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Scotland Act 1998

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The 1936 Act provides a procedure by way of provisional order, rather than a private Bill in the UK Parliament, by which any public authority or person may obtain parliamentary powers in relation to certain matters in Scotland.  This paragraph amends section 1 of that Act so as to ensure that it does not apply where the powers sought are wholly within the competence of the Scottish Parliament.  Such powers would have to be sought from the Scottish Parliament under its private legislation procedures, or from the UK Parliament by other means, such as the promotion of a private Bill.

The 1936 Act procedure could still be used where the powers sought relate to both devolved and reserved matters.

See also article 13 of the Scotland Act 1998 (General Transitory, Transitional and Savings Provisions) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/901) (inserted by article 4 of S.I. 1999/1334), which provides that the amendment made by paragraph 5 of Schedule 8 to the Scotland Act does not affect the operation of the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936 in relation to any petition for a Provision Order presented to the Secretary of State before the principal appointed day. This provision ensures that those applications which were already in progress on the principal appointed day were not affected by the amendment.

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