(1) This Order may be cited as the Scottish Parliament (Assistance for Registered Political Parties) Order 1999 and shall come into force on 1st July 1999.
(2) In this Order—
“the Act” means the Scotland Act 1998;
“general election” means an ordinary or extraordinary general election for membership of the Parliament held under section 2 or section 3 of the Act; and
“qualifying party” means a registered political party with which any member of the Parliament is connected.
(3) For the purposes of this Order and section 97 of the Act, a registered political party and a member of the Parliament are to be regarded at any time as connected if the member of the Parliament—
(a) was returned at the previous general election after contesting it as a candidate (whether for return as a constituency member or as a regional member) of that party;
(b) was returned since that general election at an election held under section 9 of the Act (constituency vacancies) after contesting it as a candidate of that party; or
(c) was included in the regional list for any region submitted by that party for that general election and as such became a member of the Parliament since that general election by virtue of a notification under section 10 of the Act (regional vacancies).
(4) In this Order, unless the context requires otherwise, references to a period are to any of the periods mentioned in paragraphs (3) to (5) of article 2 as read with article 5.
(5) Unless the context requires otherwise, any reference in this Order to a numbered article is to the article bearing that number in this Order and any reference in an article of this Order to a numbered paragraph is to the paragraph bearing that number in that article.
Specified date: 1 July 1999: see para (1) above.