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Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Act 2020

Code of practice

Section 11: Further procedure in relation to the first code

24.Section 11 of the Act sets out the further procedures which will apply in relation to the first code of practice prepared by the Commissioner. Subsection (1) requires the Commissioner to first submit a copy of the draft code of practice to the Scottish Ministers for approval. Having gained the approval of the Scottish Ministers to the code, the Commissioner must then lay the draft code before the Parliament for consideration. Subsection (2) requires the Commissioner to have regard to any representations made to them within 60 days of laying the draft code of practice. Representations can then be made to the Commissioner by anyone though in practice it is likely that the primary source of representations will be parliamentarians. Subsection (3) provides that, in calculating the 60 day period, no account is to be taken of instances when the Parliament is dissolved or is in recess for more than four days. The additional parliamentary scrutiny and procedural steps which apply to the first code of practice under section 11 operate in addition to the requirement that any code can only be brought into effect by the Parliament approving affirmative regulations under section 13.

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