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Scotland Act 1998


The Act gives effect to the Government’s proposals for devolution to Scotland as set out in the white paper, Scotland’s Parliament (Cm 3658, July 1997).  It is divided into six parts:

Part IThe Scottish Parliament;
Part IIThe Scottish Administration;
Part IIIFinancial Provisions;
Part IVThe Tax Varying Power;
Part VMiscellaneous and General;
Part VISupplementary.

The Act also contains nine schedules.  Of these, Schedule 4 lists enactments protected from modification by the Scottish Parliament.  Schedule 5 lists matters reserved to the UK Parliament.

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