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Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009

Rule 108: Formal communications

450.Rule 108 sets out the requirements for formal communications used in relation to the Act. Provision is made in relation to the form and delivery of communications. This includes provision for the use of electronic media.

451.A formal communication is defined in rule 108(1) as any notice, application, request or certification made or given for any purpose under the Act.

452.Rule 108(2) requires that any formal communication described in rule 108(1) must be in writing.

453.Rule 108(3) makes provision for the delivery of formal communications. Rule 108(3)(a) provides that a communication is considered to be made or given if it is delivered or sent by post to the relevant address. The rule lists the relevant addresses. Communications for the Fund trustees or any MSP should be sent to the Parliament. For holders of a qualifying office who are not MSPs, the address is the office-holder’s principal office. In any other case, the relevant address is the usual or last known abode of the person to whom the communication is being sent.

454.Rule 108(3)(b) provides that communications sent in any other way than as described in rule 108(3)(a) are to be considered as made or given if the sender reasonably thinks that the communication will be delivered on the same or next day. This includes electronic communications.

455.Rule 108(4) makes provision for formal communications sent by electronic means. Under this provision, electronic communications are to be treated as being in writing provided that the communication is legible and capable of being used for future reference.

456.Rule 108(5) makes further provision in relation to rule 108(3)(b). It creates a presumption that the formal communication referred to in that rule is considered as having been delivered on the day after it is sent, unless it can be proved otherwise. Where the next day would fall on a weekend or bank holiday in Scotland, the communication is considered as having been delivered on the next weekday which is not a bank holiday. Scottish bank holidays are defined at paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 of the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 (c.80).

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