The Overseas Territories (Constitutional Modifications) Order 2020

Publication Date:January 01, 2020
 
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2020No. 780

OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

The Overseas Territories (Constitutional Modifications) Order 2020

Made21stJuly2020

Laid before Parliament29thJuly2020

Coming into force22ndAugust2020

At the Court at Windsor Castle, the 21st day of July 2020

Present,

The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty in Council

Her Majesty, in exercise of the powers conferred on Her by section 112 of the Saint Helena Act 1833( 1) and the British Settlements Acts 1887 and 1945( 2) or otherwise in Her Majesty vested, is pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order, and it is ordered, as follows:

Citation, commencement and extent

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Overseas Territories (Constitutional Modifications) Order 2020.

(2) This Order comes into force on 22nd August 2020.

(3) This Order extends to the Falkland Islands and to St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Order –

“Constitution” means the Falkland Islands Constitution or the St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Constitution;

“Falkland Islands Constitution” means the Constitution of the Falkland Islands set out in the Schedule to the Falkland Islands Constitution Order 2008( 3);

“legislative body” means –

(a) in relation to the Falkland Islands, the Legislative Assembly( 4);

(b) in relation to St Helena, the Legislative Council( 5);

“meeting” includes sitting as defined in section 100(1) of the Falkland Islands Constitution and in section 115 of the St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Constitution;

“St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Constitution” means the Constitution of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha set out in the Schedule to the St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Constitution Order 2009( 6);

“Territory” means the Falkland Islands or St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha;

“virtual meeting” means a meeting of a legislative body in which some or all members of the body are not physically present together but are in communication with one another by electronic means, and in which all the members (present and participating) are able to communicate with one another, to hear and be heard, and to have had access to all of the documents considered at the meeting; and it shall be for the members to agree that the means of communication in use are sufficient for the meeting to proceed.

(2) In the application of this Order to a particular Territory, the expression “the Territory” means that Territory, and any...

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