* Consultations in red are finishing this week

Proposed voluntary reporting scheme for engineered nanoscale materials

This consultation document seeks views on proposals to develop a voluntary reporting scheme for industry on engineered nanoscale materials. Nanotechnologies are defined as the design, characterisation, production and application of structures, devices and systems by controlling shape and size at the nanometre scale. The applications of nanotechnologies are wide-ranging.


Closing date 23 June 2006

HM Revenue and Customs - Modernising powers, deterrents and safeguards:  The developing programme of work

This is the second consultation document that responds to comments from the first consultation by exploring how HMRC can support those who seek to comply and penalise those who seek an unfair advantage through non-compliance.


Closing date 23 June 2006

Consultation on Transnational Research Co-operation

The European Commission launched a public consultation on possible actions to improve trans-national research cooperation and knowledge transfer between public research organisations (PRO) and industry.


Closing date 19 July 2006

Casinos and the Use Classes Order

This consultation seeks views on the classification of casinos within the Use Classes Orders and particularly on Scottish Ministers' preferred option of removing casinos from the classes in the Use Classes Orders. This would mean changes of use to a casino would require planning permission, but changes from a casino to another assembly and leisure use i.e. cinema or bingo hall would be granted permission by permitted development rights.


Closing date 24 July 2006

Supporting wave and tidal energy in Scotland

This consultation is on the best way to increase green energy generation from wave and tidal sources in Scotland.  This follows a commitment by Scottish Ministers to amend the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) to boost development of the renewables sector.


Closing date 3 August

Implementation of Articles 7, 8 and 9 of the EU Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings

The Scottish Ministers are presently considering proposals for implementing Articles 7, 8 and 9 of the EU Directive (2002/91/EC) on the energy performance of buildings by using the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 and amending both the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and the Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.


Closing date 4 August 2006

Amendment to the dispute resolutions procedures – Employment Act 2002

The Government proposes to make a minor amendment to the Employment Act 2002 concerning the duty on employers and employees to follow the dispute resolution procedures. Failure by either party to follow these procedures will affect the way in which the Employment Tribunal considers claims.


Closing date 11 August

Consultation on the European Transparency Initiative

This Green Paper is a key component of the Transparency Initiative and is the starting-point for this consultation. The consultation will allow stakeholders to have their say on three aspects of transparency in the European Union which are lobbying, minimum standards for consultation and mandatory disclosure of information. These are covered by the three chapters of the Green Paper.


Closing date 31 August 2006

Improving worker involvement – improving health and safety

This consultation sets out options aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of worker involvement in health and safety risk management by voluntary initiatives or by strengthening the legal requirements for consultation with employees.


Closing date 8 September 2006

Increased holiday entitlement – an initial consultation

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, staff are entitled to four weeks' paid holiday each year. The Government proposes to increase that entitlement to 5.6 weeks, pro rata for part-timers. The statutory right to paid holiday will be subject to a maximum of 28 days' paid leave per year.


22 September 2006

Calls for evidence at the Scottish Parliament

*  Calls for evidence marked in red are finishing this week

Equal Opportunities Committee
Call for evidence, Age Taking Stock. 
Closing date 30 June 2006

European and External Relations Committee
Call for evidence, Inquiry into Energy Efficiency in Scotland
Closing date 14 July 2006

Justice 2 Committee
Call for evidence at Stage 1 of the Christmas Day and New Year's Day Trading (Scotland) Bill
Closing date 11 August

Health Committee
Call for evidence on the Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill
Closing date 25 August 2006


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