Clause 2 - Regulations: Parliamentary procedure and public notice

London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Amendment) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:00 am on 19 May 2011.

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Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport and the Olympics) 9:00, 19 May 2011

I beg to move amendment 1, in clause 2, page 7, line 5, at end insert—

‘( ) In section 37 of that Act (Scotland), in subsection (8)(b), after “references”, in the first place it appears, insert “(other than in sections 20 and 26)”.

( ) After subsection (9) of that section insert—

“(9A) Sections 20 and 26 are to have effect as if, in each case—

(a) subsection (2) were omitted, and

(b) for subsections (2A) and (2B) there were substituted—

(2A) The first regulations under that section are subject to the affirmative procedure.

(2B) Subsequent regulations under that section are subject to the negative procedure.”’.

May I welcome you to the Chair, Mr Amess? May I also thank all members of the Committee for their participation in Tuesday’s session? It is sometimes easy to be cynical about changes to Parliamentary procedure, but that was the first time I have been through that procedure on a Bill. I hope everybody else found it as useful as I did. The opportunity to talk directly to the experts who lie behind what is quite a technical Bill was a very good innovation, and I am grateful to everyone for their constructive and helpful contributions.

This is a technical amendment that takes account of changes to the procedure for making Scottish statutory instruments in the Scottish Parliament. Identical amendments are being tabled to a series of Acts that are going through Parliament at the moment. For those of a technical bent, part 2 of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, which is a Scottish parliamentary Act, came into force on 6 April 2011, which explains why the amendment is necessary. The 2010 Act includes provisions on the making of Scottish statutory instruments, and as a direct consequence of those changes, Westminster Acts passed after that date have to make specific provision, where appropriate, for the new measures.

The London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 gives Scottish Ministers the power to make advertising and trading regulations, and clause 2 amends the Parliamentary procedure for making these regulations. Accordingly, the Government amendment ensures that the Bill will reflect the changes for making Scottish statutory instruments in the Scottish Parliament.

Amendment 1 agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.