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Business Bulletin No. 19/2003

Thursday 30 January 2003



Mental Health (Scotland) Bill - Stage 2

On the fifth day of consideration of the Bill at Stage 2 the Health and Community Care Committee reached the end of section 168 of the Bill. The Committee will be meeting twice next week to consider the Bill, on Tuesday 4 February and on Wednesday 5 February. The last day on which amendments may be lodged for the 6th Marshalled List is therefore Friday 31 January and the last day for lodging amendments for the 7th Marshalled List is Monday 3 February. Amendments may be lodged until 4.30 pm on any sitting day, except on the last day when amendments may be lodged, when the deadline is 2.00 pm (Rule 9.10.2). Members are advised to lodge amendments as early as possible during the day.

The Committee will not proceed beyond the end of section 212 on either day. The Committee will only meet on Wednesday 5 February if it does not reach section 212 on Tuesday 4 February. Members are therefore encouraged to lodge any further amendments to sections 169 to 212 by 2.00 pm on Friday 31 January. Any amendments lodged after 2.00 pm on Friday 31 January will only be included in the 7th Marshalled List if the point in the Bill to which they relate is not reached during the meeting on Tuesday 4 February.

Amendments should be lodged with the clerks to the Committee, Jennifer Smart (Room 2.5 Committee Chambers, extn. 85210), Peter McGrath (Room 2.5 extn. 85224) and Graeme Elliott (Room 2.5 extn. 85247). The clerks should be consulted on the wording and admissibility of amendments.