This group of technical amendments is designed to ensure that, where the Bill refers to secondary legislation to be made by Scottish Ministers, the language used is consistent with the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010. The amendments do not make any changes to the policy underlying the Bill. I hope that the Committee will support these technical amendments.
Amendments made: 10, in clause 36, page 23, line 22, leave out paragraph (b).
Amendment 11, in clause 36, page 23, line 23, after ‘33’ insert ‘(2)’.
Amendment 12, in clause 36, page 23, line 29, leave out subsection (6) and insert—
‘(6) Regulations under section 10(2), 14(7) or (8) or 15(4) are subject to the negative procedure.’.
Amendment 13, in clause 36, page 23, line 30, at end insert—
‘(6A) Regulations under section 33(5A) are subject to the affirmative procedure.’.—(Gregory Barker.)
‘(8A) Before amending under section 9 a provision of the Building Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/2214), the Secretary of State must, if and so far as the function under which the provision was made is exercisable by the Welsh Ministers, obtain their consent.’.
The amendment requires the Secretary of State to obtain the consent of Welsh Ministers before making amendments to the Building Regulations 2010 using the powers contained in clause 9, relating to the confirmation of the green deal plan and disclosure. The requirement reflects the fact that, from the end of this year, certain functions in this area will be transferred to Welsh Ministers. The requirement to obtain consent applies only to amendments that extend to Wales and does not apply to amendments that are purely incidental or consequential. I hope that the Committee will support this group of amendments.
I rise briefly simply to say the words that everyone has been waiting for all day: pwy sydd yn siarad ar gyfer Cymru—who speaks for Wales? I am speaking for Wales at this moment, and I have translated, in accordance with the rules for Hansard.
The amendment is welcome, but I ask for an assurance from the Minister. A number of initiatives in the Bill are significant to Wales but, equally, a number of Welsh Assembly Government programmes, such as the Arbed and Nyth programmes, deal with similar areas. I want to ensure serious interaction and that Welsh Ministers are consulted on such initiatives at all stages, including on secondary legislation and any regulations inspired by them. The Ministers should have full access to data about the uptake of the clause, the green deal generally and the ECO in Wales, because it will help them effectively target their own programmes alongside the green deal.