Scottish Government Debate: Climate Emergency: Ambition and Action
Màiri McAllan (S6M-10597)
That the Parliament reaffirms its commitment to tackling the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss; welcomes the action taken by people, communities, workers, businesses and local and national government to take Scotland half way to net zero, but recognises that the hardest part of the journey lies ahead; acknowledges the necessity of ambition, leadership and consistency on that journey and that, given the limits of devolution, all nations of the UK must work in partnership to complete the journey; deeply regrets, therefore, the unilateral reversal of policies set out by the UK Government on 20 September 2023; urges the UK Government to listen to overwhelming feedback and rethink what is an unforgivable betrayal of current and future generations, and calls for a new, mutually respectful four-nations partnership in meeting one of the most significant challenges facing people and the planet in this century.
As an amendment to motion S6M-10597 in the name of Màiri McAllan (Climate Emergency: Ambition and Action), leave out from “ambition” to end and insert “practical consideration, international co-operation, fairness to consumers and consistent achievement of targets to realistically fulfil net zero and biodiversity ambitions; recognises that policies aimed at reaching net zero goals must be affordable and should not impose expensive costs on households and businesses; welcomes, therefore, the new net zero policy announcements from the UK Government, which provide extensive household upgrade support with more scope for consumer freedom, bring the UK petrol and diesel car sales timelines in line with the European Union’s and demonstrate a commitment to realistic achievement of ambitious environmental goals without alienating households, and deeply regrets the Scottish Government’s hostility to these announcements, which only makes tackling climate change and biodiversity loss a more divisive issue.”
As an amendment to motion S6M-10597 in the name of Màiri McAllan (Climate Emergency: Ambition and Action), insert at end “; acknowledges that setting ambitious targets is only part of the job, and that action must be taken to meet those targets; believes that the Scottish Government is not utilising all the powers that it already has to the benefit of tackling the climate crisis, and regrets, therefore, the Scottish Government repeatedly missing its own targets and underspending in its climate and net zero budgets.”
As an amendment to motion S6M-10597 in the name of Màiri McAllan (Climate Emergency: Ambition and Action), insert at end “; believes that the Scottish Government must launch an emergency national insulation programme to reduce emissions and help households with the cost of living crisis; agrees that, just as collaboration with the UK Government and other devolved governments is required, far greater partnership is also essential between the Scottish Government and local authorities, in light of the Climate Change Committee reporting in December 2022 regarding a lack of a coordinated approach, local powers and funding, and believes that continued systematic underfunding of local authorities will hold back their efforts to reduce emissions.”
Members' Business — S6M-10491 Keith Brown: Devolution of Employment Law
Keith Brown (S6M-10491)
That the Parliament considers that anti-trade union legislation, such as the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2022, and the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023, poses a significant risk to workers’ rights, including in the Clackmannanshire and Dunblane constituency; believes that a progressive approach to industrial relations along with greater, not fewer, protections for workers is at the heart of a fairer and stronger economy; further believes that trade unions are key social partners in delivering economic and social aspiration, and that they are vital for ensuring that the voices of workers are heard; welcomes that the TUC has recently backed a motion calling for the devolution of employment law to Scotland and a repeal of all current anti-trade union legislation; considers that devolution of employment law is supported by the majority of current MSPs; notes the calls on the UK Government not to further erode what it sees as the hard-won rights of workers; further notes its commitment to working in partnership to entrench and build on these rights, and notes the calls for employment law to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament immediately.
1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments— National Health Service Pension Schemes (Remediable Service) (Scotland) Regulations 2023Sports Grounds and Sporting Events (Designation) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2023
For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, Alex Bruce on 85229 or at [email protected]
Colin Smith, Chief Executive, Scottish Wholesale Association
3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland (Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2023 [draft] from—
Lorna Slater, Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, Scottish Government
Ailsa Heine, Solicitor, Scottish Government
David McPhee, Deputy Director, Deposit Return Scheme, Scottish Government
Haydn Thomas, Head of Deposit Return Scheme Unit, Scottish Government
4. Subordinate legislation: Lorna Slater (Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity) to move—S6M-09842—That the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee recommends that the Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland (Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2023 [draft] be approved.
5. Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the evidence it heard earlier under agenda item 2 and its approach to future evidence and engagement.
6. Scotland's Deposit Return Scheme: The Committee will consider the evidence it heard earlier under agenda item 3.
7. Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider its approach to the second supplementary legislative consent memorandum (LCM-S6-26b) lodged by Neil Gray (Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy).
For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, Peter McGrath on 0131 348 6039 or at [email protected]
1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.
2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument— Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc. Rules 1999 and Taxation of Judicial Expenses Rules 2019 Amendment (Telecommunications Infrastructure) 2023
3. Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2024-25: The Committee will take evidence as part of its Pre-Budget Scrutiny from—
Danny Boyle, Senior Parliamentary and Policy Officer, BEMIS
Alexis Camble, Policy Manager, COSLA
Allan Faulds, Senior Policy Officer, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)
Mirren Kelly, Chief Officer, Local Government Finance, COSLA
Heather Williams, Training Lead, Scottish Women's Budget Group
4. Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2024-25: The Committee will consider the evidence it heard under agenda item 3.
5. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Scottish Government's Bill Team.
6. Asylum Seekers in Scotland (in private): The Committee will continue its consideration of a draft report.
For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, Katrina Venters on 86244 or at [email protected]
1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6, 7, 8 and 9 in private.
2. Evidence session with the Minister for Parliamentary Business The Committee will take evidence from—
George Adam, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Scottish Government
Steven Macgregor, Head of Parliament and Legislation Unit, Scottish Government
Rachel Rayner, Deputy Legislation Co-ordinator, Scottish Government Legal Directorate , Scottish Government
Greig Walker, Retained EU Law Act Management Lead, Scottish Government
3. Instruments subject to affirmative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—Legal Aid and Advice and Assistance (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) (No. 4) Regulations 2023 (SSI 2023/Draft)Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 Amendment Regulations 2023 (SSI 2023/Draft)Carer’s Assistance (Carer Support Payment) (Scotland) Regulations 2023 (SSI 2023/Draft)International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2023 (SSI 2023/Draft)Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Act 2022 (Extension and Expiry of Temporary Justice Measures) Regulations 2023 (SSI 2023/Draft)Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2023 (SI 2023/Draft)
4. Instruments subject to negative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (North Ayrshire Council) Designation Order 2023 (SSI 2023/249)Carer’s Assistance (Carer Support Payment) (Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments and Transitional Provision) (Scotland) Regulations 2023 (SSI 2023/258)Health and Care Professions Council (Miscellaneous Amendment) Rules Order of Council 2023 (SI 2023/995)
5. Instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Act 2023 (Commencement) Regulations 2023 (SSI 2023/262(C.21))
6. Welfare of Dogs (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.
7. Economic Activities of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation within devolved competence conferred on UK Ministers in the Bill.
8. Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the supplementary legislative consent memorandum on the Bill.
9. Evidence session with the Minister for Parliamentary Business: The Committee will consider the evidence it heard earlier in the meeting.