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DAVIES PUBLISHES DRAFT ORDER FOR TRANSFERRING ASSEMBLY POWERS

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Welsh secretary Ron Davies will today publish a draft order showing some of the main responsibilities he will hand ...
Welsh secretary Ron Davies will today publish a draft order showing some of the main responsibilities he will hand over to the national assembly for Wales, reports The Western Mail (p2).

The draft Transfer of Functions (National Assembly for Wales) Order is the first stage of officials having to trawl through more than 300 Acts of parliament that relate to the powers of the Welsh secretary.

Mr Davies said: 'The transfer order is an important document. Much work remains to be done on the detail over the next 12 months and there will be wide-ranging consultation before the final order is drawn up.'

Local government powers the government is transferring to the assembly include: providing revenue and capital funding for local authorities; regulations on business rates and the council tax; the operation of the non-domestic rating pool; and funding for the Commission for Local Admistration and for the Local Government Boundary Commission.
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