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Scotland Act 1998

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Scotland Act 1998
Lang titleAn Act for tae provide for the estaiblishment o a Scots Pairliament an Admeenistration an ither chynges in the govrenment o Scotland; for tae provide for chynges in the constitution an functions o sindry public authorities; for tae provide for the variation o the basic rate o income tax in relation tae income o Scots taxpayers in accordance wi a resolution o the Scots Pairliament; for tae amend the law aboot pairliament constituencies in Scotland; an for connectit purposes.
Chapter1998 c. 46
Introduced biDonald Dewar, Secretary of State for Scotland
Territorial extentUnited Kingdom
except section 25 (witnesses and documents:offences) which extends only to Scotland
Royal Assent19 November 1998
CommencementSindry dates frae 19 November 1998 tae 1 April 2000.[1][2]
Ither legislation
  • Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Act 2004
  • Constitutional Reform Act 2005
  • Scotland Act 2012
  • Wales Act 2014
  • Scotland Act 2016
  • European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018
Related legislationReferendums (Scotland & Wales) Act 1997
Status: Amended
Text o statute as oreeginally enactit
Revised text o statute as amendit

The Scotland Act 1998 (1998 c. 46) is an Act o the Pairlament o the Unitit Kinrick. It is the Act which established the devolved Scots Pairlament,[3] followin the 1997 Scots devolution referendum.[4]

The Act haes the rules fir running the pairlament an the ceevil service, the executive, noo kent as the Scots Govrenment, which haes a First Meenister an ither meenisters, appointit bi the Queen, wi the approval o the Scots Pairlament, includin the Lord Advocate and the Solicitor General fir Scotland. It spells oot the pouers o the parliament, nae bi exponin whit it can legislate oan but bi exponin the 'reserved' pouers o the Pairlament o the Unitit Kinrick. It wis passed in the Hoose o Lairds oan 17 November 1998, an royal assent on 19 November 1998.[5]

The first elections unner the new Act wir held in May 1999, an the first pairlament syne 1707 wis called on 1 July 1999, wi Donald Dewar, as the first First Meenister.[6]


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  1. Section 130.
  2. Scotland Act 1998 (Commencement) Order 1998
  3. https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1998/3178/contents/made
  4. "There shall be a Scottish Parliament Consensus". HeraldScotland (in Inglis). Retrieved 12 Mey 2022.
  5. https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld199798/ldhansrd/vo981117/text/81117-20.htm#81117-20_head0
  6. "Donald Dewar from The Gazetteer for Scotland". www.scottish-places.info (in Inglis). Retrieved 12 Mey 2022.