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The Secretary of State for Wales exercises statutory obligations in three areas. First, he must propose a day for the holding of a poll at an extraordinary general election to the National Assembly for Wales if the Assembly resolves it should be dissolved and at least two-thirds of the total number of Assembly members vote in favour.
Second, the Secretary of State must consult the Assembly about the Government's legislative programme as soon as is reasonably practicable after the beginning of each session of Parliament. Third, the Secretary of State has a number of obligations in relation to the Welsh Consolidated Fund, including making payments into the Fund out of money provided by Parliament.
No estimate of the annual cost of delivering each of these obligations has been made and any such estimate could only be made at disproportionate cost.
The Secretary of State for Wales also has a wide range of statutory powers, which he may exercise at his discretion.