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.
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
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
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:
The Stage 1 Debate took place on 19 June 2014.
Read the Official Report of the Stage 1 Debate
The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 on 19 August 2014.
Read the Meeting Papers and Official Report
The Stage 3 debate took place on 4 November.
Read the Official Report of the Stage 3 Debate
Following 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: