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Debates and questions

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 05 November 2019

The agenda for the day:

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Draft Laid for Approval, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure, Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Procedure, Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1.

Decision on Taking Business in Private

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Graham Simpson)

I welcome everyone to the 29th meeting in 2019 of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee.

Under agenda item 1, it is proposed that the committee take item 7 in private. Do members agree to that?

Members indicated agreement.

Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure

Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure

The Convener

Agenda item 2 is consideration of two draft affirmative instruments, on which no points have been raised.

Official Statistics (Scotland) Amendment Order 2019 [Draft]

Public Services Reform (The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman) (Healthcare Whistleblowing) Order 2020 [Draft]

The Convener

The committee previously considered a draft of the healthcare whistleblowing order when it was laid for consultation, which it reported on the general reporting ground. The committee notes that the error that it identified has now been corrected.

Is the committee content with the instruments?

Members indicated agreement.

Draft Laid for Approval

Draft Laid for Approval
Public Services Reform (The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman) (Healthcare Whistleblowing) Order 2020: Statement of Principles [Draft]

The Convener

Agenda item 3 is consideration of a document that has been laid for approval, on which no points have been raised. Is the committee content with the document?

Members indicated agreement.

Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

The Convener

Agenda item 4 is consideration of two negative instruments, on which no points have been raised.

Council Tax Reduction (Scotland) Amendment (No 3) Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/325)

Scottish Dental Practice Board Amendment Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/346)

The Convener

Is the committee content with the instruments?

Members indicated agreement.

Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Procedure

Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Procedure
Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules 1996 Amendment) (Miscellaneous) 2019 (SSI 2019/321)

The Convener

Agenda item 5 is consideration of two instruments that are not subject to any parliamentary procedure, the first of which is SSI 2019/321, on which no points have been raised. Is the committee content with the instrument?

Members indicated agreement.

Homelessness etc (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No 4) Order 2019 (SSI 2019/316 (C 16))

The Convener

On SSI 2019/316, the committee will recall that, following its meeting last week, we wrote to the Scottish Government to seek further information on the delay in bringing into force sections 4 and 8 of the Homelessness etc (Scotland) Act 2003. Members will have seen the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning’s response, which provides additional detail on the reasons for that delay.

I have a few questions to put. First, is the committee content with the response?

Members indicated agreement.

The Convener

Is the committee content with the instrument?

Members indicated agreement.

The Convener

Are members content to make the lead committee aware of the response?

Members indicated agreement.

Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1
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The Convener

Agenda item 6 is consideration of a response from the Scottish Government to its stage 1 report on the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill, in which the committee made a series of recommendations in relation to delegated powers in the bill. In its response, the Scottish Government indicates its intention to lodge amendments at stage 2 to address, in whole or in part, a number of the committee’s concerns.

Does the committee wish to note the Scottish Government’s response?

Members indicated agreement.

10:03 Meeting continued in private until 10:19.