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Arbitration (Scotland) Bill (SP Bill 19)



The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee was designated the lead Committee to consider the Arbitration (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 29 January 2009 by Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice. The main purpose of the Bill is to clarify, consolidate and extend Scottish arbitration law, provide a statutory framework for arbitrations, ensure fairness and impartiality in the arbitration process, minimise expenses for parties involved in arbitrations and ensure that the process is efficient.

Written Evidence

The Committee issued a call for written evidence to seek views on the general principles of the Bill. The deadline for receiving written evidence was 5.00pm on Friday, 15 May 2009.


Timetable for the inquiry

The Committee agreed the following timetable in the context of its overall work programme.

The Committee started taking oral evidence in the middle of May. The programme for evidence from witnesses was as follows-

15 May

Deadline for written submissions

20 May

Oral Evidence panel

27 May

Oral Evidence panels

3 June

Oral Evidence panel

The Committee has now published its stage 1 report and the Bill passed stage 1 on 25 June 2009. Stage 2 was completed on 7 October 2009. Stage 3 of the Bill was passed after debate in Parliament on 18 November. The link will take you to the Official Report of the debate.



For specific information on the inquiry, please contact Katy Orr, Senior Assistant Clerk to the Committee on 0131 348 5230 or email