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Bills and Laws

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill

Overview

To help manage the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scottish Parliament passed two Bills in 2020. These became the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 and the Coronavirus (No.2) (Scotland) Act 2020 (“the Scottish Acts”). The changes to the law in Part 1 of each of these Acts are due to expire on 30 September 2021.

This new Bill will extend Part 1 of each of these Acts until 31 March 2022. This means that the changes to the law in Part 1 of each of these Acts will continue to be the law until that time. An example of a change that will be extended is a protection against eviction for people who rent their homes.

The Bill will also allow secondary legislation to be used to extend Part 1 of each of these Acts further, to 30 September 2022. The Parliament would need to agree to this by approving an affirmative SSI

The Bill also expires certain changes made in Part 1 of each of the Scottish Acts so that these will not continue to be the law after 30 September 2021. These can be found in paragraphs 12 through to 30 of the explanatory notes. An example of a change that will expire is a temporary extension of timescales relating to children’s hearings.

The Bill only relates to the Scottish Acts and not the Coronavirus Act 2020 passed by the UK Parliament.

SPICe blogpost

SPICe published a detailed, extended blogpost on the Bill as introduced.

The Bill was passed on 24 June 2021 and became an Act on 04 August 2021


Contents


Stage 1 - General principles

Committees examine the Bill and gather views. They produce reports before MSPs debate the Bill in the Chamber. MSPs then decide on the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

The Bill ended Stage 1 on 22 June 2021

Parliament Examination

Emergency Bill procedure

The Parliament agreed that the Bill should be treated as an Emergency Bill at the meeting of the Parliament on 22 June 2021.

The Stage 1 debate on the Bill took place on 22 June 2021

Debate

MSPs debate the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

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Vote

MSPs vote on the general principles of the Bill.

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MSPs agreed that this Bill could continue