January 2016

In addition to the work highlighted below, we also submitted evidence on the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill and the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill.  We also submitted stage 1 briefing on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill and the charity law sub-committee responded to an OSCR consultation on its draft Charity Trustee Guidance.  Full information on all of these and more on our website.

Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill

Our health and medical law committee submitted stage 3 amendments ahead of the stage 3 debate on 17 December.  We called for the legislation to be extended to cover e-cigarettes, until such time more research was undertaken as to their long term effects, as well as for the driver to be held vicariously liable for other smokers in the car, along with a statutory defence for the driver and other smokers if they reasonably believed their passengers were over the age of 18 or took reasonable action to prevent others from smoking.  These amendments were not taken forward by any MSPs, however Jackson Carlaw MSP tabled our last proposed amendment, which called for a review of the legislation after 5 years.  This was defeated during the debate. 

Our full evidence and amendments can be found on our website