Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL]

Explanatory Notes

Territorial extent and application

35 The provisions of the Bill extend to the whole of the United Kingdom. In the view of the UK Government, the matters to which the provisions of the Bill relate are not within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales or the Northern Ireland Assembly; accordingly no legislative consent motions are required.

36 There is a convention that Westminster will not normally legislate with regard to matters that are within the legislative competence of any of these legislatures without the consent of the legislature concerned. If there are amendments relating to such matters that fall within the convention, the consent of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales or the Northern Ireland Assembly (as appropriate) will be sought for them.

Prepared 22nd July 2015