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Local Government Act 1993 No 30
Current version for 5 December 2019 to date (accessed 28 January 2020 at 00:38)
263 Functions of the Boundaries Commission
(1) The Boundaries Commission is required to examine and report on any matter with respect to the boundaries of areas and the areas of operation of county councils which may be referred to it by the Minister.(2) For the purpose of exercising its functions, the Boundaries Commission—(a) may hold an inquiry if the Minister so approves, andbut may not hold an inquiry otherwise than as referred to in paragraph (a) or (b).(b) must hold an inquiry if the Minister so directs,(2A) Despite subsection (2), the Boundaries Commission must hold an inquiry for the purpose of exercising its functions in relation to a proposal for the amalgamation of two or more areas that has been referred to it in accordance with section 218F.(2B) Reasonable public notice must be given of the holding of an inquiry under this section.(3) When considering any matter referred to it that relates to the boundaries of areas or the areas of operations of county councils, the Boundaries Commission is required to have regard to the following factors—(a) the financial advantages or disadvantages (including the economies or diseconomies of scale) of any relevant proposal to the residents and ratepayers of the areas concerned,(b) the community of interest and geographic cohesion in the existing areas and in any proposed new area,(c) the existing historical and traditional values in the existing areas and the impact of change on them,(d) the attitude of the residents and ratepayers of the areas concerned,(e) the requirements of the area concerned in relation to elected representation for residents and ratepayers at the local level, the desirable and appropriate relationship between elected representatives and ratepayers and residents and such other matters as it considers relevant in relation to the past and future patterns of elected representation for that area,(e1) the impact of any relevant proposal on the ability of the councils of the areas concerned to provide adequate, equitable and appropriate services and facilities,(e2) the impact of any relevant proposal on the employment of the staff by the councils of the areas concerned,(e3) the impact of any relevant proposal on rural communities in the areas concerned,(e4) in the case of a proposal for the amalgamation of two or more areas, the desirability (or otherwise) of dividing the resulting area or areas into wards,(e5) in the case of a proposal for the amalgamation of two or more areas, the need to ensure that the opinions of each of the diverse communities of the resulting area or areas are effectively represented,(f) such other factors as it considers relevant to the provision of efficient and effective local government in the existing and proposed new areas.(4) The Boundaries Commission is not entitled to examine or report on any matter relating to the area of operations of a county council constituted or proposed to be constituted for the supply of electricity.(5) The Boundaries Commission must allow members of the public to attend any inquiry held by the Commission under this section.(6) The Boundaries Commission may continue with an examination or inquiry even though a commissioner or acting commissioner replaces another commissioner during the course of the examination or inquiry.(7) The Supreme Court may not make an order in the nature of prohibition in respect of, or an order for removing to the Court or quashing, any decision or proceeding made or conducted by the Boundaries Commission in connection with the exercise of its functions.