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Section G – Bills

New amendments to Bills lodged on 25 February 2005

Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill – Stage 2

Section 1

Alex Neil

34 In section 1, page 1, line 24, at end insert—

<( ) The functions conferred on the Bòrd by this Act are to be exercised in accordance with the provisions of the European Charter on Regional or Minority Languages.>

Section 3

Alex Neil

35 In section 3, page 3, line 24, at end insert—

<( ) The Bòrd, in any notice under subsection (1) requiring the Scottish Ministers to prepare a Gaelic language plan, may require that plan to specify the proportion of the Scottish Administration’s advertising budget which is allocated to advertising in the Gaelic language and any plans the Scottish Ministers have to increase that proportion.>

Section 9

Fiona Hyslop

36 In section 9, page 6, line 34, at end insert—

<( ) After subsection (2) of section 5 (education authority’s annual statement of improvement objectives) of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 (asp 6), insert—

"(2A) Where guidance has been issued under section 9 of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act (asp 00), subsection (2)(c) shall cease to have effect; and an education authority’s annual statement of improvement objectives must contain an account of the ways in which they will provide Gaelic medium education and of the ways in which they will seek to develop their provision of such education in accordance with—

(a) that guidance; and

(b) any plan prepared by the authority under section 3 of that Act and approved under section 5 of that Act."

Members’ Bills Proposals

A Member who has lodged a proposal has the right to introduce a Member’s Bill to give effect to that proposal under Rule 9.14.12 of the Standing Orders provided:

  • the proposal has attracted 18 supporters which include members of at least half of the political parties or groups represented on the Parliamentary Bureau; and

  • the Scottish Executive has not given an indication under Rule 9.14.13 that it or Her Majesty’s Government will initiate legislation to give effect to the proposal.

The Bills page of the Parliamentary website shows the current status in this regard.

Names marked with an (*) are new names of support.

Mark Ruskell: Proposed Liability for Release of Genetically Modified Organisms (Scotland) Bill—Proposal for a Bill to amend the law of damages in relation to the release of genetically modified organisms by making the holder of the consent to release strictly liable for economic damages that result from GM contamination (lodged 25 January 2005)

A copy of the statement of reasons on why further consultation is not required lodged on 13 December 2004 is available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).

The Environment and Rural Development Committee indicated on 19 January 2005 that it was satisfied with those reasons.

A copy of the consultation paper together with copies of each response and a summary of all responses (including the conclusions drawn from those responses) are available in SPICe.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Patrick Harvie, Eleanor Scott, Chris Ballance, Rosie Kane, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Colin Fox, Shiona Baird, Mark Ballard, John Farquhar Munro, Dr Jean Turner, Robin Harper, John Swinburne, Dennis Canavan, Campbell Martin, Rob Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Sandra White, Margo MacDonald, Bruce Crawford, Mr Stewart Maxwell