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Business Bulletin No. 6/2003

Monday 13 January 2003



Land Reform (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3

Stage 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill will take place on Wednesday 22 January and Thursday 23 January. Amendments should be lodged with the clerks to the Justice 2 Committee, Gillian Baxendine (Room 3.09, Committee Chambers, extn. 85054), Irene Fleming (Room 3.10, extn. 85220) and Richard Hough (Room 3.10, extn. 85047). The clerks should be consulted on the wording and admissibility of amendments.

Amendments may be lodged until 4.30 pm on any sitting day. Members are advised to lodge amendments in good time before the beginning of the Stage, and as early as possible during the day

The deadline for lodging amendments at Stage 3 is three days before each day of proceedings at the Stage (Rule 9.10.2A). The last day on which amendments may be lodged for proceedings on Wednesday 22 January is therefore Friday 17 January and the last day on which amendments may be lodged for proceedings on Thursday 23 January is Monday 20 January. It will only be possible for the Parliament to consider on Thursday 23 January amendments lodged on Monday 20 January if the point in the Bill to which they relate is not reached on Wednesday 22 January. Until the Parliament has agreed a timetabling motion on the Bill (which is expected to be earlier on Wednesday 22 January), it is impossible to say how far through the Bill the Parliament will proceed on that day. In order to minimise the risk of any selected amendments not being called for this reason, members are advised to lodge all amendments to the Bill, particularly amendments to Part 1, by 4.30 pm on Friday 17 January.