At its meeting on 7 November 2019, the Committee agreed to instruct a Committee Bill to which would amend the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 to address historical misconduct. The Bill would seek to:
- remove an admissibility requirement that a complaint be made within one year from when the complainer could reasonably have become aware of the conduct complained about; and
- to initiate work on preparing amendments to the 2002 Act with a view to developing a Committee Bill making provision to allow the Commissioner to investigate complaints made by Members’ own staff in relation to sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviour in the past.
The Committee wrote to invite political parties, MSPs, MSPs’ staff, those who responded to the Committee’s 2018 inquiry into sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct and Dame Laura Cox, author of the independent inquiry report: “Bullying and Harassment of House of Commons Staff” to share their views. The Committee would also welcome views of anyone else with an interest in this area. The deadline for responses is 31 January 2020.
for further information on the work of the Committee you can contact the Clerks on 0131 348 6924 or by e-mail at: [email protected].