Committee Bill to amend the process for complaints against MSPs



At its meeting on 7 November 2019, the Committee agreed to instruct a Committee Bill to which would amend the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002  to address historical misconduct. The Bill would seek to:

  • remove an admissibility requirement that a complaint be made within one year; and 
  • to allow the Commissioner to investigate complaints made by Members’ own staff in relation to sexual harassment which took place in the past.

Policy Development

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 also welcomed views of anyone else with an interest in this area. The deadline for responses was 31 January 2020.

Consultation responses received

Committee Proposal Report

The Committee published its report on a proposal for a Committee Bill on 28 June 2020. The report sought the Parliament’s approval to introduce a Bill which would give effect to the proposal contained in the report.

Parliamentary Scrutiny

The Parliament debated the Committee’s proposal report on 29 September 2020 and agreed to the Committee’s proposal to introduce a Bill to giving effect to the policy set out in its report.


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]

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