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Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament (Amendment) Act 2016

Section 17 - Commencement: alternative and supplementary provisions

59.Section 17 sets out alternative and supplementary commencement provision applying in the event that the provisions of PPERA and the Electoral Administration Act 2006 mentioned at section 1(2) - i.e. the provisions that trigger an end to dual reporting - are not commenced in relation to MSPs before 5 May 2016. In such circumstances section 17(1) permits the Parliament, by resolution, to designate an alternative date for the commencement of sections 3 to 7 (but not 6(3)), 13 and 14 of the Act.

60.Subsection (3) allows for the making of transitional, transitory and savings provision in any resolution made under section 17(1). Subsection (4) applies provision in paragraphs 10(2) to (5) of the schedule to the Interests Act to any such resolution. This requires the Clerk to send a copy of it to the Queen’s Printer for Scotland immediately after it is passed, and applies with modifications provision (in section 41(2) to (5) of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 10) and the Scottish Statutory Instruments Regulations 2011 (S.S.I. 2011/195)) on numbering, publication and citation of Scottish statutory instruments to such a resolution as if it were a Scottish statutory instrument.

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