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LGC/S3/11/6/M

6th Meeting, 2011 (Session 3)

Wednesday 23 February 2011

Present:

Bob Doris (Deputy Convener) Patricia Ferguson
Alex Johnstone Duncan McNeil (Convener)
Alasdair Morgan Mary Mulligan
Jim Tolson John Wilson

Also present: Ted Brocklebank MSP; David McLetchie MSP; Pauline McNeill MSP

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Local Government Overview Report: The Committee took evidence from—

John Baillie, Chair, Accounts Commission;

Fraser McKinlay, Controller of Audit, and Gordon Smail, Portfolio Manager (Local Government), Audit Scotland.

2. Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 32, 33.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division):

29 (For 1, Against 7, Abstentions 0)

4 (For 3, Against 5, Abstentions 0)

30 (For 3, Against 5, Abstentions 0)

31 (For 3, Against 5, Abstentions 0)

27 (For 3, Against 5, Abstentions 0)

6 (For 0, Against 8, Abstentions 0)

Amendments 28, 5, and 23 were moved and, with the agreement of the Committee, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 1, 2, 3, 24, 25, 26.

Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, the schedule, sections 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34 and 35 and the long title were agreed to without amendment.

Sections 6, 17, 18, 25, 27 and 31 were agreed to as amended.

The Committee completed Stage 2 consideration of the Bill.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee took evidence on the draft Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 from—

Alex Neil MSP, Minister for Housing and Communities, Stephen White, Head of Consumers in Private Housing, Denise Holmes, Policy Officer, Consumers in Private Housing, and Stephanie Virlogeux, Solicitor, Communities and Education, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Alex Neil MSP (Minister for Housing and Communities) moved S3M-7781—

That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following negative instruments—

the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 (Prescribed Form of Notice) Order 2011 (SSI2011/39);

the Home Energy Assistance Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SSI2011/56);

the Local Authority Accounts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SSI2011/64).

The Committee agreed that it did not wish to make any recommendations on the instruments.

The meeting closed at 12.47 pm.

Susan Duffy
Clerk to the Local Government and Communities Committee
Room T3.60
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 348 5217
Email: susan.duffy@scottish.parliament.uk