Coronavirus Bill

Explanatory Notes

Territorial extent and application

156 Clause 100 sets out the territorial extent of the Bill, which describes the jurisdictions in which the Bill forms part of the law. The territorial extent of the Bill is, variously, the United Kingdom, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The extent of a Bill can be different from its application. Application is about where a Bill produces a practical effect. The commentary on individual provisions of the Bill explain their extent and application.

157 The Bill contains provisions which cover reserved and devolved subject areas.

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

159 To the extent that the provisions of the Bill fall within the legislative competence of devolved legislatures, the legislative consent procedure would be appropriate.

160 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.


24th March 2020