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Regulatory Reform Act 2001

Section 12: Repeals and savings

119.Subsection (1) repeals sections 1-5 of, and Schedule 1 to, the 1994 Act except so far as they relate to the making of orders by Ministers in the Scottish Parliament. The deregulation order-making power under sections 1 to 4 was devolved under the Scotland Act 1998, and the procedure amended by Article 117 of the Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) (No. 2) Order 1999 (SI No. 1999/1820). It is therefore available for use by Scottish Ministers as regards devolved matters as they see fit. The regulatory reform order-making power will not be available to Scottish Ministers. In line with the devolution settlement, it will be possible for UK Ministers to make orders that cover reserved matters in Scotland, but they will not be able to make orders covering devolved matters. If the legislation under reform was passed before the Scotland Act 1998, covers Scotland as well as England and Wales and applies to a devolved matter, a UK Minister may:

  • act independently from the Scottish Parliament, repealing the legislation so far as it relates to England and Wales and replacing the provisions with a regulatory reform order. This means that the old primary legislation would still apply in Scotland; or

  • work with the Scottish Parliament to ensure that the changes made by the regulatory reform order were mirrored in Scotland and the old legislation repealed in its entirety. Unless and until the Scottish Parliament creates its own regulatory reform Order-making power, any changes which are outwith the 1994 Act vires would have to be made by Scottish primary legislation.

120.Similar arrangements apply in relation to the powers under section 5 of the 1994 Act.

121.If, on the day the Regulatory Reform Act received Royal Assent, a proposed deregulation order had begun its 60 day Parliamentary scrutiny, but had not reached the stage when the draft order was formally laid, then subsection (2) allowed it to be carried over and to complete its passage as a deregulation order notwithstanding the repeal of the 1994 Act. There were four proposals for deregulation orders that fell into this category, as listed at the end of Annex B.

122.Subsection (4) makes clear that any deregulation orders passed under the 1994 Act are not affected by the repeal of the 1994 Act.

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