Minor Standing Order Rule Changes

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 19 June 2013.

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Photo of John Scott John Scott Conservative

The next item of business is consideration of motion S4M-07008, in the name of Dave Thompson, on minor standing order rule changes. I call Dave Thompson to speak to and move the motion on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Photo of Dave Thompson Dave Thompson Scottish National Party

I am sure that members have been waiting all afternoon for this debate.

Members: Hear, hear.

I am pleased to hear that. I will speak for at least half an hour now.

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee is recommending minor changes to the standing orders. The first change removes references to the Public Standards Commissioner for Scotland, the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland and the Commission for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland. The standing orders have been updated to reflect the creation of a new commissioner for ethical standards in public life in Scotland. Members will note the difference between the Commission for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland and the commissioner for ethical standards in public life in Scotland.

The second change is a technical one that deletes a reference in the standing orders that gives effect to a rule in the Scottish parliamentary pensions scheme. The rule has been repealed, so the standing order reference is no longer required.

The motion in my name invites Parliament to note the committee’s fifth report of 2013 and to agree those changes to the standing orders with effect from 1 July 2013.

I move,

That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 5th Report, 2013 (Session 4), Minor Standing Order Rule Changes (SP Paper 346), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in the annexe of the report be made with effect from 1 July 2013.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

The question on the motion will be put at decision time.