Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill 2012 – Reference By The Attorney General for England and Wales: SC 21 Nov 2012

Under the 1998 and 2006 Acts, the Welsh Assembly was empowered to pass legislation subject to confirmation by the English Parliament Secretary of State. The Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill 2012 was passed by the Assembly and purported to remove the requirement for confirmation and to add to the list of legislation which might be brought in without confirmation. The latter power was now challenged.
Held: The Bill was valid; the Assembly had the legislative competence to enact sections 6 and 9 of the Bill. The primary purpose of the Bill could not be achieved without the powers. The removal of the confirmatory powers for the scheduled enactments would be only incidental to, and consequential on, the primary purpose of removing the need for confirmation by the Welsh Ministers of any byelaw made under the scheduled enactments. The powers were to be exercised by either the English or Welshminister Secretaries of State, and alone if need be at any time.

Lord Neuberger, President, Lord Hope, Deputy President, Lord Clarke, Lord Reed, Lord Carnwath
[2012] UKSC 53, [2012] WLR(D) 341, [2012] 3 WLR 1294, UKSC 2012/0185, [2013] 1 AC 792, [2013] 1 All ER 1013
Bailii, Bailii Summary, SC Summary, SC, WLRD
Government of Wales Act 2006 112, Government of Wales Act 1998, Local Government Act 1972, The National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999, Supreme Court Rules 2009 41
England and Wales
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Scots Bills were Outwith Parliament’s Competence
The AG questioned the constitutionaliity of Bills designed to give effect to two treaties to which the UK is a signatory, and passed by the Scottish Parliament as to the care of children.
Held: The laws had effect also outside Scotland . .

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Constitutional, Local Government, Wales

Leading Case

Updated: 02 November 2021; Ref: scu.465936