Scottish Parliament Calls for Evidence

Enterprise and Culture – Scottish Register of Tartans
The Bill seeks to create a Register of Tartan. Currently there is no official Register of Tartan in Scotland, although there are several unofficial registers and databases in existence. It also seeks to create the position of The Keeper of the Tartan Register, who would be responsible for maintaining the register.
Closing date 10 November 2006

Education - Call for Evidence on Protection of Vulnerable Groups
The Scottish Parliament's Education Committee has issued a call for evidence from all interested parties on the general principles of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill. The Bill introduces a new framework to ensure that unsuitable people do not gain access to children or protected adults through work.
Closing date 10 November 2006

Scottish Executive Consultations

Building on our Success – Improving Modern Apprenticeships
The aim of this consultation is to gather views to inform Ministers on how the Scottish Executive proposes to improve the current Modern Apprenticeship Programme, which aims to provide individuals with skills at SNVQ level 3 or above, while they work.
Closing date 7 November 2006

Planning for Waste Management
This draft Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) is the Executive's proposed policy on land use planning for waste management. When finalised it will replace NPPG 10: Planning and Waste Management. The purpose of the SPP is to provide guidance to planning authorities on their role in helping to further the National Waste Plan's objectives in relation to sustainable waste management, relying on a number of objectives such as polluter pays and reduced use of landfill sites.  The Executive seeks views on the proposed policy.
Closing date 18 November 2006

Science of Innovation Strategy for Scotland
The consultation paper has been developed with guidance from a group of key stakeholders, and also reflects long-established commentary on the existing strategy. The paper is intended to encourage debate and discussion, and is not a draft of the strategy.  Many of the commitments in the original strategy have been reached, and the funding landscaped has changed in the last five years.  The paper sets out short and long term plans including the establishment of a Scottish Science Advisory Committee.
Closing date 5 January 2007

Rights of Audience – Guidance for Applicant Bodies
Views are sought on the terms of a guidance document for professional or other bodies to apply for rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation in the Supreme Courts. Sections 25-29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 which provide for these rights, will come into force in Spring 2007, and the guidance document is to help those applicants who want to be heard in the Supreme Court.
Closing date 10 January 2007

UK Consultations

Regulation of Money Service Businesses
In 2001, the UK Government introduced a new supervisory regime for Money Service Businesses (MSBs) to combat money laundering and terrorist finance in the sector.  Money Service Businesses include Bureaux de Change, money transmitters, and cheque cashiers. The Government committed at the time to review the arrangements after a few years of operation and, as part of this exercise, a consultation has been launched to allow industry stakeholders in the MSB sector to inform the review's work.
Closing date 6 December 2006

Representative Actions for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
The Government seeks views on the likely benefits of adding clauses from IP Enforcement Directive (2004/48/EC) on representative actions, and evidence of any additional costs that arise.
Closing date 18 December 2006

The Removal of Barriers to the Sharing on Non-consensual Credit Data
The consultation seeks views on the extent to which non-consensual credit data information could be shared by lenders, subject to appropriate safeguards, in order to enable lenders to make better, more responsible, lending decisions, as part of the governments drive to reduce personal debt.  Non-consensual credit data is information on bank accounts opened before the late 1990s which did not contain a "fair processing" notice, which allows Credit Reference Agencies to share your information.
Closing date 11 January 2007

European Consultations

Call for ideas
The European Commission has declared 2008 the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.  The aim of this year is to alert people living within the European Union that dialogue is a prerequisite to living in, and benefiting from, an increasingly multicultural environment.  The Commission requests ideas from people on projects, communications and initiatives to foster intercultural dialogue.
Closing date 30 October 2006

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