Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill call for views

Remit

The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment (RACCE) Committee is seeking views on the whole of part 2 and the element of part 1, as it relates to the Committee’s remit, that places a duty on stakeholders in respect of sustainable economic growth of the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill was introduced by the Scottish Government to the Scottish Parliament on 27 March 2013. The Bill aims to enable provision to be made for the purpose of promoting regulatory consistency; to enable provision to be made, and to make provision, as respects regulatory activities, and offences, relating to the environment; to make provision about regulatory functions relating to marine licensing, planning and street traders’ licences; and for connected purposes. A copy of the Bill and accompanying documents can be found at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/61582.aspx

The RACCE Committee is examining part 2 of the Bill relating to environmental regulation along with the element of part 1, as it relates to the RACCE Committee’s remit, that places a duty on stakeholders in respect of sustainable economic growth. Any written submissions in relation to these matters should therefore be directed to the RACCE Committee.

The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee is examining parts 1,3 and 4 of the Bill relating to regulatory functions, miscellaneous and general provisions and  therefore any written submission on these parts of the Bill should be submitted to that Committee. The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Committee’s call for written evidence on these provisions can be found at:

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Committee call for evidence

Key issues

Responses should address all or any of the following points in turn—

  • The proposals for regulatory powers for Scottish Ministers in relation to protecting and improving the environment, regulating environmental activities and implementing relevant EU obligations.
  • The proposed powers of enforcement for SEPA, including non-compliance penalties, enforcement undertakings and the operation of penalties and cost recoveries.
  • The proposed powers to be given to the Courts in connection to compensation orders, publicity orders, and consideration of financial benefits when imposing fines.
  • The proposals contained in Chapter 4 including the duties that relate to local authorities in connection with contaminated land, special sites, and air quality assessments.
  • The proposals to make changes to the general purpose of SEPA to ensure that in carrying out its functions it contributes to the health and well-being of the people of Scotland and achieving sustainable economic growth.
  • Any other aspects within part 2 of the Bill.
  • On the element of part 1, as it relates to the RACCE Committee’s remit, that places a duty on stakeholders in respect of sustainable economic growth.
  • The Committee intends to take evidence in May and June and to report to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee as the lead committee by 28 June 2013.

How to submit written evidence

You may wish to respond to any or all of the points above. Evidence should be reasonably brief and typewritten in Word format (normally no more than 4-6 sides of A4 in total).

The deadline for receipt of written submissions is Monday 20 May 2013. Owing to the timescale normally required for the processing and analysis of evidence, late submissions will only be accepted with the advance agreement of the clerk.

The Committee prefers to receive written submissions electronically. These should be sent to:

racce.committee@scottish.parliament.uk

You may also send a hard copy of written submissions to:

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
Scottish Parliament
Room T3.40
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

We welcome written evidence in any language.

Policy for Handling Written Evidence

Before you submit your written evidence, please ensure that you have read our policy on treatment of written evidence received by subject and mandatory committees (pdf 15kb). Written submissions will be handled in accordance with this policy.

Contact

For details about the RACCE Committee’s work on the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill please contact Alison Wilson, Assistant Clerk, 0131 348 5242.

You can follow the Committee twitter @SP_RuralClimate.