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Scotland Act 1998

Interpretative provisions

Part III and the “Preliminary” paragraphs at the beginning of Part II contain general explanatory and interpretative provisions.  In particular:

(a)

paragraphs 1 to 3 in Part II explain how the entries in Part II are to be construed;

(b)

paragraphs 1 to 4 of Part II contain general provisions about Scottish public authorities, “reserved bodies” and financial assistance to industry; and

(c)

paragraph 5 of Part III contains a general provision as to how references in the Schedule to the subject matter of an enactment are to be construed.  It provides that they are to be read as references to that enactment as it had effect on 1 July 1999.  Accordingly, for the purposes of this Schedule, it does not matter if that enactment is amended or even repealed after that date: the reservation will remain the same.

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