Call for evidence on the Bill

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is seeking views on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 16 June 2011 and was subsequently agreed to be considered as an emergency Bill. Because of this expedited procedure, the Justice Committee issued a call for written evidence on 16 June and took oral evidence at meetings on Tuesday 21 June and Wednesday 22 June in order to help inform the Bill’s consideration by the Parliament. After its Stage 1 debate on Thursday 23 June, the First Minister announced that the Scottish Government would seek to extend the Bill's timetable (date to be confirmed) to allow further scrutiny by the Justice Committee. As there is now more time available for the Justice Committee to consider the Bill, the Convener has agreed to extend the call for written evidence to noon on Friday 26 August 2011.

The Committee is interested in the views of any organisation, body or individual on the Bill’s proposals and their likely impact, and about any issues that respondents consider may have been omitted from the Bill.

A copy of the Bill and accompanying documents can be found at :

If you were intending to make a submission in time for the original deadline of Friday 24 June, we apologise for this change in timetable but we hope that it will allow you greater scrutiny of the Bill before submitting your evidence. If you have already made a submission, please feel free to provide new or supplementary evidence prior to the extended deadline.

How to submit written evidence

It would be helpful for your submission to clearly highlight your views on the broad thrust of the policy proposals and to also flag up any particular areas of concern you may have.

Before making a submission, please read our Policy on Treatment of Written Evidence by Subject and Mandatory Committees.

Written submissions should normally be limited to around 4 sides of A4 but, if they need to be much longer than this, they should be accompanied by a short summary of the main points.  Submissions should be set out in numbered paragraphs.  Where the submission refers to existing published material, it is preferable to provide hyperlinks or full citations (rather than extensive extracts). The Committee welcomes written evidence in English, Gaelic or any other language.

The Committee prefers to receive written submissions electronically (preferably in Microsoft Word format). These should be sent by e-mail to:

[email protected]

However you may also make hard copy written submissions to:

Justice Committee
Room TG.01
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

Any queries about written submissions should be addressed in the first instance to the Justice Committee clerking team at the above e-mail address or on (0131) 348 5047.