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Business Bulletin No. 132/2002

Thursday 19 September 2002



Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

Amendments for Stage 2 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill may now be lodged with the clerks to the Justice 2 Committee, Gillian Baxendine, Clerk to the Committee (Room 3.09 Committee Chambers, extn. 85054), Irene Fleming, Senior Assistant Clerk (Room 3.10, extn. 85220) or Richard Hough, Assistant Clerk (Room 3.10, extn. 85047). The clerks should be consulted about the wording and admissibility of amendments.

No date for the first day of Stage 2 has yet been set. However, Stage 2 will not begin before the October recess. Further details will be announced in the Business Bulletin in due course.

The deadline for lodging amendments for each day of proceedings at Stage 2 is two days before the relevant day of proceedings. Amendments may be lodged until 4.30 pm on any sitting day (or day of recess when the office of Clerk is open), except on the last day when amendments may be lodged for the day of proceedings at the Stage, when the deadline is 2.00 pm (Rule 9.10.2). Members are advised to lodge amendments in good time before the beginning of the Stage, and as early as possible during the day.

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

On the fourth day of consideration of the Bill at Stage 2, the Justice 2 Committee reached the end of section 8. The Committee has agreed to meet twice next week to consider the bill at Stage 2. The fifth day will take place on Tuesday 24 September and the sixth day on Wednesday 25 September. The last day on which amendments may be lodged for the 5th Marshalled List is therefore Friday 20 September and the last day for lodging amendments for the 6th Marshalled List is Monday 23 September. Amendments may be lodged until 4.30 pm on any sitting day, except on the last day when amendments may be lodged, when the deadline is 2.00 pm (Rule 9.10.2).

The Committee will not proceed beyond the end of Part 1 of the Bill on either day. Only if the Committee does not reach the end of Part 1 on Tuesday will it meet again on Wednesday. Members are therefore encouraged to lodge any further amendments to sections 9 to 29 by 2.00 pm on Friday. Any amendments lodged after 2.00 pm on Friday but before 2.00 pm on Monday will only be included in the Marshalled List for Wednesday's proceedings if the point in the Bill to which they relate is not reached during Tuesday's meeting.

Amendments should be lodged with the clerks to the Committee, Gillian Baxendine (Room 3.09, Committee Chambers, extn. 85054), Irene Fleming (Room 3.10, extn. 85220) or Richard Hough (Room 3.10, extn. 85047). The clerks should be consulted about the wording and admissibility of amendments.


On the 25th April 2001 the Presiding Officer made thirteen determinations under Rule 9A of the Standing Orders dealing with Private Bills. One of these determinations, on the advertisement of intention to introduce a Private Bill, has been amended and is reproduced below. The amendments include reference to payment of a fee for lodging an objection and the existence of admissibility criteria for objections.


The Presiding Officer has determined under Rule 9A.2.3(d)(iv) of the Standing Orders, the arrangements to be made by the promoter of a Private Bill, in advertising their intention to introduce a Private Bill.

To comply with this requirement, an advertisement must be given in two newspapers circulating in the area affected by the proposed Bill. Where the proposed Bill is not limited in territorial extent, both newspapers must be newspapers circulating throughout Scotland. The advertisement must appear in two issues of each newspaper, at least one week apart, both issues published prior to the Bill's introduction.

In addition, arrangements must be made by the promoter for a notice to be displayed in each partner library in the area(s) affected by the Bill or, in a case where there is no area affected by the Bill, to any Parliament Partner Library that is in the constituency in which any person or body whose interests are affected resides or has a place of business. The notice must contain at least all of the information contained in the newspaper advertisement. Such notices must be displayed from no later than two weeks prior to the proposed date of introduction of the Bill.

The newspaper advertisement must be headed "Notice of proposed Private Bill" and shall contain the following information-

  • the name of the promoter;

  • the short title of the proposed Bill;

  • a concise summary in non-technical language of the Bill's purposes;

  • a list of all the accompanying documents to the Bill;

  • details of the premises where copies of the Bill and accompanying documents will be available for inspection or purchase;

  • that there will be a 60-day period after introduction during which objections may be lodged;

  • that details of the admissibility criteria for objections are available from the clerks at the Non-Executive Bills Unit;

  • that objections must be accompanied by the lodging fee of *;

  • the name and contact details of the promoter (or employee or agent) from whom additional information about the content of the Bill may be obtained; and

  • contact details for the clerks in the Non-Executive Bills Unit, stating that they are the persons with whom objections may be lodged and from whom additional information, including detailed guidance about the procedures and an information leaflet for objectors can be obtained.

In this determination,

"Parliamentary Parliament Library" means the libraries that are specified in the Annexe to the determination, Distribution of Private Bill and Accompanying Documents.

* current amount to be inserted by the promoter.