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Energy Act 2004

Section 88: Orders in Council under sections 85 and 87

244.Sections 85 and 87 apply to renewable energy installations wholly or partly in Scottish offshore waters including the Scottish part of the Renewable Energy Zone designated under section 84(5). An Order in Council could potentially cover civil or criminal law matters which are wholly reserved under the Scotland Act 1998, wholly devolved or a mix of both. Section 88 sets out the parliamentary procedure to be followed, depending on the subject matter of the Order in Council. In the case of wholly reserved matters the Order in Council would be subject to the negative resolution procedure in the Westminster Parliament. Where the Order in Council deals with wholly devolved matters then it would be subject to an annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the Scottish Parliament. Where the Order in Council includes both reserved and devolved matters it would need to be subject to the procedures of both the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments.

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