HC Deb 20 March 1923 vol 161 cc2369-70W

asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the amending Regulations passed on Tuesday, the 13th instant; whether he is aware that those Regulations were brought in under Section 1 of the Rules Publication Act, 1893; whether he is aware that Section 1, Sub-section (5), of this Act expressly states that this Act shall not apply to Scotland; whether he has consulted the Scottish Law Officers as to its effect upon the pensioners domiciled in Scotland; and whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Captain ELLIOT

My attention has been drawn to the War Pensions (Final Awards) Amendment Regulations, 1923, to which I presume the hon. Member refers. The War Pensions Act, 1921 (which applies to Scotland), confers the power to make these Regulations. The Rules Publication Act, 1893, Section 1 of which does not apply to Scotland, contains provisions as to the manner of making such Regulations. I am advised that the fact that the provisions of the Rules Publication Act, 1893, though not obligatory in Scotland, have been complied with in making these Regulations, cannot affect in any way whatever their validity in Scotland.