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Legislative reform

MSPs in the Scottish Parliament have backed the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill.

The new legislation replaces the remaining Transitional Orders made under the Scotland Act 1998 with provisions decided upon by the Scottish Parliament in relation to:

  • how legislation made by the Scottish Parliament is interpreted
  • how the Parliament scrutinises subordinate legislation
  • how the Parliament deals with the special procedure that applies to orders that are subject to special Parliamentary procedures

Minister for Parliamentary Business, Bruce Crawford said:

"The Bill offers wholly Scottish provisions, decided upon by this Parliament, to deal with legislative interpretation and procedure in devolved Scotland. And after 10 years this can only be right.

"The co-operative nature of the work on this Bill serves as an outstanding example of the constructive relationship between the Government and the Parliament and will simplify the statutory framework making our systems more effective and efficient."

The Scottish Government introduced the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament on June 15, 2009.

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