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Debates and questions

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 03 November 2020

The agenda for the day:

Temporary Convener, Decision on Taking Business in Private, European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018: Instrument Category, Instrument subject to Made Affirmative Procedure, Instrument subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instrument subject to Negative Procedure.

Temporary Convener

Temporary Convener

Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

I welcome everyone to the meeting. We have received apologies from the convener and the deputy convener. It might be a surprise to many to learn that I am the oldest member of the committee—I hope that that is not disputed; if it is, I might need to demit the chair. As such, it is my role to be in the chair for the committee to appoint a temporary convener.

Are members content for me to act as temporary convener for today’s meeting?

Members indicated agreement.

The Temporary Convener (Gil Paterson)

Thank you very much.

Decision on Taking Business in Private

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Temporary Convener

I welcome everyone to the 33rd meeting in 2020 of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee. Oliver Mundell, who is in the room with me, and Tom Arthur have kindly joined the meeting as substitute members.

Under this agenda item, it is proposed that the committee takes items 6 and 7 in private. Does the committee agree to do so?

Members indicated agreement.

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018: Instrument Category

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018: Instrument Category
Insolvency (Amendment) (EU Exit) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/337)

The Temporary Convener

The next agenda item is consideration of SSI 2020/337, which has been laid under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. The committee is considering the instrument under the Scottish statutory instrument protocol; more specifically, it must consider how it has been categorised by the Scottish Government.

The instrument’s purpose is to amend the savings provision in regulation 9 of the Insolvency (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/94). Those regulations, which are not yet in force, address failures of the law to operate effectively and other deficiencies in devolved legislation on cross-border insolvencies that arise from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

The instrument has been categorised by the Scottish Government as being of low significance, which our advisers agree is appropriate. Does the committee wish to recommend that the instrument should be categorised as being of low significance?

Members indicated agreement.

Instrument subject to Made Affirmative Procedure

Instrument subject to Made Affirmative Procedure
Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No 19) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/330)

The Temporary Convener

The next agenda item 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.

Instrument subject to Affirmative Procedure

Instrument subject to Affirmative Procedure
Scottish Parliament (Elections etc) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2020 [Draft]

The Temporary Convener

The next agenda item is consideration of a draft affirmative instrument, on which no points have been raised. Is the committee content with the instrument?

Members indicated agreement.

Instrument subject to Negative Procedure

Instrument subject to Negative Procedure
Insolvency (Amendment) (EU Exit) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/337)

The Temporary Convener

The final agenda item is consideration of a negative instrument, on which no points have been raised. Is the committee content with the instrument?

Members indicated agreement.

12:04 Meeting continued in private.