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Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020

Section 4: Provision of Level 1 disclosure to third parties

14.An applicant who receives a Level 1 disclosure by electronic communications has the choice, within a period to be prescribed(2) by regulations subject to the negative procedure(3), either to share that disclosure with a third party, or to notify Ministers that they intend to make an application for review under section 5. Ministers must make the disclosure available to a third party on request by the applicant.

15.Subsection (3) allows an individual to change their mind in cases where they have indicated an intention to seek a review. To do so they must make a request before the end of the prescribed period for Ministers to share their Level 1 disclosure with a third party.

16.If the individual takes no action and does not notify Ministers of their decision either to share the disclosure or seek a review, the disclosure lapses at the end of the prescribed period and nothing more may be done with it. However, subsection (5) makes it clear that a failure to act in relation to a Level 1 disclosure does not prevent the individual from applying for another Level 1 disclosure. If the provisions in this section are not followed, Ministers are not otherwise permitted to make the disclosure available to the accredited body or any other person.

17.This section does not apply to Level 1 disclosures provided in paper form.


‘Prescribed’ means prescribed by regulations made by the Scottish Ministers.


‘Negative regulations’ means regulations subject to the negative procedure (see section 28 of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010) i.e. a type of secondary legislation that is made by the Scottish Ministers and then laid before the Scottish Parliament for a period during which they may be annulled. Information about secondary legislation in the Scottish Parliament can be found here: [2]

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