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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 25 January 2022

Agenda: Instrument subject to Made Affirmative Procedure, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure


Contents


Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

Under our second and final agenda item, we are considering five instruments. An issue has been raised on the following instrument.


Private Storage Aid Scheme (Pigmeat) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/492)

This Scottish statutory instrument amends the principal regulations to add into the scheme further cuts of pigmeat for which aid may be granted. It also amends the closing date for applications, from 28 February to 31 March 2022.

Under section 28(2) of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, instruments subject to the negative procedure are required to be laid at least 28 days before they come into force, not counting recess periods of more than four days.

In correspondence with the committee, the Scottish Government explained that it considered that it was necessary for the amendments to come into force on 15 January 2022—rather than at a later date to enable compliance with the 28-day rule—in order to maximise the benefit of the scheme to the industry. That was to avoid delays in applications to the scheme and the consequent backlog of pigs on farms.

Does the committee wish to draw the instrument to the attention of the Parliament on reporting ground (j), in relation to the failure to lay the instrument in accordance with laying requirements under the 2010 act?

No member has indicated that they are not content or that they wish to speak, so we are agreed.

At the same time, is the committee content with the explanation that the Scottish Government has provided for the breach of the laying requirement?

No member has indicated that they are not content or that they wish to speak, so we are agreed.

Finally, no points have been raised on the following instruments.


Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2022 (SSI 2022/9)

Is the committee content with the instruments?

No member has indicated that they are not content or that they wish to speak, so we are agreed.

The next meeting of the committee will take place on Tuesday 1 February 2022.

Meeting closed at 10:03.