Section 17: Power of certain bodies to apply for, or object to, order under section 1
56.This section clarifies the powers of certain bodies to apply for or object to an order. Subsection (1) confirms that any body which has a current power to promote or oppose a Bill whether in the Scottish Parliament or the Parliament of the United Kingdom will also have a similar power in respect of an order made under the Act. This ensures that there is no gap in the powers of such bodies.
57.Section 17 of the Transport Act 1962 was amended by the insertion of subsection (1A) by the Scotland Act 1998 (Cross Border Public Authorities)(Adaption of Functions etc.) (No 2) Order 2000 and provides that the British Waterways Board may, with the consent of the Scottish Ministers, promote Bills in the Scottish Parliament and may oppose Bills in the Scottish Parliament. Section 17(1) makes equivalent provision in respect of the UK Parliament. Section 17(3) of the Act enables the British Waterways Board to promote or object to an order without the consent of the Scottish Ministers.
58.Subsection (4) states that any other person may apply for or object to an order. The statement clarifies that the section is merely enabling in respect of the bodies covered by it and so it does not limit the powers of other persons to apply for or oppose an order.