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Chamber and committees

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

The Committee was established in June 2021. It focuses on:

  • checking secondary legislation coming before the Parliament for legal and technical accuracy
  • checking whether proposed powers to make secondary legislation in Bills are appropriate
  • reporting its findings to the Parliament so all laws and proposals for laws get proper oversight from MSPs
  • looking at certain Bills which are based on reports from the Scottish Law Commission. The Commission recommends changes to the law so it keeps pace with the way we live and work.

Next meeting

22nd Meeting, 2024

Agenda: Decision on taking business in private, Instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure, Housing (Scotland) Bill

09:45am, 25 June 2024

T1.40-CR5 The Smith Room

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Greg Black, the Clerk for the committee.

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5974 Find out about call charges.

X (previously known as Twitter): @SP_DPLR

If you're appearing as a witness at a committee, take a look at our witness guide for more information.

Members

Members of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Current Members

Stuart McMillan

Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Greenock and Inverclyde (Constituency)

Bill Kidd

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Anniesland (Constituency)

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Tim Eagle

Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Substitute Members

Rhoda Grant

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Rona Mackay

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Strathkelvin and Bearsden (Constituency)

Alexander Stewart

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Housing (Scotland) Bill response from the Scottish Government

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice to the Convener, 18 June 2024

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Scottish Law Commission Bills response from the Scottish Government

Letter from the Minister for Victims and Community Safety to the Convener, 12 June 2024

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure

Meeting date: Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instrument subject to Negative Procedure, Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Procedure

Meeting date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instrument subject to Affirmative Procedure

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure, Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure, Document subject to Parliamentary Control

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instrument subject to Negative Procedure, Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure, Judicial Factors (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instrument subject to Negative Procedure, Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Procedure, Document subject to Parliamentary Control, Judicial Factors (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Judicial Factors (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Instrument subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

Meeting date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private, Judicial Factors (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instrument subject to Negative Procedure, Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Procedure

Reports

Committee reports

21 June 2024

Delegated powers in the Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill (as amended at Stage 2)

A report by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee of its consideration of the delegated powers in the Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill (as amended at Stage 2)

18 June 2024

Subordinate Legislation Considered by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on 18 June 2024

A report on the subordinate legislation considered by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on 18 June 2024.

18 June 2024

Subordinate Legislation Considered by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on 18 June 2024

A report on the subordinate legislation considered by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on 18 June 2024.

Remit

To consider and report on the following (and any additional matter added under Rule 6.1.5A)—

(a) any—

(i) subordinate legislation laid before the Parliament or requiring the consent of the Parliament under section 9 of the Public Bodies Act 2011;

(ii) [deleted]

(iii) pension or grants motion as described in Rule 8.11A.1; and, in particular, to determine whether the attention of the Parliament should be drawn to any of the matters mentioned in Rule 10.3.1;

(b) proposed powers to make subordinate legislation in particular Bills or other proposed legislation;

(c) general questions relating to powers to make subordinate legislation;

(d) whether any proposed delegated powers in particular Bills or other legislation should be expressed as a power to make subordinate legislation;

(e) any failure to lay an instrument in accordance with section 28(2), 30(2) or 31 of the 2010 Act;

(f) proposed changes to the procedure to which subordinate legislation laid before the Parliament is subject;

(g) any Scottish Law Commission Bill as defined in Rule 9.17A.1;

(h) any draft proposal for a Scottish Law Commission Bill as defined in that Rule; and

(i) any Consolidation Bill as defined in Rule 9.18.1 referred to it in accordance with Rule 9.18.3.