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Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener (Margaret McCulloch)

Welcome to the 19th meeting in 2014 of the Equal Opportunities Committee. I ask everyone to switch their electronic devices to flight mode or turn them off altogether.

I will start with introductions. We are supported at the table by the clerking and research staff, official reporters and broadcasting services, and around the room by the security office. I also welcome the observers in the public gallery.

I am the committee convener. I ask members to introduce themselves in turn.



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener

Thank you very much.

Moving to agenda item 1, I seek the committee’s agreement to take in private item 7, which is consideration of our approach to our report on the draft budget 2015-2016. Are we agreed?

Members indicated agreement.



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener

For agenda item 2, I seek the committee’s agreement to take in private at future meetings consideration of our approach to an inquiry on age and social isolation. Are we agreed?

Members indicated agreement.



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener

Agenda item 3 is an evidence-taking session with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on two Scottish statutory instruments.

As the instruments have been laid under the affirmative procedure, the Parliament must approve them before the provisions can come into force. Following the evidence session, the committee will be invited to consider motions to approve the instruments under agenda item 4.

I welcome to the meeting the cabinet secretary and his officials. I invite them to introduce themselves, and I invite the cabinet secretary to make some opening remarks.



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener

I will move on to the civil partnership marriage fee. The regulations state that there will be a £30 fee payable to change a civil partnership to marriage and a £10 fee for each requested marriage certificate. However, for those in civil partnerships that were registered before 16 December, when same-sex marriage was not available, there will be only a £10 charge for each extract from the marriage register and certificate provided.

The Scottish Government says that there are around 5,500 civil partnerships registered in Scotland. If 5,000 of those were to be changed to a marriage in the first year, the cost would be approximately £150,000. What plans does the Scottish Government have to reimburse the local authorities for those costs?



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener

That is great. I see that members have no more questions.

Moving to item 4, the committee will formally consider and recommend approval of motions S4M-11569 and S4M-11570.

Motions moved,

That the Equal Opportunities Committee recommends that the Marriage Between Civil Partners (Procedure for Change and Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 [draft] be approved.

That the Equal Opportunities Committee recommends that Marriage (Same Sex Couples) (Jurisdiction and Recognition of Judgments) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 [draft] be approved.—[Alex Neil.]



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener

I invite members to ask any questions.



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener

Thank you.

Motions agreed to.



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener

That concludes our consideration of those affirmative instruments, and we will report the outcome to Parliament. I thank the cabinet secretary and others for their participation.

I suspend the meeting briefly.

09:50 Meeting suspended.  09:51 On resuming—  

Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener

Agenda item 5 is consideration of a negative instrument.

This instrument brings into force the remaining provisions of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014, with the exception of provisions relating to religious and relief bodies, satisfying qualifying requirements that are set out in regulations and provisions that increase certain notice periods from 14 days to 28 days. The order also makes transitional and savings provisions and revokes some regulations that no longer have effect.

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee determined that it did not need to draw the instrument to the attention of Parliament. This committee will now consider any issues that it wishes to raise in reporting to Parliament on the instrument. Members should note that no motions to annul have been received.

As no members wish to make any comments, is the committee agreed that it does not wish to make any recommendations in relation to the instrument?

Members indicated agreement.

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YesCarried

S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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NoCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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NoDefeated

S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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YesCarried

S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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YesDefeated

S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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NoCarried

S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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NoDefeated

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Motion S4M-11557: Margaret McCulloch, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11478: Margaret McCulloch, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10178: Margaret McCulloch, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10165: Margaret McCulloch, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09923: Margaret McCulloch, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09631: Margaret McCulloch, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09053: Margaret McCulloch, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08594: Margaret McCulloch, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08138: Margaret McCulloch, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 31/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07558: Margaret McCulloch, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/08/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03450: Margaret McCulloch, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
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