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UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021

Section 14 - Ministers’ duties to have due regard to the guiding principles

85.Section 14 of the Act imposes on the Scottish Ministers and Ministers of the Crown, as far as they are acting with respect to Scotland, a duty to have due regard to the guiding environmental principles when developing policies, including proposals for legislation. A Minister of the Crown would be required to consider the guiding environmental principles or to have them in view when developing policy for Scotland. The Scottish Parliament has competence to impose a requirement on both the Scottish Ministers and Ministers of the Crown to have regard to the guiding environmental principles as the conferral has a devolved purpose, environmental protection, and related effect. The duty, when read with section 16, will apply to policy development, including proposals for legislation, with the purpose of contributing to the protection and improvement of the environment and sustainable development. Exempt policy areas of national defence or civil emergency and finance or budgets are listed in subsection (3).

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