(1) If an Order in Council does not make provision for the apportionment of the assets and liabilities of the local authorities affected by the order, those local authorities may, by agreement, determine the manner in which those assets and liabilities must be apportioned.
(2) If an agreement is not entered into by the local authorities concerned within 3 months after the date of the coming into force of the order, a local authority directly affected may apply to the Commission for an order apportioning assets and liabilities, and the Commission must make an order directing the manner in which assets and liabilities must be apportioned among the local authorities concerned.
(3) For the purpose of deciding an application to the Commission under subclause (2), the Commission must consult with the Auditor-General and with the local authorities directly affected, may make the enquiries that it thinks fit, and may obtain advice from any other person who, in the opinion of the Commission, has expert knowledge concerning any aspect of the matter to be decided.
(4) In the exercise of its powers under subclause (2), the Commission may identify the assets and liabilities to be transferred, which assets and liabilities must include all amounts and items that properly ought to be treated as being of the same character irrespective of how they may be described in the accounts or records of any local authority.
(5) An order of the Commission under subclause (2) may be enforced as if it were an agreement between the local authorities concerned.
Compare: 1974 No 66 s 37E, Schedule 3B Part 3 cls 27–31; 1989 No 1 s 29A
Schedule 3 clause 69(6): amended, on 1 April 2008 (effective for 2008–09 income year and later income years, except when the context requires otherwise), by section ZA 2(1) of the Income Tax Act 2007 (2007 No 97).