First Memorandum by the Ministry of Defence
DOCKYARD SERVICES (ROSYTH) (DESIGNATION AND APPOINTED
DAY) (REVOCATION) ORDER 1997 (S.I. 1997/151)
The purpose of this memorandum is to inform the Joint Committee
why the above statutory instrument is being brought into force
less than twenty-one days after it was laid.
The Dockyard Services Act 1986 ("the Act") made
provision in connection with the provision by contractors of certain
dockyard services. The Dockyard Services (Rosyth) (Designation
and Appointed Day) Order 1986 designated Rosyth Royal Dockyard
and the dockyard services provided therein for the purposes of
section 1(1) of the Act. A contractor has been providing services
at the Dockyard under contract with the Ministry of Defence since
6 April 1997.
The Secretary of State for Defence has disposed of the Rosyth
Royal Dockyard by sale and at that point the contractorisation
of the services provided for under the Act will end. It is therefore
necessary to revoke the Dockyard Services (Rosyth) (Designation
and Appointed Day) Order 1986.
The power to make an Order under section 1(1) of the Act
is exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in
pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
The Order could not be made until the date of completion
of the sale of the Dockyard was settled, that being also the date
upon which the present arrangements with contractors ceases. It
is desirable that the revocation of the designation should take
place as soon as possible after the sale because under section
3 of the Act, certain consequences flow from it which should not
apply to the privatised dockyards.Second Memorandum by the Ministry of Defence
DACKYARD SERVICES (ROSYTH) (DESIGNATION AND APPOINTED
DAY) (REVOCATION) ORDER 1977 (S.I. 1977/151)
The Committee asked for a memorandum about the laying
of this Order.
The Order was laid on 24 February and not 21 February as
shown on the published version. We have arranged for an erratum
slip to be published.
It was originally planned to lay the Order on 21 February
but because of unforeseen circumstances this was delayed until
24 February. The Memorandum to the Committee submitted with the
Instrument set out the reasons for the urgency of the Instrument
which came into force on 24 February.
We deeply regret that due to an administrative oversight
the resulting requirement to send immediately a notification to
the Lord Chancellor and the Speaker of the House of Commons was
A notification was sent on 17 March.
18th March 1997