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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

Meeting details are not yet available. They will be published here in due course.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can email [email protected] 

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5974 Find out about call charges.

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 Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Dumfriesshire (Constituency)

Colin Smyth

Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (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

Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 response from the Scottish Government

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs to the Convener, 21 November 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill

Letter from the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance to the Convener, 20 November 2023

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

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

Meeting date: Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

Meeting date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure, Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Procedure, Trusts and Succession (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Meeting date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

Meeting date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

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

Meeting date: Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure, Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure, Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

Meeting date: Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

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

Meeting date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

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

Meeting date: Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

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

Reports

Committee reports

30 November 2023

Delegated powers in the Scottish Employment Injury Advisory Council Bill at Stage 1

A report by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee of its consideration of the delegated powers in the Scottish Employment Injury Advisory Council Bill at Stage 1.

28 November 2023

Subordinate Legislation Considered by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on 28 November 2023

A report on the subordinate legislation considered by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on 28 November 2023.

23 November 2023

Delegated powers in the Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1

A report by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee of its consideration of the delegated powers in the Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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.