March 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including the Criminal Verdicts Bill, LBTT Amendment Bill and post-legislative scrutiny of the Family Law Act 2006.

Other key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website

Scotland Bill

The Scotland Bill, which seeks to implement the Smith Commission Report and expand the powers of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Ministers, has now been considered by the House of Lords. The Committee and Report stages completed in February but issues remained concerning the extent to which the bill placed the Sewel convention fully on a statutory footing.

Our concerns about clause 68, which provides the Secretary of State with excessively wide order making powers, were echoed by others and noted by the UK Government. The Minister, Lord Dunlop undertook to bring forward Government amendments at Third Reading to amend the bill.

Links to more information about the bill can be found on our website