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Debates and questions

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 15 September 2020

The agenda for the day:

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instrument subject to Made Affirmative Procedure, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure, Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure.

Decision on Taking Business in Private

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Bill Bowman)

Good afternoon. I welcome everyone to the 28th meeting in 2020 of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee.

Under agenda item 1, it is proposed that the committee takes items 6, 7, 8 and 9 in private, as those items involve consideration of reports that will be published when they have been agreed.

Does the committee agree to take items 6 to 9 in private?

Members indicated agreement.

Instrument subject to Made Affirmative Procedure

Instrument subject to Made Affirmative Procedure
Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No 13) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/274)

The Convener

Agenda item 2 is consideration of an instrument that is subject to the made affirmative procedure, on which no points have been raised. Is the committee content with the instrument?

Members indicated agreement.

Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure

Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure

The Convener

Agenda item 3 is consideration of two draft affirmative instruments, on which no points have been raised.

First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Social Security Chamber (Procedure and Composition) Amendment Regulations 2020 [Draft]

Scottish Child Payment Regulations 2020 [Draft]

The Convener

Is the committee content with the instruments?

Members indicated agreement.

Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

Instruments subject to Negative Procedure
Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Amendment (Coronavirus) Order 2020 (SSI 2020/268)

The Convener

The first instrument for consideration under agenda item 4 is SSI 2020/268. Members will recall that the committee deferred consideration of the instrument at its most recent meeting, following its receipt of a submission from Shelter Scotland.

Shelter Scotland’s briefing raises a number of concerns relating to the drafting of the instrument. As members know, the committee’s primary role is to ensure that changes to the law that are within the scope of the powers that the Parliament has delegated to the Scottish ministers are drafted appropriately and are clear to the user. I therefore welcome the points that Shelter Scotland has raised.

Although it is clear that Shelter Scotland has significant concerns about the policy intention and drafting of the instrument, our legal advisers consider that, on Shelter Scotland’s specific drafting points, the instrument achieves the policy intention that is outlined by the Scottish Government in the policy note that accompanies the instrument. Notwithstanding that, those policy choices will be of interest to the Local Government and Communities Committee, which is the lead committee for consideration of the instrument.

Members will be aware that a submission has also been received from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, which focuses on the background to the instrument. COSLA’s submission might also be of interest to the lead committee.

Is the committee content to recommend that the instrument should not be drawn to the attention of the Parliament on any reporting grounds, but to highlight the submissions that it has received from Shelter Scotland and COSLA to the lead committee?

Members indicated agreement.

The Convener

No points have been raised on the three other negative instruments on our agenda.

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Reverse Vending Machines) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 (SSI 2020/269)

Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 (Eviction from Dwelling-houses) (Notice Periods) Modification Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/270)

Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/275)

The Convener

Is the committee content with the instruments?

Members indicated agreement.

Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure

Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure
Scottish National Investment Bank Act 2020 (Commencement) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/272 (C 22))

The Convener

Agenda item 5 is consideration of an instrument that is not subject to any parliamentary procedure and on which no points have been raised. Is the committee content with the instrument?

Members indicated agreement.

12:03 Meeting continued in private until 12:30.