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Section G – Bills

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 7 February 2005

Family Law (Scotland) Bill —A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the law in relation to marriage, divorce and the jurisdiction of the courts in certain consistorial actions; to amend the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981; to amend the law relating to the domicile of persons who are under 16 years of age; to make further provision as respects responsibilities and rights in relation to children; to make provision conferring rights in relation to property, succession and claims in damages for persons living, or having lived, together as if husband and wife; to amend Part 3 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004; to make provision in relation to certain rules of private international law relating to family law; to make incompetent actions for declarator of freedom and putting to silence; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 36) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Cathy Jamieson

Supported by: Peter Peacock, Malcolm Chisholm

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 36-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 36-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Members’ Bills Proposals

A Member who has lodged a proposal has the right to introduce a Member’s Bill to give effect to that proposal under Rule 9.14.12 of the Standing Orders provided:

  • the proposal has attracted 18 supporters which include members of at least half of the political parties or groups represented on the Parliamentary Bureau; and
  • the Scottish Executive has not given an indication under Rule 9.14.13 that it or Her Majesty’s Government will initiate legislation to give effect to the proposal.

The Bills page of the Parliamentary website shows the current status in this regard.

Names marked with an (*) are new names of support.

Mark Ruskell: Proposed Liability for Release of Genetically Modified Organisms (Scotland) Bill —Proposal for a Bill to amend the law of damages in relation to the release of genetically modified organisms by making the holder of the consent to release strictly liable for economic damages that result from GM contamination (lodged 25 January 2005)

A copy of the statement of reasons on why further consultation is not required lodged on 13 December 2004 is available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).

The Environment and Rural Development Committee indicated on 19 January 2005 that it was satisfied with those reasons.

A copy of the consultation paper together with copies of each response and a summary of all responses (including the conclusions drawn from those responses) are available in SPICe.