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(1)The Scottish Ministers may, by order made by statutory instrument, provide that section 1 applies in relation to New Year’s Day as it applies in relation to Christmas Day.
(2)An order under subsection (1) is to be made only if a draft of the order has been laid before and approved by a resolution of the Scottish Parliament.
(3)The Scottish Ministers may not lay a draft of an order under subsection (1) before the Parliament in pursuance of subsection (2) unless, having consulted the persons mentioned in subsection (4), they have laid before the Parliament—
(a)a report about the economic impact, and the impact on family life, of large shops opening for the purpose of making retail sales on New Year’s Day; and
(b)a statement that they are of the view, having considered the matters in the report, that the order should be made and setting out their reasons for being of that view.
(4)The persons referred to in subsection (3) are—
(a)every council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39);
(b)such persons as appear to the Scottish Ministers to be representative of the interests of those who carry on business;
(c)such persons as appear to the Scottish Ministers to be representative of those who work in large shops; and
(d)such other persons as the Scottish Ministers think fit.
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