Committee Updates April 2015

Inquiry into the procedures for considering legislation in the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee undertook an inquiry into the legislative processes of the Scottish Parliament last year, and published its report this month.  We submitted written evidence to the inquiry and our director of law reform Michael Clancy gave oral evidence.  We were pleased to see in the report a number of mentions of our concerns and suggestions, and the acknowledgement that stage 3 of the legislative process is the one that could benefit most from improvement.  It was stated in the report: “The Law Society of Scotland summed up the views of many people in a written submission— “This is the area with the greatest potential for improvement””

The full report can be found on the Scottish Parliament website and our written evidence and a link to our oral evidence can be found on our website