The Representation of the People (Data Matching) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

Cited as:SSI 2020/63
Jurisdiction:Scotland

2020No. 63

REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE

The Representation of the People (Data Matching) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

Made26thFebruary2020

Coming into force3rdMarch2020

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 53(1) and (3) and 201(3) and paragraphs 1A and 13(1ZB) of schedule 2 of the Representation of the People Act 1983( 1) and all other powers enabling them to do so.

In accordance with section 53(5) of the 1983 Act( 2) and section 7(1) and (2)(e) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000( 3), the Scottish Ministers have consulted the Electoral Commission. In accordance with section 53(5), the Scottish Ministers have also consulted the Information Commissioner and such other persons as they considered appropriate.

In accordance with section 201(2) of the 1983 Act( 4), a draft of these Regulations has been laid before and approved by resolution of the Scottish Parliament.

Citation, commencement and extent

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Representation of the People (Data Matching) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 and come into force on 3 March 2020.

(2) These Regulations extend to Scotland only.

Amendments to the Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

2. The Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) (Amendment) Regulations 2019( 5) are amended in accordance with regulation 3.

3. In regulation 20 (data matching confirmation), in paragraph (1), before “England” insert “Scotland,”.

St Andrew's House,

Edinburgh

26th February 2020

GRAEME DEY

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 ( S.I. 2019/1451) (“the 2019 Regulations”).

The 2019 Regulations make provision in relation to the reformed annual canvass in respect of a parliamentary register of electors and local government register of electors in England. Regulations 20 and 21 of the 2019 Regulations make provision for a data match that will allow registration officers to match the names and addresses of those registered in a register of parliamentary electors in Great Britain or a register of local government electors in England, against other data sources.

Regulation 3 of these Regulations amends regulation 20 of the 2019 Regulations to extend the data matching confirmation to a...

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