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Scotland Act 1998

Purpose and Effect

This section establishes the Scottish Parliament.  It provides for the election of constituency members of the Parliament under the simple majority system and regional members by proportional representation.  The section also ensures that the validity of Parliamentary proceedings is unaffected if any seats are vacant.  The section introduces Schedule 1, which provides for the constituencies, electoral regions and number of members to be returned per region and provides for the Boundary Commission for Scotland to recommend any necessary changes to the regions and the number of regional members.

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