Referendums (Scotland) Bill - Call for Evidence


About the Inquiry

The Scottish Government introduced the Referendums (Scotland) Bill on 28 May 2019. The Explanatory Notes to the Bill describes its purpose as:

  • providing a legislative framework for referendums; and
  • giving Scottish Ministers the power, by regulations, to provide for the holding of referendums throughout Scotland within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament.

The Finance and Constitution Committee is the ‘lead committee’ for the Bill and will consider and report on its general principles to the Parliament. Given the Bill confers a number of delegated powers on Scottish Ministers, the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee’s remit is engaged. 


At its meeting on 25 June 2019, the Committee agreed to:
  • write to the Scottish Government seeking additional information on the proposed delegated powers in the Bill;
  • invite the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations to give evidence at a future meeting; and
  • issue a targeted call for written evidence.

The call for evidence sets out the areas that the Committee is particularly interested in receiving evidence. For full details click here.


Read the submissions received below:

1. Law Society of Scotland (384KB pdf)