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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

19th Meeting, 2023

Agenda: Decision on taking business in private, Trusts and Succession (Scotland) Bill, Instruments subject to negative procedure, Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill, Data Protection and Digital Information (No.2) Bill (UK Parliament legislation), Trusts and Succession (Scotland) Bill

10:00am, 06 June 2023

T1.40-CR5 The Smith Room

Get in touch

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

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

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)

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Substitute Members

Maurice Golden

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

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)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Correspondence

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 30, 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, May 23, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Trusts and Succession (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Instruments subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure, Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Procedure

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Instrument subject to Affirmative Procedure, Instrument subject to Negative Procedure, Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Procedure, Trusts and Succession (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

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

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private, Trusts and Succession (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Instruments subject to Negative Procedure

Meeting date: Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

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

Meeting date: Tuesday, April 18, 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

Meeting date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

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

Meeting date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Procedure, Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Meeting date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

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

Reports

Committee reports

30 May 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee Annual Report 2022-23

Annual Report 2022-23 for the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee.

30 May 2023

Subordinate Legislation Considered by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on 30 May 2023

A report on the subordinate legislation considered by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on 30 May 2023.

30 May 2023

Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum: delegated powers relevant to Scotland in the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill

A report by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on the delegated powers relevant to Scotland in the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (UK Parliament legislation), as amended.

Remit

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

  • any— 
  1. subordinate legislation laid before the Parliament or requiring the consent of the Parliament under section 9 of the Public Bodies Act 2011
  2. 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
  • proposed powers to make subordinate legislation in particular Bills or other proposed legislation
  • general questions relating to powers to make subordinate legislation
  • whether any proposed delegated powers in particular Bills or other legislation should be expressed as a power to make subordinate legislation
  • any failure to lay an instrument in accordance with section 28(2), 30(2) or 31 of the 2010 Act
  • proposed changes to the procedure to which subordinate legislation laid before the Parliament is subject
  • any Scottish Law Commission Bill as defined in Rule 9.17A.1
  • any draft proposal for a Scottish Law Commission Bill as defined in that Rule
  • any Consolidation Bill as defined in Rule 9.18.1 referred to it in accordance with Rule 9.18.3.