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(1)Ministers shall issue a model code of conduct for members of devolved public bodies (the “members’ model code”).
(2)There shall be set out in the members’ model code principles and rules governing the conduct of members of devolved public bodies.
(3)These principles and rules shall include provision about the registration and declaration of the interests of members of devolved public bodies and their ineligibility to discuss or vote upon business of these bodies affecting these interests.
(4)Ministers shall issue the members’ model code only after it has been laid before and approved by a resolution of the Scottish Parliament.
(5)Ministers may revise or re-issue the members’ model code; and subsection (4) above applies to any revisal or re-issue of the members’ model code as it applies to the issue of the code.
(6)The members’ model code may, for the purposes of sections 3(5) and 25(5) below, distinguish between those of its provisions which are mandatory and those which are optional.
(7)In subsection (3) above, “interests” means pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests and the reference to the business of devolved public bodies shall, in relation to a member of such a body, be construed as including a reference to matters under consideration by any other body on which the member is a representative or nominee of the devolved public body.
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