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Section G – Bills

New amendments to Bills lodged on 9 September 2005

Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill – Stage 2

Schedule 2

Nora Radcliffe

23 In schedule 2, page 20, line 35, after <recognised> insert <local,>

After section 19

Mr Mark Ruskell

24 After section 19, insert—



Strategic Environmental Assessment Gateway

(1) The Scottish Ministers shall designate a person or persons to operate an office (to be known as the “Strategic Environmental Assessment Gateway”) to act as a central access point to co-ordinate environmental assessment activities and to carry out the functions specified in subsection (2).

(2) Those functions are—

(a) to prepare and maintain a public, internet-based register of environmental assessments;

(b) to provide advice and guidance on matters relating to environmental assessment;

(c) to act as an arbiter in disputes relating to environmental assessment;

(d) to audit the quality of—

(i) environmental reports prepared under section 14; and

(ii) the monitoring referred to in section 19(1);

(e) to co-ordinate the monitoring of activities relating to environmental assessments and the monitoring of activities referred to in section 17; and

(f) to make recommendations to the Scottish Ministers as to additional persons, bodies or office holders who should be specified as consultation authorities under section 3.>

Before section 20

Nora Radcliffe

25 Before section 20, insert—

<Annual report on implementation of the Act

The Scottish Ministers must, as soon as practicable after the end of each calendar year, lay before the Parliament a report summarising action taken during the year by the Scottish Ministers, the consultation authorities and the responsible authorities for securing compliance with the requirements of this Act.>