1. This framework document has been drawn up by the Scottish Government (SG) in consultation with Scottish Canals (SC). It sets out the broad framework within which SC, a Scottish public corporation, will operate and defines key roles and responsibilities which underpin the relationship between SC and the SG. While this document does not confer any legal powers or responsibilities, it forms a key part of the accountability and governance framework and should be reviewed and updated as necessary, and at least every 2-3 years. Any proposals to amend the framework document either by the SG or SC will be taken forward in consultation and in the light of SG priorities and policy aims. Any question regarding the interpretation of the document shall be determined by the SG after consultation with SC. Legislative provisions shall take precedence over any part of the document.
2. Scottish Canals is the operating name of the British Waterways Board (BWB). References to SC include any subsidiaries and joint ventures owned or controlled by SC. SC shall not establish subsidiaries or enter into joint ventures without the express approval of the SG.
3. References to SG include Transport Scotland (TS) as an agency of the SG.
4. Copies of the document shall be placed in the Scottish Parliament Reference Centre. It shall also be published on the SG and the SC websites.