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Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee

Wednesday 01 May 2024 9:30 AM


1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4 and 5 in private. 2. Consideration of continued petitions: The Committee will consider the following continued petitions— PE1975: Reform the law relating to Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) and will take evidence from— Siobhian Brown, Minister for Victims and Community Safety Martin Brown, Solicitor, Scottish Government Legal Directorate Michael Paparakis, Policy and Bill Programme Manager PE1973: End the use of Sheriffs Discretion when ruling on civil cases and provide clear legal guidance on division of assets; PE1974 Adopt the A890 as a trunk road PE1980: Adopt the A832 between Achnasheen and Gorstan as a trunk road; PE2019: Withdraw rates relief under the Small Business Bonus Scheme from Holiday Let Accommodation; PE2020: Provide fertility treatment to single women; and PE2021: Ensure the definition of protected animals in the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 applies to the sheep on St Kilda. . 3. Consideration of continued petitions: The Committee will consider the following continued petitions— PE2074: Increase local government funding to help protect the vulnerable elderly population and prevent the closure of care homes; PE2075: Prioritise local participation in planning decisions; PE2076: Require original wills made outside of Scotland to be accepted into safe custody, by Registers of Scotland or other safe custody providers, without prior mailing around; PE2077: Update Curriculum for Excellence to remove Personal and Social Education (PSE) from secondary schools; and PE2078: Introduce mandatory licencing and inspection of private ambulance service providers. 4. Consideration of Evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence it heard earlier under agenda item 2. 5. Annual Report The Committee will consider case study options for its annual report.

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