Islands (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill


The Islands (Scotland) Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP, on 9 June 2017.

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for a national islands plan; to impose duties in relation to island communities on certain public authorities; to make provision about the electoral representation of island communities; and to establish a licensing scheme in respect of marine development adjacent to islands.

SPICe Briefings

SPICe Briefing: Islands (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1


14 June 2017 Approach paper 
26 June 2017  Launch of Call for Evidence
13 September 2017  Evidence session with Bill Team


The Committee has launched a call for evidence and a survey on the Bill and are seeking for views, if you feel you have any views, we would very much welcome them in English, Gaelic or any other language. Submit your view to us by 25 September 2017.

Islands (Scotland) Bill survey (external site)

We encourage you to use our template to submit your view.

Read the submissions received

Visits and Events

As part of the Stage 1 scrutiny of the Bill, the Committee are committed to getting out and about to hear the views directly from Islanders on the Bill.

In August 2017, the Committee held an community engagement event in Craignure Community Hall on Mull to discuss the Bill.


Work by other Committees