Consolidation of statutes


Lord Pentland, SLC Chairman

Team member

Susan Sutherland, Project Manager

Consolidation involves the bringing together of several statutes in an area of law into one Act. Consolidation does not change the law. It is a way of tidying up the statute book and making it easier for people to access legislation. Instead of having to look up several Acts covering a number of years on a particular matter, the user has to look up only one Act. The result is to make it much easier and less time consuming for the user.

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Bill

The Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Bill completed its passage through the UK Parliament in March and received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014.

The Act consolidates the legislation relating to co-operative and community benefit societies (formerly known as industrial and provident societies). The Act gives effect to recommendations contained in a Report by the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission published in December 2013.

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Bill Report

Bankruptcy legislation


Our Report on the Consolidation of the Bankruptcy Legislation in Scotland was published on 14 May 2013.

A news release is also available.

The consolidation Bill prepared  by the Commission was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 30 October 2015.  The Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 22 March 2016, and received Royal Assent on 28 April 2016.

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