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Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009

Rule 10: Resignation

64.Fund trustees may, unless they are a sole trustee, resign at any time and rule 10 sets out the procedure.

65.Under Rule 10(1), a Fund trustee must give notice of resignation to the Presiding Officer and other Fund trustees. No specific period of notice is specified, but the terms of rule 108 apply to such a notice and as a formal communication it should be in writing. Once a resignation has been made to the Presiding Officer and at the same time to the other Fund trustees in terms of subsection (2), it has immediate effect. It is expected that the Parliament will wish to consider whether any further provision to supplement the rule is required within Standing Orders, for example requiring intimation of resignation in the Business Bulletin.

66.Rule 10(3) prevents a sole trustee from resigning under this rule. This avoids there being no Fund trustees in post. This provision has to be read with rule 8(4) which allows resignation of a sole trustee only by application to the Court of Session under section 19(2) of the Trusts (Scotland) Act 1921 (c.58). The sole trustee can resign once the Court appoints new Fund trustees in terms of section 3 of that Act.

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