Section 9 - Delegation of Ministerial functions under section 7 of the Industrial Development Act 1982
15.This section inserts subsections (4A) to (4E) into section 7 of the Industrial Development Act 1982 (selective financial assistance for industry in assisted areas). Section 7 of that Act allows Scottish Ministers to award Regional Selective Assistance grants and relates to financial and other assistance to industry.
16.Subsection (4A) enables the Scottish Ministers to delegate their functions relating to provision of financial assistance to such persons as they may determine. Subsection (4B) provides that where the Scottish Ministers delegate under subsection (4A), they may also delegate to the same person their function of being satisfied that assistance cannot, or cannot appropriately, be given in any other way. Subsection (4C) provides that it is not possible for the delegate to use a pre-existing company which the delegate has not set up as a vehicle to invest in another company. The delegation may be to such extent and subject to such conditions as the Scottish Ministers think appropriate.
17.Subsection (4D) provides that if the Scottish Ministers delegate under subsection (4A) or (4B), the Scottish Ministers can still carry out the function themselves, that is, the power is to be shared between the delegate and the Scottish Ministers. Subsection (4E) provides that a delegation under subsection (4A) or (4B) can be varied or revoked at any time.