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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Modification of memorandum, articles, constitution or registered rules

154.Paragraph (a) of section 63 of the Act amends section 72(1) of the 2003 Act which provides that a crofting community body which bought land under Part 3 of the 2003 Act shall not, for as long as the land remains in its ownership, modify its memorandum or articles of association without the consent of Ministers. The amendment provides for the same restriction in relation to a constitution (in the case of Scottish charitable incorporated organisations) or registered rules (in the case of community benefit societies).

155.Paragraph (b) of section 63 of the Act inserts subsections (3), (4) and (5) into section 72 of the 2003 Act. Subsection (2) provides that Ministers may compulsorily acquire croft land if they are satisfied that the crofting community body which has bought the croft land, if it had not done so, would no longer be entitled to do so. Section 72(3) provides that the provision in section 72(2) will not apply when the land is no longer eligible croft land. Section 72(4) provides Ministers with the power to make an order relating to the compulsory acquisition of the croft land. Section 72(5) provides that the order made under section 72(4) may apply, modify or exclude any matter as to which an order could be made relating to the compulsory acquisition of the land by Ministers.

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