Greater London Authority (Referendum) Act 1998
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|Act of Parliament|
|Long title||An Act to make provision for the holding of a referendum on the establishment of a Greater London Authority and for expenditure in preparation for such an Authority; and to confer additional functions on the Local Government Commission for England in connection with the establishment of such an Authority.|
|Citation||1998 c. 3|
|Introduced by||John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom|
|Royal assent||23 February 1998|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
The Greater London Authority (Referendum) Act 1998 (c. 3) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which made legal provision for the holding of a non-binding referendum in Greater London on whether there should be a democratically elected Assembly for London and a separately elected Mayor for London.
The Act legislated for the holding of a non-binding referendum to be held on 7 May 1998 in Greater London on whether there should be a democratically elected London Assembly and a separately elected Mayor for London and legislates for the appointment a Chief Counting Officer to oversee the referendum.
The act legislated for a non binding referendum to be held in Greater London on 7 May 1998 on the issue of a Greater London Authority and enables the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to appoint a Chief Counting Officer to oversee the referendum.
The question that appeared on ballot papers in the referendum before the electorate under the act was:
Are you in favour of the Government's proposals for a Greater London Authority, made up of an elected mayor and a separately elected assembly?
permitting a simple YES / NO answer.
The 33 London Boroughs would be used as the counting areas for the referendum.
|Greater London Authority referendum, 1998 |
|Invalid or blank votes||26,178||1.51%|
|Registered voters and turnout||5,016,064||34.60%|
Following the successful outcome of the vote the Greater London Authority Act 1999 was passed by the UK Parliament and the Authority came into being following elections in 2000.