Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Twentieth Report


APPENDIX III

Memorandum by the Scottish Office

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS (RETURNING OFFICERS' CHARGES) ORDER 1999 (S.I. 1999/1094)

  1. This memorandum is submitted on behalf of The Scottish Office in response to a letter from the Clerk to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments dated 12 May 1999 requesting a memorandum on the following points:-

    "Verify the following references-

  (a)  in the definition of "by-election" in article 1(2), to an election held under "section 8" of the 1998 Act; and

  (b)  in article 3(1)(b), to the allocation of seats under "section 7" of that Act (the second reference).

    Should not these references by to sections 9 and 8 respectively."

  2. The Department agrees with the Committee and apologises for the mistakes. The Department is arranging for an amending Order to be made as soon as possible to ensure that there is no possible doubt about the charges that are recoverable by returning officers.

14 May 1999


 
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