Scotland Bill Committee calls for evidence

15/12/2010

The Scottish Parliament’s Scotland Bill Committee is seeking views on a number of issues to help inform its scrutiny of the proposed legislation.

The Committee was set-up this month to consider the Scotland Bill and report to the Parliament on any relevant Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM). Two LCMs have already been lodged - one by the Scottish Government and another by the leaders of the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties in Scotland.

Wendy Alexander MSP, Convener of the Scotland Bill Committee, said:

“We are calling for written evidence on a number of key questions to assist us with our work in scrutinising this Bill which is designed to implement the Calman recommendations.

“There are a number of issues we would like to focus on as we gather evidence. These include whether the Bill’s proposals will improve working conditions between Westminster and Holyrood Parliaments and Governments, whether it’s a good idea to substitute revenue from taxes levied by the Scottish Parliament for some of the grant from the UK Government which supports the Scottish Government and what interested parties think of the proposed new borrowing powers.”

The Committee is also looking for written evidence on a number of other issues in the Bill, including:

  • The proposed Scottish rate of income tax;
  • How proposals will affect Scotland’s economic growth prospects;
  • The creation of devolved taxes – Stamp Duty Land Tax and Landfill Tax;
  • Proposed changes in non-financial areas, such as speed limits and air weapons.

Background

The deadline to receive written evidence is 15 January 2011. Evidence should be posted to: Scotland Bill Committee, Scottish Parliament, Room G.01, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP.

The Scotland Bill Committee comprises: Wendy Alexander MSP (Convener), Brian Adam MSP (Deputy Convener), Peter Peacock MSP, Tricia Marwick MSP, David McLetchie MSP and Robert Brown MSP.

The Committee expects to produce its report by end February/early March 2011.

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