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Chamber and committees

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Meeting date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Agenda: Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Procedure


Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure

Under agenda item 3, we are considering two instruments, on which no points have been raised.

Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) (Amendment) Order 2023 [Draft]

Does anyone have any comments to make on the instruments?

Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire) (Con)

In relation to the second instrument, on short-term lets, I want to put it on record that, although I will support it and I recognise that the six-month extension will make a big difference to a number of individuals, it will not solve all the problems. The need for the instrument could have been avoided if concerns that were raised by the Short Term Accommodation Association and other industry stakeholders had been taken into account when the licensing scheme was first proposed. I therefore think that the delays and challenges that we are now seeing were entirely predictable, and that the Scottish Government needs to refocus its efforts on rebuilding relationships with stakeholders.

The Deputy Convener

Okay. A note has been taken of that.

As there are no further comments on the two instruments, is the committee content with them?

Members indicated agreement.