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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

The Bill incorporates the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into the law in Scotland.

The Bill was approved on 07 December 2023 and became an Act on 16 January 2024


Contents


Reconsideration Stage - Further debate

Following a challenge by Law Officers or the Secretary of State, the Parliament may reconsider the Bill. Further "amendments" (changes) can be submitted, MSPs then debate and vote on whether to approve the Bill.

The Bill ended Reconsideration Stage on 07 December 2023

Supreme Court ruling

Following Stage 3, the Bill was referred by the Law Officers to the Supreme Court under Section 33 of the Scotland Act 1998. The Supreme Court then ruled that some of the things the Bill set out to do were not within the powers of the Scottish Parliament. The Bill as passed at Stage 3 could therefore not become law.

Scottish Parliament research briefing

Reconsideration Stage: What happens when the Supreme Court decides a bill is outside the Parliament's powers?

Debate on having a Reconsideration Stage

MSPs debated whether to reconsider the Bill following the Supreme Court ruling.

Meeting on 14 September 2023

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Meeting on 31 October 2023
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Meeting on 7 November 2023
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Correspondence

Committee correspondence sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament

Reconsideration of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice to the Convener of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, 28 November 2023

Reconsideration of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Letter to Gina Wilson, Head of Strategy, Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland from the Convener of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, 17 November 2023

Reconsideration of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Letter to Juliet Harris, Director, Together (Scottish Alliance of Children's Rights) from the Convener of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, 17 November 2023

Read all the correspondence received on this Bill

Debate on the proposed amendments

MSPs can propose further “amendments” (changes) to the Bill. MSPs then debate and decide on the amendments.

Documents with the amendments considered at the meeting held on 7 December 2023. 

Meeting on 7 December 2023

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Final debate on the Bill

Once MSPs have debated and decided on the amendments, they debate whether to approve the Bill.

Meeting on 7 December 2023

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Final vote on the Bill

After the debate, MSPs vote on whether to approve the Bill.

Meeting on 7 December 2023

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Motion ref. S6M-11573

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill (Reconsideration)

  • Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 05 December 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-11573
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 07 December 2023

Result 117 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 12 did not vote Vote Passed

The Bill was approved on 7 December 2023