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Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003

Section 36 – Orders and regulations

135.This section prescribes the procedure for the making of orders and regulations under the Act.

136.Subsection (2) as read with subsection (3) allows the Scottish Ministers, amongst other things, to make any changes to existing enactments or other documents (such as administrative guidance) that are necessary to bring them into line with the provisions of the Act or regulations made under the Act. Subsection (4) lists those orders and regulations made under specified provisions of the Act which are subject to negative procedure.

137.Regulations made under section 8, 19, 20, 22 or 23 can be subject to affirmative or negative procedure, at the choice of the Scottish Ministers (subsection (5)), although they must be made by affirmative procedure if they textually amend primary legislation (subsection (6)). Regulations made under section 19 are not subject to this proviso as there are no circumstances in which those regulations will textually amend other Acts. Subsection (6) also makes clear that orders under section 4 or 24, regulations under section 25 or orders under section 37 which make textual amendments will be subject to affirmative procedure. Regulations made under paragraph 20(4) of schedule 2 which concerns the up-rating of fines for offences committed, will be subject to negative procedure.

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