Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

Scotrail trains in a station

A Bill for an Act of Parliament to make provision about the arrangements for the Police Service of Scotland to police railways and railway property; and for connected purposes.

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP on 8 December 2016. 

Read the Railway Policing (Scotland)Bill and its accompanying documents

Stage 1

The Justice Committee was designated lead committee for the Bill by the Parliamentary Bureau on 13 December 2016. 


The Committee began taking evidence on the Bill on 7 March 2017.

Background information

This information was provided by Dr Kath Murray and was not commissioned by the Committee. It is published for information only.




The above letter from the Minister for Transport and the Islands (20 February 2018) refers to a Q&A issued by the Joint Programme Board for officers and staff, agreed and published in December 2017. This can be accessed below:


The Committee published its Stage 1 Report on the Bill on 28 April 2017.


Consideration of the Bill at Stage 1 concluded with the debate in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on 9 May 2017.

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