Commentary on Sections

Part Four: General

Section 100 – Equal opportunities

224.This section requires all persons (including organisations) who carry out their functions under this Act to do so in a way which encourages equal opportunities and, in particular, the observance of the equal opportunities requirements. “Equal opportunities" means the prevention, elimination or regulation of discrimination between persons on grounds of sex or marital status, on racial grounds, or on grounds of disability, age, sexual orientation, language or social origin, or of other personal attributes, including beliefs or opinions, such as religious beliefs or political opinions. “Equal opportunity requirements" means the requirements of the law for the time being relating to equal opportunities.

Section 103 – Subordinate legislation

225.This section provides that the powers to make orders and regulations that the Act confers on the Scottish Ministers are exercisable by statutory instrument, and sets out the parliamentary procedure which these statutory instruments are, in each case, subject to.