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Consumer Scotland Act 2020

Review of performance and modification of functions
Section 19 – Review of Consumer Scotland’s performance

47.Section 19 requires that, within the first three years of operation and at least every five years thereafter, Consumer Scotland must appoint a suitable person to conduct an external review of its performance in carrying out its functions. The person who is appointed to carry out this review must have relevant expertise and must be independent of Consumer Scotland (which is achieved where the condition in subsection (3)(b) is met). Consumer Scotland must publish this review, lay a copy before the Scottish Parliament and send a copy to the Scottish Ministers. Any payment for this review may only be made where it has been approved by the Scottish Ministers.

Section 20 – Power to modify Consumer Scotland’s functions

48.Section 20 empowers the Scottish Ministers, following consultation with Consumer Scotland (and, where appropriate, others) and subject to parliamentary process, to confer new functions on Consumer Scotland or to modify or remove existing ones. This power will enable Consumer Scotland’s remit to be adjusted in future without the need for further primary legislation, but subject to parliamentary oversight and agreement.

49.However, Ministers may not use this regulation-making power to remove (either by variation or by outright removal) Consumer Scotland’s core functions as set out under section 2.

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