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What is secondary legislation?

Find out about secondary legislation


What is the difference between primary and secondary legislation?

Primary legislation is an Act that has been passed by the Parliament. 

Secondary legislation can make small changes to an Act. The Act must say what changes can be made to it by secondary legislation and what process the secondary legislation will follow. 

Secondary legislation can also create new rules or add more details to an Act.

When MSPs are looking at the original Bill, they will look at what changes can be made by secondary legislation and whether they agree this is the right way to proceed.