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Business Bulletin No. 175/2001

Wednesday 28 November 2001

Section G: Bills: Notices and Amendments


New Bills introduced or reprinted on 27 November 2001

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill-A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to confer and regulate public rights of access to land for recreational and other purposes, and to extend some of the provisions for that purpose to rights of way and other rights; to make provision under which bodies representing rural and crofting communities may buy the land with which those communities have a connection; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 44) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Ross Finnie, Iain Gray, Rhona Brankin

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 44-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 44-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill-The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 37A) (Executive Bill)


New amendments to Bills lodged on 27 November 2001

Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill - Stage 2

Section 2

    Peter Peacock

1 In section 2, page 2, line 17, at end insert-

<( ) Where a casual vacancy in the office of councillor has occurred during the period beginning on 2 November 2001 and ending on the date on which this Act comes into force-

(a) an election to fill the vacancy shall, notwithstanding section 37(2) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c.65) ("the 1973 Act") (which provides that a casual vacancy occurring within six months of the next ordinary local government election is not to be filled until that election), be held within three months of the date on which this Act comes into force, and the day on which the poll is to be held at the election shall be fixed by the returning officer; and

(b) section 37(1) of the 1973 Act (filling of vacancies occurring in the office of councillor) shall not apply in relation to that vacancy.

( ) In section 37(2) of the 1973 Act-

(a) after "the", where first occurring, there is inserted "relevant"; and

(b) the words "of the next ordinary election" are repealed.

( ) After section 37(2) of the 1973 Act there is inserted-

"(2A) For the purposes of subsection (2) above, the "relevant date" is-

(a) the first Thursday in May in the year in which the next ordinary election is to be held; or

(b) where, by virtue of subsection (1)(b) of section 43 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (c.2), the poll at that election is to be held on another day, that other day.".>

Section 3

    Peter Peacock

2 In section 3, page 2, line 33, at end insert-

<(3A) In paragraph (d) of section 36 of the 1973 Act, for "date of" there is substituted "day on which the poll was held at".

(3B) In subsection (1) of section 37 of the 1973 Act, for "day of" there is substituted "day on which the poll is to be held at the".>

    Peter Peacock

3 In section 3, page 2, line 35, after <(3)> insert <, and subsections (3A) and (3B),>

    Peter Peacock

4 In section 3, page 2, line 37, leave out <that subsection> and insert <subsection (3) above>

Section 4

    Mr Keith Harding

5 In section 4, page 3, line 27, at end insert-

<( ) in polling stations with polling booths designed for use by persons with disabilities, including wheelchair users;>

    Mr Keith Harding

6 In section 4, page 3, line 30, at end insert-

<( ) for ballot papers, official poll cards and other communications and information relating to voting arrangements to be available in formats suitable for persons with disabilities,>

Proposals for Members' Bills

Names marked with an asterisk (*) are new names of support. Proposals that have attracted 11 supporters have those supporters' names shown in bold. The member who lodged such a proposal has the right to introduce a Member's Bill to give effect to that proposal under rule 9.14.

Robin Harper: Proposed Organic Food and Farming Targets Bill-Proposal for a Bill to require the Scottish Executive (a) to establish targets to increase the proportion of land that is certified organic, by a specified date; and (b) to take steps including the preparation of an action plan to ensure those targets are met. (lodged 1 November 2001)

Supported by: Tavish Scott, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Dennis Canavan, Colin Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Kenny MacAskill, Bruce Crawford, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Sandra White, Maureen Macmillan, Lloyd Quinan, Ian Jenkins, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Murray Tosh*

Iain Smith: Proposed University of St. Andrews Medical Postgraduate Qualification Bill-Proposal for a Bill to amend the Universities (Scotland) Act 1966 to allow the University of St. Andrews to introduce a postgraduate research degree for qualified medical practitioners. (lodged 1 November 2001)

Supported by: Keith Raffan, Mr Keith Harding, Brian Monteith, Marilyn Livingstone, Murdo Fraser, Helen Eadie, Bruce Crawford, Margaret Smith, Tavish Scott, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Ian Jenkins, Scott Barrie, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil

Tricia Marwick: Proposed Proportional Representation for Local Government Bill-Proposal for a Bill to introduce proportional representation for Local Government elections based on the Single Transferable Vote System. (lodged 21 November 2001)

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich, Richard Lochhead, Bruce Crawford, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Morgan, Irene McGugan*

Ms Margo MacDonald: Proposed Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill-Proposal for a Bill to enable local authorities to designate areas within their boundaries inside which it would be legal to solicit. (lodged 26 November 2001)