Smart Meters Bill

Explanatory Notes

Territorial extent and application

14 Clause 11 sets out the territorial extent of the Bill, that is the jurisdictions which the Bill forms part of the law of. The extent of a Bill can be different from its application. Application is about where a Bill produces a practical effect. The Bill provisions extend and apply to England, Wales and Scotland.

15 There is a convention that Westminster will not normally legislate with regard to matters that are within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or the National Assembly for Wales without the consent of the legislature concerned.

16 The matters to which the provisions of the Bill relate are not within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or the National Assembly for Wales, and no legislative consent motion is being sought in relation to any provision of the Bill. If there are amendments relating to matters within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or the National Assembly for Wales, the consent of the relevant devolved legislature(s) will be sought for the amendments.

17 See the table in Annex A for a summary of the position regarding territorial extent and application in the United Kingdom. The table also summarises the position regarding legislative consent motions and matters relevant to Standing Orders Nos. 83J to 83X of the Standing Orders of the House of Commons relating to Public Business.

 

Prepared 17th October 2017