Scottish Law Commission Working Group


About the Inquiry

Background to the Working Group

At its meeting on Tuesday 12 March 2019 the Committee agreed that the current criteria for the referral to the Committee of Scottish Law Commission (SLC) Bills were worthy of further review. The Committee agreed that a working group to consider the issue in more detail should be established.

At its meeting on Tuesday 21 May 2019 the Committee agreed the following remit and membership of the working group.


To review the Presiding Officer’s criteria for designating Bills as Scottish Law Commission Bills which may be referred to the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee for scrutiny and to make any recommendations on potential changes to the Committee for its consideration.


Officials from the Scottish Law Commission, Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament.


The SLC Bill process was designed to improve the implementation rate of SLC reports. The working group considered:

- how effective the referral criteria and wider SLC Bill process have been in meeting that aim; and

- whether there are any ways in which the process for the referral and consideration of SLC Bills could be improved.

The working group sought the views of interested parties of the effectiveness of the SLC Bill process. The Committee's Call for Evidence provides further details.

The working group received four written submissions:


Report and further work

The Working Group reported its findings to the Committee in February 2020. The Committee considered the report and, in light of that review, published a report in November 2020 which recommended the Presiding Officer's determination for an SLC Bill is revised from the beginning of Session 6.

The Committee wrote to the Presiding Officer and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. In December 2020, the Presiding Officer wrote to the SPPA Committee inviting it to examine the findings of the DPLR Committee’s report.

The Convener gave evidence to the SPPA Committee on Thursday 14 January 2021. The SPPA Committee considered the DPLR Committee’s review in the context of the Standing Order Rule and wrote to the Presiding Officer to confirm that it was content with the revised determination.

A revised determination was published in the Business Bulletin on Tuesday 23 March 2021.




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