Statutory Instruments

2017 No. 608 (C. 54)

Constitutional Law

Devolution, Scotland

The Scotland Act 2016 (Commencement No. 6) Regulations 2017


26th April 2017

The Secretary of State makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 72(4) of the Scotland Act 2016(1).


1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Scotland Act 2016 (Commencement No. 6) Regulations 2017.

Provisions coming into force on 18th May 2017

2.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the following provisions of Part 1 of the Scotland Act 2016 (constitutional arrangements) come into force on 18th May 2017—

(a)section 3 (elections);

(b)section 4 (power to make provision about elections);

(c)section 5 (timing of elections);

(d)section 6 (electoral registration: the digital service);

(e)section 7 (expenditure in connection with elections);

(f)section 8 (review of electoral boundaries by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland);

(g)section 9 (functions exercisable within devolved competence: elections);

(h)section 10 (minor and consequential amendments: elections etc);

(i)section 11 (super-majority requirement for certain legislation); and

(j)section 12 (scope to modify the Scotland Act 1998).

(2) Section 9 comes into force immediately after sections 3 to 8 and 10 to 12.

David Mundell

Secretary of State

Scotland Office

26th April 2017


(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations bring into force provisions in Part 1 of the Scotland Act 2016 which relate to elections and legislation by the Scottish Parliament.

These commencement Regulations are the sixth to be made in respect of commencement of the Scotland Act 2016.


(This note is not part of the Regulations)

The following provisions of the Scotland Act 2016 have been brought into force by commencement Regulations made before the date of these Regulations:

ProvisionDate of CommencementS.I. No.
Section 1330th November 20162016/1161
Section 201st April 20172016/1178
Section 211st April 20172016/1178
Section 22 (partially)5th September 20162016/759
Section 22 (so far as not already in force)17th May 20172017/455
Section 23(3) and subsection (1) of that section in so far as it relates to subsection (3)5th September 20162016/759
Section 23(1) for remaining purposes, subsections (2) and (4) and subsection (5) for the purpose of making regulations17th May 20172017/455
Section 23(5) (so far as not already in force)1st April 20202017/455
Section 245th September 20162016/759
Section 251st April 20172016/759
Section 265th September 20162016/759
Sections 28 to 355th September 20162016/759
Section 621st April 20172017/300
Section 6518th August 20162016/759
Section 671st April 20172016/1178