Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Forty-Fourth Report



APPENDIX IV

Memorandum by the Scottish Office

EDUCATION (ASSISTED PLACES) (SCOTLAND) AMENDMENT REGULATIONS 1998 (S.I. 1998/1497)

  1. This Memorandum is submitted by the Scottish Office to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments in response to their letter of 22nd July 1998 in which they asked for an explanation of the following point arising in connection with the above instrument:-

    This instrument was made on 11 June but not laid before Parliament until 9 July. Explain the delay in laying it.

  2. The reason for the time gap between the making and laying of this instrument is to avoid the unnecessary cost of providing 100 typescript copies of the instrument to the House when a final printed version is unavailable. Where sufficient time is available after making the instrument and before coming into force, Scottish Office send the instrument to the Stationery Office for final printing.

  3. In respect of this instrument time was taken for the signed typescript version to be passed to the Scottish Office S.I. Clerk by the Department. The instrument then required to be numbered before being passed to the Stationery Office for final printing. This process took 3 weeks. The instrument was then passed back to the Scottish Office S.I. Clerk prior to forwarding to Parliamentary Clerk for laying.

  4. The Scottish Office has noted the concern of the Joint Committee and will take steps to ensure that the gap between making and laying is kept to a minimum where possible when laying in final printed form.

July 1998

A similar memorandum was submitted by the Scottish Office in respect of the St Mary's School (Aided Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1998/1498).


 
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