- The Finance Committee
considered the Housing (Scotland) Bill which was referred for its
consideration under rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders.
- The Committee had before
it the Financial Memorandum accompanying the Bill on introduction
(prepared in accordance with Rule 9.3). The Committee did not consider
the Financial Memorandum to be sufficiently comprehensive in detailing
the financial costs associated with the Bill. The Committee requested
clarification from the Minister for Social Justice on a number of
issues and thereafter took further evidence from Scottish Executive
Development Department officials.
- Having considered the
supplementary information, the Committee was in agreement that the
Bill contains provisions which introduce new expenditure payable
out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund. The Committee is of the view,
therefore, that the provisions of the legislation as introduced
are sufficient to require the Parliament by resolution to agree
to that expenditure.