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Acts of Union.     35. The Union with Scotland Act 1706 and the Union with England Act 1707 have effect subject to this Act.
Letters Patent and proclamations.     36. - (1) The Keeper of the Registers of Scotland shall record in the Register of the Great Seal-
    (a) all Letters Patent signed with Her Majesty's own hand signifying Her Assent to a Bill passed by the Parliament, and
    (b) all royal proclamations under sections 2(5) and 3(2),
  which have passed under the Scottish Seal.
      (2) On recording such Letters Patent he shall intimate the date of recording to the Clerk.
      (3) Her Majesty may by Order in Council make provision as to-
    (a) the form and manner of preparation, and
    (b) the publication,
  of such Letters Patent and proclamations.
      (4) If the First Minister so directs, impressions with the same device as the Scottish Seal shall be taken in such manner, of such size and on such material as is specified in the direction.
      (5) Each such impression-
    (a) shall be known as a Wafer Scottish Seal, and
    (b) shall be kept in accordance with directions of the First Minister.
      (6) If a Wafer Scottish Seal has been applied to Letters Patent or a proclamation mentioned in subsection (1), the document has the same validity as if it had passed under the Scottish Seal.
Defamatory statements.     37. - (1) For the purposes of the law of defamation-
    (a) any statement made in proceedings of the Parliament, and
    (b) the publication under the authority of the Parliament of any statement,
  shall be absolutely privileged.
      (2) In subsection (1), "statement" has the same meaning as in the Defamation Act 1996.
Contempt of court.     38. - (1) The strict liability rule shall not apply in relation to any publication-
    (a) made in proceedings of the Parliament in relation to a Bill or subordinate legislation, or
    (b) to the extent that it consists of a report of such proceedings.
      (2) In subsection (1), "the strict liability rule" and "publication" have the same meanings as in the Contempt of Court Act 1981.
Corrupt practices.     39. The Parliament shall be a public body for the purposes of the Prevention of Corruption Acts 1889 to 1916.
Calculating time for meeting of the Parliament.     40. In calculating any period of days for the purposes of section 2(3)(b) or (5)(c) or section 3(2)(c), Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, a bank holiday in Scotland or a day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded.
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