Chapter 14: Laying and Publication of Documents

Rule 14.1 Laying of reports and other documents

1. Where, under an enactment or otherwise, a report or other document is required or authorised to be laid before the Scottish Parliament, the lodging of a copy of that report or document with the Clerk shall be treated for all purposes as being the laying of it before the Parliament.

2. The Clerk may require the person laying the report or document to provide such additional copies as the Clerk considers necessary.

3. A report or other document may be laid before the Parliament at any time when the office of the Clerk is open.

4. No report or other document shall be laid before the Parliament unless it is required or authorised to be laid under an enactment or otherwise or it is laid by a member of the Scottish Government.

5. The Clerk shall ensure that notice of any report or other document laid before the Parliament is published in the Business Bulletin. The notice shall give the title of the report or document.

Rule 14.2 Laying of financial reports and documents

1. Any documents laid before the Parliament containing outline proposals for public revenue and expenditure in any financial year shall not be considered, except with the agreement of the Parliament, unless they are laid before the Parliament no later than the preceding 20 April.

2. Any document laid before the Parliament setting out preliminary draft budgets of public revenue and expenditure in any financial year shall not be considered, except with the agreement of the Parliament, unless they are laid before the Parliament no later than the preceding 20 September.

Rule 14.3 Publication of documents

1. Where, under these Rules, the Clerk is required to publish any document, the Clerk shall arrange for publication through the Parliamentary corporation.

2. If the Parliament so decides, the Clerk shall publish any report or other document laid before the Parliament.

3. In these Rules, “document” means anything in which information is recorded in any form.

Rule 14.4 Publication under the authority of the Parliament

1. Any statement which is required or authorised to be published in pursuance of these Rules is published under the authority of the Parliament.

2. In these Rules, “statement” has the same meaning as in the Defamation Act 1996 (c.31).