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Debates and questions

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 21 November 2017

The agenda for the day:

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Draft Instrument laid for Consultation, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure, Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure, Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill.

Decision on Taking Business in Private

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Graham Simpson)

I welcome members to the 32nd meeting in 2017 of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee. I have received apologies from Monica Lennon.

Item 1 is a decision on taking business in private. It is proposed that we take item 6 in private. That item is consideration of the committee’s response to the proposed draft Police Act 1997 and Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 Remedial Order 2018. Does the committee agree to take that item in private?

Members indicated agreement.

Draft Instrument laid for Consultation

Draft Instrument laid for Consultation
Public Services Reform (Poverty and Inequality Commission) (Scotland) Order 2018 [Draft]

The Convener

Item 2 is consideration of a draft instrument laid before the Parliament for consultation. No points have been raised by our legal advisers on the draft Public Services Reform (Poverty and Inequality Commission) (Scotland) Order 2018 or the explanatory document. Is the committee content with the instrument?

Members indicated agreement.

Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

The Convener

No points have been raised by our legal advisers on the following instruments.

Seed (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (SSI 2017/384)

Water Environment (Miscellaneous) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (SSI 2017/389)

Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2017 (SSI 2017/393)

First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Health and Education Chamber and General Regulatory Chamber Charity Appeals (Procedure) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017 (SSI 2017/398)

The Convener

Is the committee content with the instruments?

Members indicated agreement.

Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure

Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure

The Convener

No points have been raised by our legal advisers on the following instrument.

Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc Rules Amendment) (Illegal Working Orders) 2017 (SSI 2017/386)

The Convener

Is the committee content with the instrument?

Members indicated agreement.

Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill

Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill

The Convener

Item 5 is consideration of the Scottish Government’s response to the committee’s stage 1 report on the delegated powers in the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill. The Government’s response is set out in the paper that we have before us. The Government has not agreed to the committee’s recommendations. Do members have any comments?

Stuart McMillan (Greenock and Inverclyde) (SNP)

It would be useful to write to the Government once again, asking it to reconsider some of the comments in the letter. Our report was quite measured, and I think that that would be a positive way forward.

Alison Harris (Central Scotland) (Con)

I agree.

The Convener

We will write to the Government, asking it to reflect further. We can return to the matter after stage 2. Is that agreed?

Members indicated agreement.

09:03 Meeting continued in private until 09:03.