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:

Instruments already considered

Both instruments were considered at the meeting on 20 June 2018. The Committee made no comment on instrument SSI 2018/170. 

In respect of SSI2018/17 the Committee considered a similar instrument last year and the Scottish Government  highlighted that at this point that it intended to consolidate and update the various pieces of secondary legislation that regulate student fees and support in the higher education sector in Scotland, with a view to ensuring greater clarity and consistency. Given the committee’s interest in the area and its complexity, the Committee agreed to seek confirmation from the Government that it is still its intention to consolidate. 

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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