Historic Environment Scotland Bill

 

Stage 1 scrutiny by the Education and Culture Committee

The purpose of the Historic Environment Scotland Bill is to establish a new lead body for Scotland's historic environment, to be known as Historic Environment Scotland.

For further information on the Bill and its accompanying documents, please see the Historic Environment Scotland Bill page.

Evidence

Written evidence

The Committee issued a call for evidence on 6 March 2014. The call for evidence has now closed.

Read the call for written evidence

Read the written submissions received

Oral evidence

The Committee took oral evidence at the following meetings:

18 March 2014 - Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland; followed by the Scottish Government Bill Team

6 May - Built Environment Forum Scotland, COSLA, Historic Houses Association for Scotland and National Trust for Scotland

12 May - fact-finding visit to the Orkney Islands

20 May - Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs

Read the Meeting Papers and Official Reports

Report

The Committee published its Stage 1 Report on the Historic Environment Scotland Bill on 12 June 2014:

4th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Stage 1 Report on the Historic Environment Scotland Bill

The Scottish Government responded to the Committee report on 26 June 2014:

Debate

The Stage 1 Debate took place on 19 June 2014.

Read the Official Report of the Stage 1 Debate

Stage 2

The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 on 19 August 2014.

Read the Meeting Papers and Official Report

Stage 3

The Stage 3 debate took place on 4 November.

Read the Official Report of the Stage 3 Debate

Additional Information

Members visiting Skara Brae as part of fact-finding visit to Orkney for the Historic Environment Scotland BillFollowing the evidence session on 18 March 2014, the Scottish Government Bill Team provided additional information:

The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, requesting further information following the evidence session on 20 May 2014.

The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs replied to this letter on 28 May 2014.

Fact-finding visit to Orkney

As part of its scrutiny of the Historic Environment Scotland Bill, the committee visited Orkney in May 2014. Members visited various archaeological and historical sites and held an informal meeting with local groups to understand their role in Orkney’s historic environment.

A note of the visit has been produced: