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And whereas it is expedient that the keepers of the several registers of records of seisins, reversions, abbreviates of adjucations, inhibitions, and deeds, and probative writs recorded in the books of council and session, should form alphabetical indexes of the persons and matters to which those records relate, for the purposes of easy reference to the same respectively: it shall and may be lawful for the Court of Session, by any Act or Acts of sedurunt, from time to time to regulate the form and manner in which such indexes shall be formed and rendered accessible to the public, and to provide such remuneration for the persons who shall be employed to form the same as may be just and suitable, by the imposition of a fee on the registry of the writings to which the said indexes shall bear reference, not exceeding one fourth part of the ordinary charge paid for copying at the time in the Court of Session: Provided always, that copies of all such Acts of sederunt shall be transmitted by the president of the Court of Session to his Majesty’s secretary of state for the home department, to be by him laid before both Houses of Parliament at or immediately after the commencement of the ensuing session; and no such Act or Acts of sederunt shall become in force or receive effect until the expiration of three calendar months after the first day of the meeting of such session of Parliament.
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