(This note is not part of the Order)
While section 1 of the Northern Ireland Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”) is in force, with the effect that the Northern Ireland Assembly is suspended, paragraph 1 of the Schedule to the 2000 Act allows legislation by Order in Council for any matter for which the Assembly may legislate under the terms of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c 47). The power to legislate by Order in Council is limited to the first six months of any period during which section 1 of the 2000 Act is in force but may be extended by Order for a further period of up to six months at a time.
Section 1 of the 2000 Act was brought into force again by the Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2002 (SI 2002/2574) on 15th October 2002. The six month period beginning on 15th October 2002 has been extended by six further six month periods. This Order extends the period which would apart from this Order expire at the end of 14th April 2006 by a further six months ie until the end of 14th October 2006. The power to legislate by Order in Council will, however, lapse if the Assembly is restored before that date.