* Consultations in red are finishing this week

New proposals to outlaw sexual orientation discrimination

The Equality Act 2006 included a power that allows the Government to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods, facilities and services, in education and in the exercise of public functions. The Government intends to use this power to make Regulations that take effect in October 2006.


Closing date 5 June 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.


Closing date 5 June 2006

Rural Development for Scotland 2007-13

This consultation requests views on the next EU funded Rural Development Programme for Scotland.


Closing date 6 June 2006

FSA to consult on ending audit requirements for small firms

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has issued a consultation paper outlining proposals to remove the statutory audit requirements under the Companies Act for small firms and Appointed Representatives (ARs).

Closing date 6 June 2006

Collective redundancies – employers duty to notify the Secretary of State

The Government proposes to make a minor change to the law on collective redundancies concerning the duty on employers to inform the Secretary of State about collective redundancies.  The amendment is being proposed as a consequence of the European Court of Justice decision in the case of Junk v Kühnel.


Closing date 9 June 2006

Expanding employers freedom

These proposals would enable company pensions administrators to provide written material and make oral promotions about company pensions to employees without needing to be regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).  They also allow employers to communicate to employees about work-related insurance cover without needing to be regulated by the FSA.


Closing date 14 June 2006

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 Transitional 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

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

Calls for evidence at the Scottish Parliament

*  Calls for evidence marked in red are finishing this week

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

Environment Committee
Further call for evidence on the Crofting Refrom (Scotland) Bill "Proper Occupier" concept
Closing date 8 June 2006

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

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





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