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(1)A proposed quality contract scheme shall specify—
(a)the area to which the scheme relates;
(b)that the scheme shall, in so far as relating to each local service included in it, come into operation—
(i)on a date not earlier than six months after the day on which the local traffic authority who made the scheme enter into a quality contract in respect of that service; or
(ii)on such earlier date as the authority may specify,
(the first date on which the scheme so comes into operation being referred to in this section as the “operational date”); and
(c)the period (being a period of more than three, but not more than seven, years beginning on the operational date) during which it is to remain in operation.
(2)A proposed scheme shall outline—
(a)the local services which are to be provided under quality contracts; and
(b)the features of the proposed invitations to tender for quality contracts.
(3)A proposed scheme may provide that—
(a)local services specified in it; or
(b)local services of a class specified in it,
are to be excluded from the scheme, subject to such conditions (if any) as may be specified in it.
(4)A proposed scheme may contain such ancillary provisions as the authority think fit.
(5)If a proposed quality contract scheme relates to any extent to the same area as a quality partnership scheme, the quality contract scheme may include provision—
(a)varying or revoking any such quality partnership scheme which relates only to the area of the authority by which the quality contract scheme is made; or
(b)varying any other such quality partnership scheme to the extent that it so relates.
(6)The Scottish Ministers may by order vary the number of years mentioned in subsection (1)(c) above.
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