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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Nigel Don Eileen Stuart said that there was some management shooting ahead of the season. Could we adapt the season so that we do not have to pay people to do what they would otherwise pay for the privilege of doing?

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Nigel Don (Angus North and Mearns) (SNP) You have taken me for the most part to where I was hoping that you would take me. Are we seeing trends—I think that we are—that suggest that this is a global issue? The Scottish Government has territorial responsibility, but the birds are responding to global weather patterns. Therefore, the Scottis...
Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Nigel Don The minister will recognise, as I do, that musical skills are not the only aspect of instrumental skills, which also bring some very real social benefits.

It seems that local authorities continue to find musical instrument tuition to be an easy budget to prune. I recognise their financial...
Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Nigel Don (Angus North and Mearns) (SNP) As the convener of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee, I am delighted that the Government has responded to our suggestion.

Amendment 35 agreed to.

Section 82—Subordinate legislation

Amendments 67, 68 and 69 not moved.

Amendment 70 moved—[Drew...
Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Nigel Don (Angus North and Mearns) (SNP)

10. To ask the Scottish Government what importance it attaches to musical instrument tuition in schools. (S4O-03410)

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 24 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 24, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
The Convener With that, is the committee content with amendment 61, in so far as it relates to the committee’s remit?

Members indicated agreement.

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 24 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 24, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
The Convener The committee may wish to note that the Scottish Government has undertaken to draw up amending regulations to correct the error. As the error is significant, the committee may wish to suggest that they be brought forward promptly. Do members agree to do that?

Members indicated agreement. ...
Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 24 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 24, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
The Convener (Nigel Don) I welcome members to the 22nd meeting in 2014 of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee and, as always, ask members to switch off mobile phones.

Agenda item 1 is consideration of two instruments that are subject to affirmative procedure. No points have been raised by our legal advi...
Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 24 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 24, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
The Convener Agenda item 6 is consideration of the Scottish Government’s response to the committee’s stage 1 report on the bill. Members have seen the briefing paper, the Scottish Government’s response, and a letter from the Lord Advocate, which he penned yesterday, concerning publication of the Lord Advocate’s ...
Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 24 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 24, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
The Convener The drafting of regulation 9(3)(b) appears to be defective. Regulation 9(2) provides for pension contribution rates that are referred to in a table that shows bands, earnings range figures and contribution rates. Regulation 9(3)(b) provides that the earnings figures that are set out in that table ar...
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