BUSINESS BULLETIN 54 / 2001
Wednesday 28 March 2001
Section G - Bills, amendments to Bills and proposals for members Bills
New amendments to Bills lodged on 27 March 2001
Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill – Stage 3
4 In section 1, page 1, line 16 at end insert—
<( ) has an annual income of less than the specified amount;>
Mr Brian Monteith
5 In section 1, page 1, line 26, at end insert—
<(4A) Regulations under subsection (4) shall ensure that no person is liable to pay the graduate endowment until that person’s earnings exceed the threshold figure.
(4B) In subsection (4A) "the threshold figure" means the figure prescribed by the Scottish Ministers in regulations, being the most recent figure for the annual earnings of a graduate determined by the National Labour Force Survey ("the Survey").
(4C) The first regulations under this subsection (4B) shall be made as soon as possible after this section comes into force; and further such regulations shall be made as soon as possible after the Survey makes a fresh determination of average graduate earnings.
(4D) In this section "earnings" means gross earnings and includes any remuneration or profit derived from the borrower’s employment or other source.>
6 In section 1, page 2, line 2, at end insert—
<"the average earnings index" means the general index of average earnings (for all employees: the whole economy: seasonally adjusted) published by the Department for Education and Employment.>
7 In section 1, page 2, line 29, at end insert—
<"the specified amount" means such amount as specified from time to time in regulations, being an amount equivalent to £25,000 on the day this section comes into force, adjusted annually from that date according to either—
(a) the retail price index; or
(b) the average earnings index,
whichever yields the greater increase (or, as the case may be, the lesser decrease) in the amount previously specified;>
8 In section 1, page 2, line 35, leave out <subsection> and insert <subsections (7A) and>
9 In section 1, page 2, line 36, after <annulment> insert <or amendment>
10 In section 1, page 2, line 37, at end insert—
<(7A) If the Scottish Parliament resolves that a statutory instrument made under subsection (7) should be amended, the Scottish Ministers as soon as practicable thereafter may either as soon as practicable thereafter—
(a) make regulations amended in accordance with the resolution (and such amended regulations shall be laid before the Parliament but shall not be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the Parliament); or
(b) revoke the instrument in which case they shall lay before the Parliament an explanation of why the Scottish Ministers have not exercised their power to amend the instrument under paragraph (a).>
11 In section 1, page 2, line 40, at end insert—
<(9) In exercising their powers under this section, the Scottish Ministers must aim to ensure that students from families with incomes below the prescribed level have access to grants or other maintenance payments sufficient to minimise their dependence on loans or parental contributions.
(10) In subsection (9) above, "the prescribed level" means such amount as the Scottish Ministers shall from time to time prescribe in regulations.>
12 In section 1, page 2, line 40, at end insert—
<( ) In exercising their powers under this section, the Scottish Ministers shall aim to ensure that students from families with low incomes are not be prevented from pursuing a course of study as a result of that low income.
New amendments to Bills lodged on 26 March 2001
Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill – Stage 2
129 In section 2, page 4, line 19, after <school’s> insert <education>
130 In section 2, page 4, line 24, after <school’s> insert <education>