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Chamber and committees

Economy and Fair Work Committee


Scottish Government UK SI consent notification

Letter from the Scottish Government to the Clerk - 3 September 2021

Dear Ms Peat,

The Recognition of Professional Qualifications (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021

In the immediate run up to and during the pre-election recess period it was agreed with Parliamentary officials that if Scottish Ministers were asked to consent to UK SIs containing devolved provision during this period that initially the UK Government would be asked to delay the SI until after the election. This was in order that the SI could be notified to the relevant committee of the Parliament as set out in the protocol between the Parliament and the Scottish Government. It was however recognised that there may be a few urgent cases where Scottish Ministers would have to consider consenting to an SI while Parliament was in recess.

I must apologise for the late arrival of this notification, the policy lead as been under intense pressure and was only recently able to turn his attention to this notification. There were four SIs, including the one above, that fell into this category. It was agreed that PLU would hold the relevant SI notification and forward this to the relevant committee when it was established after the Scottish election. I therefore belatedly attach the notification for the above SI which Scottish Ministers consented to on 18 March. The instrument was laid on the 13 May 2021 and is available at, https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/574/contents/made.

Yours sincerely

Gordon Johnstone