The Electronic Communications (Scotland) Act 2006

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views/comments on the proposals to amend appropriate legislation to allow for electronic communications to be accepted in the same way as "in writing" or "by hand" submissions. It is the intention that the results of this consultation will help to ascertain the acceptance of the proposed amendments.

This consultation finishes 15 April 2006

Consultation on the Implementation of the Railways Act 2005 - Provisions on Closures and Minor Modifications

Proposals for technical guidance on rail closures and minor modifications, which rail funding authorities, train and network operating companies will follow when considering the closure of, or modification to, a passenger service, network or station.

The closing date for this consultation is 21 April 2006.

Age taking stock

The Equal Opportunities Committee of the Scottish Parliament is currently conducting a taking stock exercise, which will identify areas of concern in Scotland in relation to age.  The Committee is conducting this exercise in the context of forthcoming age discrimination legislation in employment and vocational training and the creation of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR), which will have a responsibility to promote age equality.

The closing date for written evidence is 21 April 2006

Welfare Reform Green Paper

The Government launched a Green Paper "A new deal for welfare: Empowering people to work" on Tuesday 24 January 2006. It contains major new proposals to help individuals achieve their potential through work.

The closing date for this consultation is 21 April 2006.

Enhancing our care of Scotlands landscapes

This consultation paper contains proposals for the landscape component of the forthcoming Planning Bill, including refreshing legislation providing the Scottish Ministers with powers to designate, de-designate or revise the boundaries of a National Scenic Area.

The closing date for this consultation is 24 April 2006

Review of NHS Prescription Charges and Exemption Arrangements in Scotland

This document has been prepared as part of the Executive’s Partnership Agreement commitment to review prescription charges for people with chronic medical conditions, and for young people in full time education or training. This document: • Sets out the background and policy context to NHS prescription charge and exemption arrangements in Scotland • Puts forward and discusses options for change to facilitate debate on possible system reforms •Summarises the Executive’s position with regard to possible reforms.

The closing date for this consultation is 30 April 2006.

Protected Trust Deed Reform

This consultation on the draft regulations reforming the way that protected trust deeds operate follows on from the Bankruptcy and Diligence Consultation issued in July 2004.  The main areas of reform are ensuring a greater return for creditors, improved monitoring and supervision and clearer guidelines of debtors' contributions and trustees' fees and outlays.  The Accountant in Bankruptcy will have a more involved role in supervision of protected trust deeds and auditing accounts.

This consultation closes on the 14 April 2004

Draft Strategy for Sustainable construction Report 2006

The aim of this revision to the 2000 Strategy for Sustainable Construction, is to consider what has been achieved over the past five years and to provide an effective framework to guide future Government policies where they are relevant to construction. It indicates where government wishes to see the industry going in terms of its future development as well as indicating where businesses believe their efforts should be concentrated.

This consultation closes on the 26 April 2006

Judicial Appointments and Removals Bill - Strengthening Judicial Independence

There are proposals to place the reformed judicial appointments system on a statutory basis, and a bill to achieve this should be brought forward during the course of the current parliament. The consultation also proposes a standard approach to the removal of judges and proposals regarding the eligibility of individuals to be appointed as a judge of the Court of Session.

Consultation Closes:  3 May 2006

Review of the Electoral Commsion:  Issues and question papers

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has published a consultation paper setting out the key issues and questions on which it intends to focus during its Eleventh Inquiry into the mandate, governance and accountability of The Electoral Commission.

This consultation finishes on the 16 May 2006

Relative ground for refusal:  The way forward

This consultation deals with the issues that surround the way in which the UK Trade Marks Registry examine new trade mark applications on the basis of their potential conflict with earlier trade mark applications or registrations.

Consultation closes 17 May 2006

Contributing to sustainable development:  A consultation on Ofwat's approach

Ofwat is undergoing a period of change, as a result of the Water Act 2003.  On 1 April 2006 the Water Services Regulation Authority (WSRA), constituted by a board of directors, will replace the Director General.  The WSRA will consider the outcome of this consultation before reaching conclusion on its approach.


Consultation closes 17 May 2006

Strategy for Scotland with an ageing population

To consult on the implications for Scotland with an ageing population: on the opportunities for older people and the contribution they can make, on integrated services, on health and wellbeing, and on accommodation and environments.

Consultation closes 5 June 2006

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

This is the second consultation document  which responds to comments from the first consultation by exploring how HMRC can support those who seek to comply but come down hard on those who seek an unfair advantage through non-compliance.

This consultation closes on 23 June 2006






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