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Section G – Bills

Draft Proposal for Members’ Bills

David Mundell: Proposed Local Government Elections (Scotland) Bill—Draft proposal for a Bill to provide for local government elections to be held on different dates from Scottish Parliamentary elections and to delay the next local government election until 2008. (lodged 18 February 2005)

A copy of the consultation document can be found on the Bills page of the Parliament’s website and in SPICe.

Adam Ingram: Proposed Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill—Draft proposal for a Bill to create a Civil Appeals Committee in the Court of Session as a final appeal procedure in Scottish civil cases. (lodged 18 February 2005)

The statement of reasons why, in the member’s opinion, further consultation is not necessary for the draft proposal can be found on the Bills page of the Parliament’s website and in SPICe.

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.