Subordinate legislation May 2018 to date

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Scottish Government ministers (or another authorised person) can make laws using subordinate, delegated or secondary legislation, if they have the required powers under an Act of Parliament.

Scottish Statutory Instruments ("SSIs") can be used to:

  • provide the details of how a law will be applied;
  • bring a specific section (or sections) of an Act into force; and
  • amend exiting Acts.

Further information on this process can be found on the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee Webpage


Negative instruments

SSIs subject to the negative procedure ("negative instruments") are usually made (that is, signed by a Minister) before they are laid before the Parliament and come into force generally 28 days after being laid.

Instruments currently under consideration:

Both instruments are due to be considered at the meeting on 20 June 2018.

Affirmative instruments

SSIs subject to the affirmative procedure ("affirmative instruments") are normally laid before the Parliament in draft form and require the approval of the Parliament in order to come into force or (more rarely) to remain in force.

SSIs previously considered by the Committee

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