Annexe B

RULES FOR THE PRIORITISATION FOR THE PUBLICATION OF OFFICIAL REPORTS OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Background and purpose

1. The Official Report makes every effort to publish committee Official Reports as quickly as possible. A system of prioritisation is required for the occasions when the number, frequency and/or duration of meetings exceed the capacity of the Official Report to produce reports in good time for a committee's next meeting. The Conveners Group has endorsed the order of priority suggested below.

Publication targets

2. Our principal target for committees is to publish the Official Report in time for the committee's next meeting and to agreed deadlines.

3. The date of the next meeting will thus be the first determinant of priority.

4. Thereafter, priority is accorded as follows:

  • Stage 2: Executive Bills

  • Stage 2: non-Executive Bills (Committee Bills and Members' Bills)

  • Consideration Stage: Private Bills

  • major inquiry

  • evidence at Stage 1: Executive Bills

  • evidence at Stage 1: non-Executive Bills (Committee Bills and Members' Bills)

  • Preliminary Stage: Private Bills

  • other evidence

Production schedule

5. Details of publication dates can be found on the Official Report's production schedule, which is available on the Parliament’s website and updated daily.

6. Requests for prioritisation of Reports can be made either directly or through the committee clerk to the official report.