Explanatory Notes

Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

2010 asp 10

3 June 2010

The Act - Background

Part 2: Scottish Statutory Instruments

Section 28 -  Instruments subject to the negative procedure

61.Section 28 defines what is meant when an enactment provides that devolved subordinate legislation is subject to the negative procedure.

62.Under the negative procedure the legislation is made (i.e. signed) and is then subject to annulment by resolution of the Parliament. The main features of the procedure are that:

63.Subsections (4) to (7) explain the effect of the Parliament making an annulment resolution.

64.Subsection (4) provides that, in so far as the instrument is not in force on the date of the annulment resolution, the instrument is not to come into force. But, in so far as the instrument is in force on that date, nothing further is to be done under, or in reliance upon, the instrument after that date.

65.Following an annulment resolution, subsection (6) requires the “responsible authority” to revoke the instrument (unless it is an Order in Council). Subsection (9) defines the expression “responsible authority”. If the instrument is an Order in Council, subsection (5) provides that following an annulment resolution Her Majesty may revoke it. Subsection (10) provides that a revocation order made under either subsection (5) or (6) is to be an SSI.

66.Subsection (7) provides that neither the annulment resolution, nor the instrument’s consequent revocation, affects the validity of anything previously done under the instrument or the making of a new SSI.