Section 223 – Crown application
847.Section 223(1) provides that this Act binds the Crown but only in so far as the Crown is a creditor. So duties which are imposed on employers by provisions of this Act do not bind the Crown. Subsection (2) makes it clear that amendments made by this Act of other Acts (such as the 1987 Act) bind the Crown to the extent which those existing Acts provide. For example, section 105 of the 1987 Act provides that the 1987 Act binds the Crown both as creditor and as employer. New sections inserted into that Act by this Act will also bind the Crown in both capacities (unless express contrary provision is made – see, for example, paragraph 662 above).
Section 224 – Orders and regulations
848.Section 224 provides for the Parliamentary procedure which is to apply to orders and regulations made by statutory instrument under this Act. It provides for the majority of statutory instruments made under this Act to be subject to the negative resolution procedure of the Scottish Parliament. The exceptions to this are statutory instruments which modify another enactment such as an Act (including this Act), in which case they are subject to the affirmative resolution procedure. In addition, regulations made under sections 50(4), 83(3), 92(2) or (3), 97(7)(b) and 98(6), and the first regulations made under section 220(1), are to be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure. This provision does not apply to statutory instruments made under powers inserted by this Act into other legislation.
849.Subsections (3) and (5) also provide that second and subsequent regulations made under section 220(1) (court-based information disclosure orders) may, at the discretion of the Scottish Ministers, be made subject to either the affirmative or negative resolution procedure.
Section 226 – Minor and consequential amendments and repeals
850.Section 226 introduces schedules 5 (minor and consequential amendments) and 6 (repeals and revocations).