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The Scottish Parliament and law making
The Scottish Parliament and law making

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During this week you explored the reasons why secondary legislation is used and the procedures followed in the Scottish Parliament and the UK Parliament. You learnt that the procedures are different and that there is growing criticism of the use of such legislation. In particular, critics say that the growing use of secondary legislation is making the law less accessible and that this undermines one of the important principles underpinning the rule of law.

You should now be able to:

  • explain what secondary legislation is
  • understand why secondary legislation is used
  • Understand the difference between primary and secondary legislation.

In the next week you learn about MSPs and MPs and their roles.

You can now go to Week 7 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .