The Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2013 and other publications: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

You asked for the following:

  1. The Scottish Government publication "Scotland's Right to Choose",
  2. The First Minister's Section 30 request to the United Kingdom Government and
  3. The “Section 30” legislation and guidance on its application and subsequent process to be followed for Scottish Referendums.


I enclose a copy of all of the information you requested. Most of the information you have requested is available from the Scottish Government website,, or from

Scotland's Right to Choose-

The Edinburgh Agreement-

The Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2013-

In order to address part 3 of your request, I have enclosed a copy of The Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2013 and a copy of the Edinburgh Agreement. The Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2013 was passed by the Scottish and UK Parliaments in order to give the Scottish Parliament the powers to legislate for an independence referendum, provided that the conditions set out in the order were met. The Edinburgh Agreement details the nonstatutory agreement between the Scottish and UK Government for how the referendum should take place in order to guarantee fairness, transparency and propriety. It is worth noting that these only applied to the 2014 referendum and do not cover future referendums in Scotland.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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