93/2013: Thursday 6 June 2013

Scottish Law Commission Bills

Members will be aware that the Parliament agreed motion S4M-06693: Implementing Scottish Law Commission reports on 28 May 2013 and the associated Standing Orders changes were made on 5 June 2013. As a result, Scottish Law Commission Bills, as defined by Rule 9.17A.1, now fall within the remit of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee under Rule 6.11 and may be referred to it as lead committee.

As well as implementing all or part of a report of the Scottish Law Commission, the definition of a Scottish Law Commission Bill includes criteria to be determined by the Presiding Officer. The Presiding Officer has determined under Rule 9.17A.1(b) that a Scottish Law Commission Bill is a Bill within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament—

(a) where there is a wide degree of consensus amongst key stakeholders about the need for reform and the approach recommended;
(b) which does not relate directly to criminal law reform;
(c) which does not have significant financial implications;
(d) which does not have significant European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) implications; and
(e) where the Scottish Government is not planning wider work in that particular subject area.

An updated version Guidance on Public Bills will be published in due course taking account of these changes. The clerks in the Legislation Team are happy to answer queries about this or other aspects of public bill procedure – contact them on 0131 348 5277 or by e-mailing [email protected].

Summary of Today’s Business

Meetings of Committees

9.00 am

Equal Opportunities Committee

Committee Room 4

9.30 am

Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee

Committee Room 1

9.30 am

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Committee Room 6


Meeting of the Parliament

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions

12.30 pm Members’ Business – S4M-05957 Paul Martin: Community-based Housing Associations, Building the Community

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Questions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

For full details of today’s business, see Section A. For full details of the future business, see sections B and C.

Section A: Today's Business

Meetings of Committees and Meeting of the Parliament

Section B: Future Meetings of the Parliament

Future Meetings of the Parliament

Section C: Future Meetings of Committees

There is no information on future meetings of Committees in today's Business Bulletin

Section D: Oral Questions

Questions selected for First Minister’s Question Time and Questions selected for response by Ministers and Junior Scottish Ministers at Question Time

Section E: Written Questions

New Questions for Written Answer

Section F: Motions and Amendments

Motions and Amendments

Section G: Bills

New Bills introduced, new amendments to Bills and Members' Bills proposals

Section H: New Documents

New documents laid before the Parliament and Committee Reports published

Section I: Petitions

There is no information on Petitions in today's Business Bulletin

Section J: Progress of Legislation

Progress of Bills and Subordinate Legislation

Section K: Corrections

There is no information on corrections to the Official Report in today's Business Bulletin

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