Committee Updates July 2015

Scotland Bill

Our constitutional law committee promoted 14 amendments to the Scotland Bill ahead of committee stage at Westminster, all of which were tabled for debate by opposition members. 

The amendments focussed on the issues surrounding the permanency of the Scottish Parliament, and our proposed new wording would remove any doubt concerning as to permanency.  We also promoted amendments concerning the Sewel Convention, suggesting wording which, in our view, would make the provision more robust in ensuring the Westminster parliament would not legislate on devolved matters with the consent of the Scottish Parliament. 

We have also called for the regulation of estate agents to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament, which would allow the Scottish Parliament to make law relating to estate agents which would be more closely aligned to the Scottish legal system and the needs of consumers in Scotland. 

All our briefings and amendments can be found on our website