About the Bill
The Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on the 26th November 2019 by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman MSP.
The Bill places duties on health boards regarding forensic medical services for victims of sexual offences (and harmful sexual behaviour by children under the age of 12).
A forensic medical examination enables evidence to be collected for use in any subsequent investigation or court proceedings. These examinations are currently carried out by health boards under a Memorandum of Understanding between Police Scotland and health boards – the Bill seeks to place the current arrangements on a statutory footing.
The Bill and associated documents can be found at the following link:
Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Bill
The Committee's timetable for consideration of the Bill at Stage 1 is:
|6 December 2019
||Launch of call for written views
|2 February 2020
||Close call for written views
|3 March 2020
|17 March 2020
|24 March 2020
|31 March 2020
The Committee published a call for views to support this inquiry which ran from 6 December 2019 to 2 February 2020.
Please use this link to view the responses sent in through Citizen Space.
The Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans wrote to the Convener of the Health and Sport Committee on 5 December 2019 to advise on the Scottish Government's view on protected subject matter.
Work by other Committees
The Finance and Constitution Committee issued a call for views on the estimated financial implications of the Bill and received 4 responses by the closing date of 30 January 2020.
The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee considered the Bill at Stage 1 on 28 January 2020 and published its Report on 31 January 2020.