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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

Section 25 to 28 - Procedure, consultation and explanatory document

45.Sections 25 to 28 set out the procedure for making orders. The order-making powers are subject to a ‘super-affirmative’ procedure which requires that if the Scottish Ministers propose to make an order under section 14 or 17(1) they must lay before the Parliament a copy of the proposed draft order and the proposed explanatory document and send copies of these to any person who is required to be consulted under section 26.

46.Scottish Ministers must have regard to any representations made within a period of 60 days (excluding periods when the Parliament is dissolved or in recess for more than 4 days) before laying a draft order before Parliament for approval by affirmative resolution accompanied by a further explanatory document which gives details of the consultation which has been undertaken, any representations received and any changes made as a result of those representations.

47.These sections also set out the procedure for making orders under section 15 which add or remove an entry in schedule 5 (and, if applicable, schedule 6). Before making an order under section 15 which adds an entry to schedule 5, the Scottish Ministers must consult the body in question and lay a draft order and an explanatory document before Parliament, and the draft order must be approved by a resolution of Parliament.

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