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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 23 March 2021

Agenda: Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Covid-19 (Reflections and Next Steps), Topical Question Time, Motion of No Confidence, European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill, Business Motion, Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Motion Without Notice, Decision Time, Churches (Support During Lockdown)


Parliamentary Bureau Motion

The Presiding Officer (Ken Macintosh)

The next item of business is consideration of Parliamentary Bureau motion S5M-24453, on approval of a Scottish statutory instrument. Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau will speak to and move the motion.

The Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans (Graeme Dey)

I am sure that members will miss this decision time highlight as much as I will.

For the final time in this parliamentary session: the regulations remove provisions relating to festive gatherings, as they have now served their purpose. The provisions regarding end-of-term households are adjusted so that they remain fit for purpose. The regulations remove the requirement for child contact centres to close in level 4 areas. They adjust the definition of professional sportsperson and ease the restrictions on libraries to ensure that they can open. Finally, the regulations extend the expiry date of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) Scotland Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/344) and the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Directions by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/262) to 30 September 2021. The regulations came into force on 5 March 2021.

I move,

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/117) be approved.

The Presiding Officer

The question on the SSI will be put at decision time.