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The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Parliament on 5 March 2009. The Bill's provisions covered three main purposes: sentencing, criminal procedure and licensing.
The Bill contained more than 80 different policy proposals. Amongst other things the Bill would:
Justice Committee - Stage 1 Scrutiny
Call for evidence
The Committee issued a call for written evidence inviting individuals and interested parties to submit views on the Bill in writing. The Committee was interested to hear the views of all organisations, bodies and individuals on the proposals contained within the Bill and their likely impact. Comments did not have to cover all aspects of the Bill, only those proposals which were of interest or concern.
UPDATE: In a letter to the Committee on 24 March 2009, the Scottish Government announced that it intended to introduce a new health bill to take forward provisions on a range of alcohol measures including minimum pricing, sale of alcohol to persons under 21 and a social responsibility levy. As a consequence, the Government intended to bring forward amendments to remove the following sections of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2:
In light of this announcement, the Justice Committee agreed at its meeting on 31 March 2009 that it would no longer consider these provisions of the Bill.
Listed below are the individuals and organisations who gave evidence on the Bill at Justice Committee meetings along with links to the papers, Official Reports and minutes of each meeting. Also listed is any supplementary written evidence submitted after each meeting.
The Committee published its Stage 1 report on 12 November 2009. Please follow the links below to the report, accompanying news release and the Scottish Government's response to the report.
Justice Committee - Stage 2 Consideration
Amendments lodged for Stage 2 consideration as they appeared in the daily list of amendments, which are published in Section G of the Business Bulletin (new amendments to Bills), are listed below.
Please note that the text of any amendment may have been revised between being published in a daily list and the Marshalled List, which at Stage 2 is an amalgamation of the various daily lists (minus any amendments that have been withdrawn).
Calls for evidence
At its meeting on 2 March 2010 the Committee agreed to take evidence at Stage 2 on some of the amendments lodged for Stage 2 which it considers raise significant new issues that were not considered during the Committee’s Stage 1 inquiry. The three topics on which the Committee invited evidence are:
At its meeting on 13 April 2010, the Committee agreed to take written evidence at Stage 2 on amendment 516 lodged by Sandra White MSP. This amendment seeks to allow local authorities to apply a specific licensing regime to adult entertainment venues, including limiting the number of premises in the local authority area that are permitted to provide adult entertainment. Please follow the links below to the call for evidence and the full text of amendment 516:
Please follow the link below to view written submissions received for both calls for evidence:
Stage 2 Consideration of amendments
2 March 2010 (Consideration of amendments, Day 1)
16 March 2010 (Consideration of amendments, Day 2)
13 April 2010 (Consideration of amendments, Day 3)
20 April 2010 (Consideration of amendments, Day 4)
27 April 2010 (Consideration of amendments, Day 5)
4 May 2010 (Consideration of amendments, Day 6)
11 May 2010 (Consideration of amendments, Day 7)
Correspondence about Stage 2 amendments
Stage 2 was completed on 11 May 2010.
Stage 3 proceedings
Stage 3 was taken in the Chamber, rather than by the Committee, but for completeness, the daily lists of amendments lodged are included below.
The Bill passed Stage 3 on 30 June 2010.
Contact: For specific information on the Bill, please contact Andrew Proudfoot, Assistant Clerk to the Committee, on 0131 348 5047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org