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Scottish Parliament: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Mar 2016)

Nigel Don: I am, of course, the aforementioned convener of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee, which welcomes the amendments as a response to its concerns. Section 66 contains a revised power allowing the Scottish ministers to make regulations for or in connection with a licensing scheme for funeral directors’ businesses. That power was subject to the affirmative procedure. Given the extent...

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Mar 2016)

Nigel Don: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill, although, as I say that, it occurs to me that I may be one of a rare breed who would be interested in speaking on the topic. This is a rare example of a consolidation bill. The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee first had to decide whether consolidation was appropriate; then it had to consider whether the...

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Mar 2016)

Nigel Don: I hesitate to say that anything is “entirely flawed”, but I will come on to the remit of my committee and what we might do in future, if the member will bear with me. I am grateful to our clerks and legal advisers for their painstaking work. I also recognise and put on record our appreciation of the essential role of Gregor Clark as draftsman for the Scottish Law Commission, and the...

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Mar 2016)

Nigel Don: Certainly, from a member of the committee.

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Mar 2016)

Nigel Don: The member makes a perfectly fair point, which will be explained if anyone cares to look at the Official Report. We had quite a lot of discussions about “forthwith”; we decided that, although it was not a word that one would probably meet in the pub, it was one that we all understood and should not be replaced. Let me return to my point about needing the right people to don the...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Nigel Don: I rise as the convener of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee to pick up on one issue. We very much welcome amendments 34 to 37. We recognise that they will introduce an enhanced form of affirmative procedure for the first introduction of regulations, which the committee was extremely concerned would be achieved. However, we note that despite what the minister has said, the...

Scottish Parliament: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (11 Feb 2016)

Nigel Don: As you say, Presiding Officer, I speak in my capacity as convener of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee. The committee has continuing concerns about the bill and accordingly agreed that I should contribute to the debate. I begin by welcoming the Scottish Government’s willingness to respond to many of the committee’s comments on the bill. The committee raised concerns about the...

Scottish Parliament: Colleges ( 9 Feb 2016)

Nigel Don: I am very grateful to the member for taking an intervention. As a member of the Public Audit Committee, I sat there thinking all the things that he has just mentioned. However, I find myself reflecting on whether boards of such public bodies are in a good place to provide the kind of scrutiny and challenge that they should provide. There were many members of the board of Coatbridge College...

Scottish Parliament: Colleges ( 9 Feb 2016)

Nigel Don: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Colleges ( 9 Feb 2016)

Nigel Don: I am grateful for the cabinet secretary’s comments about governance. Was she as surprised as I was at the very limited powers that OSCR seemed to have to deal with this situation, and is that something that we might change?

Scottish Parliament: Succession (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (28 Jan 2016)

Nigel Don: It is strange for the convener of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee to get on his hind legs for a stage 3 debate, but I want to talk briefly about the processes that were used to examine the amendments, because I think that they are instructive. As the minister has made clear, the matter has come upon us rather suddenly. Just over a week ago, on Tuesday 19 January, officials...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (27 Jan 2016)

Nigel Don: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (27 Jan 2016)

Nigel Don: I wonder what fraction of those whom Mr Macintosh has just mentioned, when they drew up that target, expected fuel prices to increase quite disproportionately over the period.

Scottish Parliament: Public Petitions Process Review (19 Jan 2016)

Nigel Don: I cannot help reflecting that all that I have heard so far suggests that that has been the case in this session. I confirm that exactly the same prevailed in the previous session, when I sat on the committee. I think that that makes Mr Carlaw’s point.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Fiscal Commission Bill: Stage 1 (14 Jan 2016)

Nigel Don: This has been a very interesting debate. I note that the commission’s purpose is to provide independent scrutiny of Government tax forecasts and economic conditions. In passing I will put on my convener’s hat, as I have done before, to note that the ancillary powers and all the other delegated powers in the bill were considered by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee and we had...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Dec 2015)

Nigel Don: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in the debate in my capacity as the convener of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee, which has continuing concerns about the bill. First, I should note that the Government has latterly provided reassurances that amendments will be lodged at stage 2 that will address some of the issues that the committee has highlighted. In particular, the...

Scottish Parliament: Redesigning Primary Care (15 Dec 2015)

Nigel Don: All the Government has to do is provide those people with an opportunity to contribute. Our job is to make sure that they can do so effectively by ensuring that the governance around them is effective. I commend the Scottish Government’s determination to make sure that they can do so.

Scottish Parliament: Redesigning Primary Care (15 Dec 2015)

Nigel Don: I start, as some other members have, by thanking the staff who work in our health service. I speak as someone who represents fairly widely-flung communities throughout Angus North and the Mearns. I am conscious that the staff who work in my local facilities have transport difficulties when everybody else has a transport difficulty and that they, too, suffer health issues. Somehow or other, in...

Scottish Parliament: Defence Review ( 3 Dec 2015)

Nigel Don: 4. To ask the First Minister what the impact on Scotland will be of the recent defence review. (S4F-03105)

Scottish Parliament: Defence Review ( 3 Dec 2015)

Nigel Don: I gather from that response that the First Minister already shares my concerns about the balance in what the UK Government is up to. Does she feel that there is any prospect at all that the UK Government might rebalance to conventional forces, which might actually protect us, rather than preserving the sacred cow called Trident?


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