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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-20093: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 21 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-19820 by Kevin Stewart on 21 November 2018, in light of section 8 of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, which states that an islands communities impact assessment must be carried out if a policy "is likely to have an effect on an island community which is significantly different from its effect on other communities (including other island communities) in the area in which the authority exercises its function", whether it will confirm what the provisions are of that Act that do not oblige it to prepare such an assessment with regard to the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 6 December 2018

The provisions of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 ("the Act") relating to island communities impact assessments ("ICIA"), do not apply to the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill because it was laid before Parliament on 26 June 2018, prior to the Act coming into force on 6 July 2018. However, as we confirmed in S5W-19820, we are committed to undertaking an island communities impact assessment for the Bill as a matter of good practice.