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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

Section 40 – Directions and guidance

69.Subsections (1) and (2) give the Scottish Ministers power to direct Creative Scotland as to the exercise of its functions, except in relation to Creative Scotland’s functions under section 37(1) (its primary functions relating to artistic and other creative endeavours), section 37(3) (its function to encourage and support persons performing functions similar to Creative Scotland), section 38(3) (its function to provide persons other than the Scottish Ministers with advice, information or assistance) or section 39(4) (its grant and loan making function) insofar as the direction relates to Creative Scotland’s artistic or cultural judgement.

70.The Scottish Ministers may vary or revoke any direction given to Creative Scotland, subject to the requirement that a varied direction cannot affect Creative Scotland’s artistic or cultural judgement (see subsection (4)). Subsection (3) requires Creative Scotland to comply with any directions given to it by the Scottish Ministers under Part 4 of the Act and to have regard to any guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers in relation to the exercise of its functions.

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