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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2018 No. 36 (C. 5)

Education

The Education (Scotland) Act 2016 (Commencement No. 5 and Savings Provision) Regulations 2018

Made

1st February 2018

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

5th February 2018

Coming into force

1st April 2018

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred on them by section 33(2) and (4) of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016(1).

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 (Commencement No. 5 and Savings Provision) Regulations 2018 and come into force on 1st April 2018.

(2) In these Regulations—

“the 1980 Act” means the Education (Scotland) Act 1980(2);

“the 2016 Act” means the Education (Scotland) Act 2016.

Appointed day

2.  The day appointed for the coming into force of section 22(1), (2), (4), (5) and (6) of the 2016 Act (provision of school meals) is 1st April 2018.

Savings

3.  The following Regulations, which were made under subsection (3) of section 53 of the 1980 Act, continue in force—

(a)The Education (School Lunches) (Scotland) Regulations 2009(3);

(b)The Education (School Lunches) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013(4); and

(c)The Education (School Lunches) (Scotland) Regulations 2015(5).

MAREE TODD

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

1st February 2018

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations bring into force section 22(1), (2), (4), (5) and (6) of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 (asp 8) (“the 2016 Act”) on 1st April 2018 for all purposes.

Section 22(1) provides that the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 (c.44) (“the 1980 Act”) is amended in accordance with section 22(2) to (6).

Section 22(2) repeals and replaces section 53 of the 1980 Act. Section 53 imposes a duty on education authorities to provide a free school lunch to certain pupils in attendance at schools and other educational establishments managed by the education authority. It also provides education authorities with a power to provide food or drink other than a school lunch to pupils in attendance at such schools. The version of section 53 that will replace it from 1st April 2018 also covers children who receive their funded entitlement of Early Learning and Childcare under section 35 of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000.

Section 22(4) and (5) amend section 56A(2) (food and drink: nutritional requirements) and section 56E(1) (food and drink: guidance about sustainable development) of the 1980 Act to refer to the updated cross references in the new version of section 53 which will come into force on 1st April 2018 by virtue of regulation 2. Section 56A requires any food or drink provided for pupils in attendance at education authority managed schools to comply with the nutritional requirements specified by the Scottish Ministers by Regulations under that provision. Section 56E requires education authorities to have regard to any guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers about the application of the principles of sustainable development to any food or drink provided under section 53.

Section 22(6) amends section 133(2YA) (regulations, etc.) of the 1980 Act to refer to the updated cross references in the new version of section 53 and to specify when affirmative procedure applies. New section 53(8) allows the Scottish Ministers to modify subsection (7), which specifies the pupils who have to be provided with a free school lunch by education authorities, by regulations.

Regulations adding a description of pupil by reference to any benefit or allowance the pupil or their parent receives in such circumstances that may be prescribed, or to any tax credit or element of a tax credit (within the meaning of the Tax Credits Act 2002) received by the pupil or their parent in such circumstances as may be prescribed, may be made by negative procedure. Regulations adding a description of pupil by reference to the yearly stage of primary or secondary education of the pupil, or by any other description prescribed in the regulations, are subject to affirmative procedure.

Section 22(6) also amends section 133(2YA) of the 1980 Act to provide that Regulations under section 53(ZA) (power to require provision of meals other than school lunches) and section 54A (power to require education authorities to make clothing grants) are subject to affirmative procedure.

Regulation 3 provides that the following regulations, which were made under the version of section 53 of the 1980 Act in force prior to 1st April 2018, will continue in force: the Education (School Lunches) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (S.S.I. 2009/178), the Education (School Lunches) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013 (S.S.I. 2013/64) and the Education (School Lunches) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (S.S.I. 2015/269).

NOTE AS TO EARLIER COMMENCEMENT REGULATIONS

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

The Bill for the 2016 Act received Royal Assent on 8th March 2016. Section 33(1) brought Part 4 of the 2016 Act into force on the day after Royal Assent (apart from section 30). The provisions of the 2016 Act commenced by earlier commencement regulations are detailed in the table below.

ProvisionDate of CommencementInstrument
Section 1 (partially)1st August 20162016/192
Section 1 (in so far as not already in force)1st August 20172017/164
Section 2(1) and (2) (partially)1st August 20162016/192
Section 2(1) and (2) (in so far as not already in force)1st August 20172017/164
Section 2(3) (partially)1st August 20162016/192
Section 2(3) (in so far as not already in force)1st August 20172017/164
Section 2(4)(a) (partially)1st August 20162016/192
Section 2(4)(a) (in so far as not already in force)1st August 20172017/164
Section 2(4)(b)1st August 20162016/192
Section 3(1) and (2) (partially)1st August 20162016/192
Section 3(1) and (2) (partially)1st December 20162016/192
Section 3(1) and (2) (in so far as not already in force)1st August 20172017/164
Section 3(3) to (7)1st August 20172017/164
Section 41st August 20162016/192
Section 51st August 20172017/164
Section 61st August 20172017/164
Section 7 (partially)1st August 20162016/192
Section 7 (in so far as not already in force)1st February 20172016/386
Section 81st February 20172016/386
Section 91st February 20172016/386
Section 101st February 20172016/386
Section 111st February 20172016/386
Section 121st February 20172016/386
Section 131st February 20172016/386
Section 141st February 20172016/386
Section 151st February 20172016/386
Section 1615th July 20162016/192
Section 1715th July 20162016/192
Section 181st February 20172016/386
Section 19 (partially)1st January 20172016/386
Section 19 (partially)1st August 20172017/164
Section 19 (in so far as not already in force)10th January 20182017/354
Section 201st January 20172016/386
Section 21(1) and (2) (partially)1st August 20162016/192
Section 24 (partially)1st January 20172016/386
Section 24 (in so far as not already in force)10th January 20182017/164 as amended by 2017/352
Section 261st January 20172016/386
Section 271st January 20172016/386
Section 28(1)1st January 20172016/386
Section 28(3)10th January 20182017/354
Section 291st August 20162016/192
Section 301st August 20162016/192
Schedule, paragraph 151st August 20172017/164
Schedule, paragraph 20 (partially)1st January 20172016/386
Schedule (in so far as not already in force)10th January 20182017/354
(3)

S.S.I. 2009/178. The Education (School Lunches) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 were amended by the Education (School Lunches) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013 (S.S.I. 2013/64) and the Welfare Reform (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (S.S.I. 2017/182).

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