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Transfer of Functions Orders

Transfer of Functions Orders transfer legal powers and duties (executive functions) between UK Government Ministers of the Crown and the Welsh Ministers. They are made by Her Majesty the Queen in Privy Council.

The Government of Wales Act 2006 brought about changes to the procedure for effecting transfers of functions. Under the original Welsh devolution settlement in the Government of Wales Act 1998, executive functions were transferred to the National Assembly for Wales and then delegated to the First Minister and on to other Ministers as appropriate.

All of the functions transferred to the National Assembly for Wales under those arrangements have now been transferred to the Welsh Ministers by virtue of provisions in the Government of Wales Act 2006 and the Orders now have effect as if they had been made under section 58 of the 2006 Act. Under the Government of Wales Act 2006 (section 58), executive functions are now transferred directly to the Welsh Ministers.