Annex J: Distribution of documents
Presiding Officer determination (Private Bills): Distribution of Bill and certain accompanying documents
The Presiding Officer has determined under Rule 9A.2.3(d)(v) of Standing Orders the following criteria for the premises where the Private Bill and accompanying documents are to be available for inspection.
If the Bill is a Bill to which Rule 9A.1.1A applies—
· all public libraries within the area in which works are proposed, or in which the land or buildings which are to be compulsorily acquired or used are situated, plus (if that is fewer than three)
· as many outside that area but reasonably close to it as are necessary to make the total up to three.
If the Bill is not a Bill to which Rule 9A.1.1A applies and the promoter is a local authority, three premises within the authority’s area which are either public libraries or appropriate premises.
If the Bill is not a Bill to which Rule 9A.1.1A applies and the promoter is an organisation (other than a local authority) with a remit or functions limited to a specific geographical area—
· if that area falls within a single Scottish Parliament constituency, one public library or appropriate premises within (or close to) that area
· for each Scottish Parliament constituency which includes part of that area (up to a maximum of six), one public library or appropriate premises that is both within (or close to) that area and within (or close to) the constituency.
In any other case, one public library or appropriate premises within each of the Scottish Parliament regions.
In this determination—
“appropriate premises” means premises (such as an office or shop) owned or occupied by or on behalf of the promoter and open to the public without charge at reasonable times
the Scottish Parliament regions are the eight electoral regions defined in Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998.