrently exercisable functions of the Chancellor of the Duchy to the Minister for the Cabinet Office

3.—(1) The functions of the Secretary of State under—

(a)

(a) an Act, or a provision of an Act or instrument, listed in Schedule 1, or

(b)

(b) an instrument having effect under any such Act or provision of such an Act,

which are exercisable concurrently with the Chancellor of the Duchy are to cease to be exercisable concurrently with the Chancellor of the Duchy and are instead to be exercisable concurrently with the Minister for the Cabinet Office2.

(2) The functions to which paragraph (1) applies include functions under any provision not yet in force at the time this Order is made (and in Schedule 1 a reference to an Act or provision of an Act or instrument includes a reference to the Act or provision as amended by any provision of an enactment or instrument passed or made before that time even though the amending provision is not yet in force at that time).

S-4 Transfer of property, rights and liabilities in connection with article 3

Transfer of property, rights and liabilities in connection with article 3

4. There are transferred to the Minister for the Cabinet Office all property, rights and liabilities to which the Chancellor of the Duchy is entitled or subject at the coming into force of this Order in connection with an article 3 function.

S-5 Transfer of concurrently exercisable functions of the Chancellor of the Duchy to the Leader of the House of Commons

Transfer of concurrently exercisable functions of the Chancellor of the Duchy to the Leader of the House of Commons

5. The functions of the Secretary of State under sections 3 and 4 of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 19863are to cease to be exercisable concurrently with the Chancellor of the Duchy and are instead to be exercisable concurrently with the Leader of the House of Commons.

S-6 Supplementary provision in connection with articles 3 to 5

Supplementary provision in connection with articles 3 to 5

6.—(1) This article applies to—

(a)

(a) an article 3 function,

(b)

(b) anything transferred by article 4, and

(c)

(c) an article 5 function.

(2) In this article, “the transferee” means—

(a)

(a) in relation to an article 3 function or anything transferred by article 4, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, and

(b)

(b) in relation to an article 5 function, the Leader of the House of Commons.

(3) Anything (including legal proceedings) which, at the coming into force of this Order, is in the process of being done by or in relation to the Chancellor of the Duchy may, so far as it relates to anything to which this article applies, be continued by or in relation to the transferee.

(4) Anything done (or having effect as if done) by or in relation to the Chancellor of the Duchy in connection with anything to which this article applies has effect, so far as necessary for continuing its effect after the coming into force of this Order, as if done by or in relation to the transferee.

(5) Documents or forms printed for use in connection with an article 3 function or an article 5 function may be used in connection with the exercise of that function by the transferee even though they contain, or are to be read as containing, references to the Chancellor of the Duchy; and for the purposes of the use of any such documents or forms in connection with the exercise of that function by the transferee, those references are to be read as references to the transferee.

(6) Any enactment or instrument passed or made before the coming into force of this Order has effect, so far as necessary for the purposes of or in consequence of the transfer of anything to which this article applies, as if references to the Chancellor of the Duchy (and references which are to be read as references to the Chancellor of the Duchy) were references to the transferee.

S-7 Transfer of functions exercisable by the Chancellor of the Duchy only to the Minister for the Cabinet Office

Transfer of functions exercisable by the Chancellor of the Duchy only to the Minister for the Cabinet Office

7. The following functions of the Chancellor of the Duchy are transferred to the Minister for the Cabinet Office—

(a) functions under the Freedom of Information Act 20004(other than functions to which article 3(1) applies);

(b) functions under section 2(2)(b) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 20005;

S-8 Supplementary provision in connection with article 7

Supplementary provision in connection with article 7

8.—(1) There are transferred to the Minister for the Cabinet Office all property, rights and liabilities to which the Chancellor of the Duchy is entitled or subject at the coming into force of this Order in connection with a function which is transferred by article 7 to the Minister for the Cabinet Office (an “article 7 function”).

(2) Anything (including legal proceedings) which, at the coming into force of this Order, is in the process of being done by or in relation to the Chancellor of the Duchy may, so far as it relates to an article 7 function or anything transferred by paragraph (1), be continued by or in relation to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

(3) Anything done (or having effect as if done) by or in relation to the Chancellor of the Duchy in connection with an article 7 function or anything transferred by paragraph (1) has effect, so far as necessary for continuing its effect after the coming into force of this Order, as if done by or in relation to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

(4) Documents or forms printed for use in connection with an article 7 function may be used in connection with the exercise of that function by the Minister for the Cabinet Office even though they contain, or are to be read as containing, references to the Chancellor of the Duchy; and for the purposes of the use of any such documents or forms in connection with the exercise of that function by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, those references are to be read as references to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

(5) Any enactment or instrument passed or made before the coming into force of this Order has effect, so far as necessary for the purposes of or in consequence of article 7 or paragraph (1), as if references to the Chancellor of the Duchy (and references which are to be read as references to the Chancellor of the Duchy) were references to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

S-9 Function of the Secretary of State to be exercisable concurrently with the Minister for the Cabinet Office

Function of the Secretary of State to be exercisable concurrently with the Minister for the Cabinet Office

9. The function of the Secretary of State under regulation 114(6) of the Recall of MPs Act 2015 (Recall Petition) Regulations 20168is to be exercisable concurrently with the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

S-10 Transfer of functions from the Minister for the Cabinet Office to the Secretary of State

Transfer of functions from the Minister for the Cabinet Office to the Secretary of State

10.—(1) The functions of the Minister for the Cabinet Office under an Act, a provision of an Act or an instrument listed in paragraph (2) are transferred to the Secretary of State.

(2) The Acts, provisions and instruments referred to in paragraph (1) are—

(a)

(a) sections 2, 3 and 4 of the House to House Collections Act 19399;

(b)

(b) the Charities Act 199210;

(c)

(c) sections 22, 34, 36B and 36E of and Schedule 4A to the National Lottery etc. Act 199311;

(d)

(d) sections 496, 497, 497A, 497AA, 507B and 571 of the Education Act 199612;

(e)

(e) sections 63, 72, 73, 77 and 79 of the Charities Act 200613;

(f)

(f) the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 200814;

(g)

(g) the Charities Act 201115;

(h)

(h) the Tax Relief for Social Investments (Accreditation of Social Impact Contractor) Regulations 201416;

(i)

(i) sections 16 and 17 of the...

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