Budget (Scotland) Bill (E)


Outcome: E

A Bill to make provision, for financial year 2008/09, for the use of resources by the Scottish Administration and certain bodies whose expenditure is payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund, for authorising the payment of sums out of the Fund and for the maximum amounts of borrowing by certain statutory bodies; to make provision, for financial year 2009/10, for authorising the payment of sums out of the Fund on a temporary basis; and for connected purposes.

Current Status of the Bill

The Bill received Royal Assent on 12 March 2008.

Introduction of the Bill

This Budget Bill was introduced by John Swinney MSP on 17 January 2008.

Procedure for Budget Bills

The introduction and passage of a Budget Bill through the Parliament is the final part of the Scottish Budget Process. More information on the Scottish Budget Process is available on the Finance Committee's webpages:

Finance Committee - scrutiny of the Scottish Budget 2008-09

Budget Bills go through the same three legislative stages as other Bills, but are subject to special procedures under the Parliament’s Standing Orders. In particular, there is an accelerated timescale, no Stage 1 report is required and only the Scottish Government may lodge amendments to the Bill.

Research Briefings on Bill


Stage 1

Stage 1 proceedings at meeting of Parliament (23 January 2008)

The Bill competed Stage 1 on 23 January 2008.

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After Stage 1

The Subordinate Legislation Committee considered the delegated powers provisions in the Bill on 29 January 2008.

Subordinate Legislation Committee meeting, 29 January 2008

Subordinate Legislation Committee report on the delegated powers provisions in the Budget (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2

The Stage 2 of a Budget Bill is taken by the Finance Committee.  The Stage 2 meeting was held on 29 January 2008.

Finance Committee meeting, 29 January 2008

A Marshalled List and groupings were not produced for this meeting as no amendments were lodged at Stage 2.

The Bill passed Stage 2 on 29 January 2008.  An 'As Amended' version of the Bill was not produced for this Stage as no amendments were lodged.

Stage 3


The Scottish Government lodged 6 amendments to the Bill at Stage 3.  The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth sent a letter regarding the amendments to the Convener of the Finance Committee.

The Bill passed Stage 3 on 6 February 2008.

Bill (As Passed) (1.64MB pdf posted 07 February 2008)

Royal Assent

The Bill received Royal Assent on 12 March 2008.

Budget (Scotland) Act 2008 (asp 2)


The following volume, published on 25 April 2013, contains all the material relevant to the passage of this Bill:

Passage of the Bill: summary

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