1 Title, commencement and interpretation

(1)    The title of this Order is The Combined Fire and Rescue Services Schemes (Variation) (Wales) Order 2009 and it comes into force on 1 December 2009.

(2)    In this Order “relevant schemes” (“cynlluniau perthnasol”) means—

(a)    the Mid and West Wales Fire Services Combination Scheme which is set out in the Schedule to the Mid and West Wales Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1995;

(b)    the North Wales Fire Services Combination Scheme which is set out in the Schedule to the North Wales Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1995; and

(c)    the South Wales Fire Services Combination Scheme which is set out in the Schedule to the South Wales Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1995.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 December 2009: see para (1) above.

2 Variation of the relevant schemes

2Variation of the relevant schemes

Each of the relevant schemes is varied as follows—

(a)    in sub-paragraph (9) of paragraph 21, delete—

“, but may, for the purposes of preparing the estimate referred to in sub-paragraph (2) and if the Authority so resolve, include such amount or amounts as the Authority considers appropriate with a view to minimising any upward revision of an estimate under sub-paragraph (6)”;

(b)    after paragraph 21, insert—

“21A

(1)    The Authority's net expenses for the purposes of paragraph 21 may include such sum as is determined by the Authority for the purpose of providing reserves.

(2)    The power for the Authority to create or hold reserves is without prejudice to any specific statutory power or duty which it may have to establish any other reserve.”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 December 2009: see art 1(1).

Signature

Brian Gibbons

Minister for Social Justice and Local Government, one of the Welsh Ministers

24 October 2009

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Order)

This Order varies the three Welsh Combined Fire Services Schemes of 1995 (“the Schemes”). These are the Mid and West Wales Fire Services Combination Scheme, the North Wales Fire Services Combination Scheme and the South Wales Fire Services Combination Scheme set out in the Schedules to respectively SI 1995/3229, SI 1995/3218 and SI 1995/3230.

Article 2 varies each of the Schemes by providing that each combined fire and rescue authority in Wales may hold financial reserves.