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Justice Committee

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The Community Safety Minister Fergus Ewing gave evidence to the Justice Committee as it considered the Long Leases Bill on 8 February 2011.

The bill is the final part of a series of recent legislative reforms to the system of property law in Scotland based on reports published by the Scottish Law Commission.

The main point of the proposed legislation is that a tenant's right under an ultra-long lease is akin to a right of ownership and so it would provide for such a right to be automatically converted to a right of ownership on an appointed day, with compensation for the former landlord.

The committee began by quizzing Dale Strachan and Catherine Reilly from law firm Brodies LLP.

It then quizzed Community Safety Minister Fergus Ewing.

MSPs then considered the Domestic Abuse Bill .

The bill passed its first stage of parliamentary scrutiny on 19 January 2011.

Rhoda Grant MSP's member's bill proposes to increase access to justice for victims of domestic abuse and enable police and prosecutors to provide a more robust response to breached civil protections orders.

The Justice Committee had already recommended that the parliament agree to the general principles.

The Community Safety Minister gave more evidence, this time on the draft Retention of Samples etc. (Children's Hearings) (Scotland) Order 2011.

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