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Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000

Section 4 Revisal etc of members’ codes

12.This section provides for the revisal of members’ codes.

13.A public body may submit or may be required by Scottish Ministers within such time as they direct to submit, a draft revisal or re-issue of the members’ code.  Subsection (2) provides that Ministers may approve the revisal or re-issue, with or without modification; or substitute a revisal or re-issue of their own devising; or themselves revise or re-issue the members’ code if the body has failed to submit a revisal or re-issue after being required to do so by Ministers.

14.If it appears to Ministers that a members’ code is not, or is no longer, consistent with the members’ model code they may require that body to submit a revise or re-issue of the code.

15.If it appears to Ministers that the members’ code is not, or is no longer, consistent with the members’ model code and they consider that it is expedient in the public interest, they may revise or re-issue the members code without having previously required that public body to submit a draft revisal or re-issue.

16.Any revisal or re-issue of a members’ code shall come into effect on a date fixed by Ministers and they will notify the relevant public body of that date.

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