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Section G – Bills

New amendments to Bills lodged on 27 January 2005

Further and Higher Education ( Scotland) Bill – Stage 2

Section 7

Michael Matheson

6 In section 7, page 4, line 2, at end insert—

<( ) procedures to ensure that academic staff employed by the body have freedom within the law to question and test received wisdom, and to put forward new ideas and controversial or unpopular opinions, without placing themselves in jeopardy of losing their jobs or privileges they may have at the body;>

Members’ Bills Proposals

A Member who has lodged a proposal has the right to introduce a Member’s Bill to give effect to that proposal under Rule 9.14.12 of the Standing Orders provided:

  • the proposal has attracted 18 supporters which include members of at least half of the political parties or groups represented on the Parliamentary Bureau; and
  • the Scottish Executive has not given an indication under Rule 9.14.13 that it or Her Majesty’s Government will initiate legislation to give effect to the proposal.

The Bills page of the Parliamentary website shows the current status in this regard.

Names marked with an (*) are new names of support.

Mark Ruskell: Proposed Liability for Release of Genetically Modified Organisms (Scotland) Bill —Proposal for a Bill to amend the law of damages in relation to the release of genetically modified organisms by making the holder of the consent to release strictly liable for economic damages that result from GM contamination (lodged 25 January 2005)

A copy of the statement of reasons on why further consultation is not required lodged on 13 December 2004 is available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).

The Environment and Rural Development Committee indicated on 19 January 2005 that it was satisfied with those reasons.

A copy of the consultation paper together with copies of each response and a summary of all responses (including the conclusions drawn from those responses) are available in SPICe.



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