Proposed Inquiries into Deaths (Scotland) Bill

Proposer

Patricia Ferguson

Draft Proposal

Proposal for a Bill to re-enact with amendments the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976:

(a) to extend the scope of inquiries to cover work-related deaths not resulting from accidents, such as deaths from industrial diseases and deaths resulting from exposure at work to certain substances

(b) to make the process of investigating deaths quicker and more transparent, to refer appropriate cases to specialist sheriff courts, and to give the families of the deceased person a more central role in the process

Lodged 1 August 2013

Accompanied by: Consultation document (535KB pdf) - corrected 10 July 2014 

Consultation closed on 31 January 2014

Final Proposal

Proposal for a Bill to re-enact with amendments the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976—
(a) to extend the scope of inquiries to cover work-related deaths not resulting from accidents (such as deaths from industrial diseases and deaths resulting from exposure at work to certain substances), deaths of persons receiving compulsory mental health treatment and deaths of children subject to a child protection order;
(b) to refer appropriate cases to specialist sheriff courts, to give the families of the deceased person a more central role in the process, and to provide that recommendations made by the sheriff are enforceable in certain circumstances and subject to appeal. 

Lodged 20 November 2014

Accompanied by Final summary of responses (Corrected version) (75KB pdf)

(Note: corrected version posted 12 December 2014)

 Total Supporters: 31 

  • 28 Scottish Labour
  • 2 Independent
  • 1 Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

 For supporters' names see: 

Right to introduce Member's Bill secured?

Yes

Member's Bill introduced to give effect to proposal?

Yes

Inquiries into Deaths (Scotland) Bill