Section 67 — Fees

Part of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 10:30 am on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord James Selkirk Lord James Selkirk Conservative 10:30 am, 8th March 2007

These matters will, after consultation, come up in regulations in the next session of Parliament. In view of what has been said, I will not press amendment 36. However, on account of the significance of the secondary legislation that will come in due course, I see the issue of affirmative resolution in a very different light. I accept the minister's suggestion that Governments often oppose affirmative resolutions and that Oppositions invariably support them—there is an element of truth in that. However, it is the context that makes the affirmative procedure so important in this case because it could, if we are not extremely careful, lead to far-reaching decisions, which could impact adversely on the voluntary sector. It is not just inflation issues that arise out of the consultation and the decisions that are to be made in that secondary legislation—as Ken Macintosh inferred, those issues will be covered—but policy matters. Affirmative resolution would be a valuable safeguard in that context and it would be of great importance to voluntary groups. For that reason, I will press amendment 37 on the affirmative resolution for adjusting fees.

Amendment 36, by agreement, withdrawn.

Amendment 14 moved—[Robert Brown]—and agreed to.