Wednesday 31 March 2010

Additional responsibilities and powers

I asked a couple of people (the type of people who would know) about what responsibilities and powers have been devolved to Scotland since 1999, and I looked at the very important Scotland Act 1998 and Associated Delegated Legislation web page. Ready?

Convention rights limitations;
Agency arrangements for Artificial Insemination of Pigs, Export of Horses, Rabies, Importation of Animals, Diseases of Animals (Approved Disinfectants, Importation of Birds, Poultry and Hatching Eggs, Importation of Embryos, Ova and Semen, Bovine Embryo (Collection, Production and Transfer), control and eradication of certain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, animal by-products not intended for human consumption, The Pet Travel Scheme, the intra-species recycling ban for fish, the burial and burning of animal by-products, Animal By-Products regulations, animal health requirements for the movement of circus animals between Member States of the EU, TSE research, control, eradication and limitation on feedstuffs, Products of Animal Origin regulations, Animal and Animal Products regs, Bovine Semen regs, Zoonoses and Animal By-Products regs;
Environmental protection and pollution control;
Agency arrangements for prisoners on licence being transferred to Scotland from England;
Agency arrangements for environmental protection and analysis of heavy fuel oil
Investigatory powers;
Feedstuffs and additives under EU Designations;
Hydro electric generation;
Agency arrangements for the purchase Fire and Rescue radio systems (admit it - you thought that would just be part of the normal operation of the Fire Boards, just as I did);
Financial implications from the fisheries on the Tweed;
Agency arrangements for welfare food;
Welfare food definitions and renewable energy obligations;
Agency arrangements for a load of NHS functions;
A whole load of functions across Fire and Rescue, Electricity, Energy, Food and Environment, Food Standards, Road Traffic, and Roads;
Health and Safety on construction sites;
Something under the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (I didn't bother looking it up), control of fireworks and consumer protection in the area of fireworks;
Common Agricultural Policy burdens;
CAP stuff again (I'm struggling to see the difference between 3324 and 2980);
Railways and academic research;
Tax Commissioners, rehabilitation of offenders and access to justice;
Warrants under investigatory powers;

That's as far back as 2003, more later if my brain recovers. Mind how you transfer!


cynicalHighlander said...

We need to do something about the Media as Radio Scotland is acting more like Pravada as time goes on.

the marquis said...

I am glad you looked this up: I don't think I could have spent all that time going through legislation.

Calum Cashley said...

TM, It's commitment (at least some people say I should be committed ...) - I got annoyed with this daft line about the Scottish administration having twice as much money as in 1999 when there are far more responsibilities. There are four years to do as well (if I can face it).

CH, I quite like Brian Taylor, he might support a dodgy football team but I think he reports and comments as he sees it and he's got an in-depth knowledge of Scottish politics. I know some people think of him as biased but I think he's OK.