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Scotland Act 1998

Purpose and Effect

This section requires the Parliament to make “provision” by or under an Act of the Scottish Parliament for the registration and declaration of members’ interests and for the rules which members must comply with when taking part in proceedings of the Parliament. This provision must also prohibit members from advocating any matter on behalf of a person by specified means, or urging other members to do so, in return for payment or benefit. The section also creates a criminal offence where a member is found to be guilty of contravening those provisions. The provisions of this section will apply to the Scottish Law Officers even if they are not members of the Parliament. The section sets out the minimum requirements for the provisions.

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