46th Report, 2015 (Session 4): British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2

SP Paper 778 (Web)

Contents

Introduction
Delegated Powers Provisions

Remit and membership

Remit:

1. The remit of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee is to consider and report on—

(a) any—

(i) subordinate legislation laid before the Parliament or requiring the consent of the Parliament under section 9 of the Public Bodies Act 2011;

(ii) [deleted]

(iii) pension or grants motion as described in Rule 8.11A.1; and, in particular, to determine whether the attention of the Parliament should be drawn to any of the matters mentioned in Rule 10.3.1;

(b) proposed powers to make subordinate legislation in particular Bills or other proposed legislation;

(c) general questions relating to powers to make subordinate legislation;

(d) whether any proposed delegated powers in particular Bills or other legislation should be expressed as a power to make subordinate legislation;

(e) any failure to lay an instrument in accordance with section 28(2), 30(2) or 31 of the 2010 Act; and

(f) proposed changes to the procedure to which subordinate legislation laid before the Parliament is subject.

(g) any Scottish Law Commission Bill as defined in Rule 9.17A.1; and

(h) any draft proposal for a Scottish Law Commission Bill as defined in that Rule.

Membership:

Nigel Don (Convener)
John Mason (Deputy Convener)
Margaret McCulloch
John Scott
Stewart Stevenson

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2

Introduction

1. At its meeting on 1 September 2015 the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee considered the delegated powers provisions in the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (“the Bill”)1 . The Committee submits this report to the Parliament under Rule 9.7.9 of Standing Orders.

2. The Bill was introduced by Mark Griffin MSP on 29 October 2014. The Bill provides for the promotion of the sign language known as British Sign Language “BSL”, by means of plans. These plans are to take the form of a BSL National Plan for Scotland (a ‘National Plan’) prepared by the Scottish Ministers and BSL Plans (‘Authority Plans’) prepared by relevant public authorities. The plans are to be published, following consultation.

3. The Member in Charge of the Bill has provided the Parliament with a supplementary memorandum on the delegated powers provisions in the Bill, in advance of Stage 3 proceedings (“the SDPM”)2.

4. The Committee reported on certain matters in relation to the delegated powers provisions in the Bill at Stage 1 in its 21st report of 2015.

Delegated Powers Provisions

4. The Committee considered the new and substantially altered delegated powers provisions in the Bill after Stage 2.

5. After Stage 2, the Committee reports that it does not need to draw the attention of the Parliament to the removal at Stage 2 of the delegated powers provision listed below:

  • Section 7(1) – Alteration of date of publication of plan or review in exceptional circumstances

6. The Committee also reports that it does not need to draw the attention of the Parliament to the substantially amended delegated powers provision listed below, and that it is content with the Parliamentary procedure to which it is subject:

  • Section 8(3) – modification of schedule 2 list of public authorities

7. The Committee is content with the delegated powers in the Bill as amended at Stage 2.


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Footnotes:

1 The British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 Is available at the following website: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_Bills/British%20Sign%20Language%20(Scotland)%20Bill/b55as4-stage2-amend-rev.pdf [Accessed September 2015]

2 The Supplementary Delegated Powers Memorandum to the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 is available at the following website: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_Bills/Succession%20(Scotland)%20Bill/Supplementary_Delegated_Powers_Memorandum.pdf [Accessed September 2015]

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