Memorandum by the Scottish Office
1998 (S.I. 1998/1539)
1. This Memorandum is submitted
by the Scottish Office to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments
in response to their letter of 29th July 1998 in which they asked
for an explanation of the following point arising in connection
with the above instrument:
"This instrument was
made on 22 June but not laid before Parliament until 14 July.
Explain the delay in laying
2. The reason for the time gap
between the making and laying of this instrument is to avoid the
unnecessary cost of providing 100 typescript copies of the instrument
to the House when a final printed version is unavailable. Where
sufficient time is available after making the instrument and before
coming into force, Scottish Office send the instrument to the
Stationery Office for final printing.
3. In respect of this instrument
time was taken for the signed typescript version to be passed
to the Scottish Office S.I. Clerk by the Department. The instrument
then required to be numbered before being passed to the Stationery
Office for final printing. This process took 3 weeks. The instrument
was then passed back to the Scottish Office S.I. Clerk prior to
forwarding to Parliamentary Clerk for laying.
4. The Scottish Office has noted
the concern of the Joint Committee and will take steps to ensure
that the gap between making and laying is kept to a minimum where
possible when laying in final printed form.