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Section J – Progress of Legislation

For further information on the progress of Bills and subordinate legislation, contact either the relevant clerk or webpage (see end of Bulletin for details).

Bills in Progress

A list of all bills in progress can be accessed by the Scottish Parliament website at

For each Bill, the date of the next (or most recent) event in the Bill’s passage is given. Other relevant information, e.g. about lodging amendments, is given in italics.

As soon as a Public Bill (i.e. an Executive, Committee or Member’s Bill) has completed Stage 1, amendments for consideration at Stage 2 may be lodged; and as soon as Stage 2 is completed, amendments for Stage 3 consideration may be lodged. The last lodging day for amendments at Stage 2 is two sitting days before the meeting at which those amendments will be considered (e.g. Friday for a meeting on Tuesday); at Stage 3 it is three days before. Amendments may be lodged until 4.30 pm on any sitting day, except on the last lodging day for Stage 2, when the deadline is 2 pm. Members are advised to lodge amendments in good time before the beginning of a Stage and as early as possible during the day.

Amendments to Private Bills are subject to equivalent deadlines, except that Consideration Stage amendments may not be lodged until the consideration of evidence at that Stage is completed, and only by members of the Private Bill Committee.

(Ex) = Executive Bill; (M) = Member’s Bill; (C) = Committee Bill; (P) = Private Bill.

Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill (P)

Introduced 27 October

Objection period ended on 7 January

Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill (M)

Passed 18 November

Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Communities)) 12 January

Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill (M)

Introduced 11 November

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (P)

Preliminary Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee) 11 January

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (P)

Preliminary Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee) 12 January

Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Passed 22 December

Fire (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 (Day 1) (Justice 2 Committee) 18 January

Amendments to ss. 1 – 4, sch. 1 and ss. 5 – 48 should be lodged by 12 noon on 13 January with the clerks to the committee

Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 20 January

Stage 1 Report – Enterprise and Culture Committee

(12th Report, 2004)

Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Education)) 12 January

Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Equal Opportunities)) 11 January

Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 Report (Health Committee) to be published 11 January

Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Local Government & Transport)) 23 November

Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences

(Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Justice 1)) 12 January

Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Health)) 11 January

Transport (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Local Government and Transport)) 18 January

Stage 1 (evidence, (Enterprise and Culture Committee)) 18 January

Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 completed 15 December

Stage 3 amendments may now be lodged with the clerks to the Environment and Rural Development Committee

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)

Preliminary Stage (Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee) 14 December

Subordinate legislation in progress

(date of laying) (Lead Committee)

Affirmative Instruments

Subject to approval by resolution by 20 January 2005

The draft Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2004 (Incidental, Supplemental and Consequential Provisions) Order 2005 (30 November 2004) (Justice 1)

Subject to approval by resolution by 29 January 2005

The draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications to Schedule 5) Order 2005 (9 December 2004) (Justice 2)

The draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005 (9 December 2004) (Justice 2)

Subject to approval by resolution by 30 January 2005

The draft Council Tax (Discount for Unoccupied Dwellings) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (10 December 2004) (Local Government and Transport)

Subject to approval by resolution by 5 February 2005

The draft Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (16 December 2004) (Environment and Rural Development)

Negative Instruments

Subject to annulment by 16 January 2005

The Building Standards Advisory Committee (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/506) (26 November 2004) (Communities)

The Building (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/508) (26 November 2004) (Communities)

Subject to annulment by 20 January 2005

The Control of Volatile Organic Compounds (Petrol Vapour Recovery) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/512) (30 November 2004) (Environment and Rural Development)

The Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2004 (SSI 2004/513) (30 November 2004) (Justice 1)

The Water Environment (Register of Protected Areas) (Scotland) Regulations (SSI 2004/516) (30 November 2004) (Environment and Rural Development)

Subject to annulment by 21 January 2005

The Common Agricultural Policy Schemes (Cross-Compliance) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/518) (1 December 2004) (Environment and Rural Development)

The Road User Charging (Exemption from Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/519) (1 December 2004) (Local Government and Transport)

Subject to annulment by 22 January 2005

The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/520) (2 December 2004) (Environment and Rural Development)

The Race Relations Act 1976 (Statutory Duties) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004 (SSI 2004/521) (2 December 2004) (Equal Opportunities)

The Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 Determination Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/523) (2 December 2004) (Education)

The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/524) (2 December 2004) (Health)

The Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/525) (2 December 2004) (Health)

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Protection of Children) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/526) (2 December 2004) (Justice 2)

The Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/527) (2 December 2004) (Justice 2)

Part 1 Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: Draft Guidance for Local Authorities and National Park Authorities (SE/2004/276) (2 December 2004) (Justice 1)

Subject to annulment by 28 January 2005

The Salmonella in Laying Flocks (Sampling Powers) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/536) (8 December 2004) (Environment and Rural Development)

Subject to annulment by 5 February 2005

The General Teaching Council for Scotland Election Scheme 2004 Approval Order 2004 (16 December 2004) (Education)

Subject to annulment by 5 February 2005

The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Devolved Public Bodies) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/543) (17 December 2004) (Local Government and Transport)

Subject to annulment by 11 February 2005

The Sweeteners in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/548) (22 December 2004)

The Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 (Compensation for Inadequate Professional Services) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/550) (22 December 2004)

The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Notice of Potential Liability for Costs) Amendment Order 2004 (SSI 2004/552) (22 December 2004)

Contacts for Further Information

All telephone numbers 0131 348 XXXX

Web site:

General Enquiries



Chamber Desk (Motions and Questions)


Parliamentary Business Team (Chamber, Parliamentary Bureau)


Committee web sites (all then to reach a particular page, add the path shown in the end column)










Enterprise and Culture/



Environment and Rural Development/



Equal Opportunities/



European and External Relations/









Justice 1/



Justice 2/



Local Government and Transport/






Public Petitions/






Subordinate Legislation/



The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill/



The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill/



Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill/



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