Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

This Member's Bill was introduced by Daniel Johnson MSP on 10 October 2019. The aim of the Bill is to give greater protection in law to retail workers, particularly where they are providing goods and services that are age restricted. 

SPICe Briefings

SPICe published a briefing on the Bill:

Stage 1

The Committee launched a call for views on 15 November 2019 and the deadline for responses was 31 January 2020. 

Stage 2

 The Committee considered amendments to the Bill at Stage 2 on 17 November 2020

Stage 3

Stage 3 was considered on 19 January 2021


The Committee took evidence on the Bill from stakeholders on 3 March 2020. You can read the transcript of what was said during the meeting in the Official Report. 

  • Law Society of Scotland;
  • Police Scotland;
  • Scottish Grocers' Federation;
  • Scottish Retail Consortium;
  • The Scottish Beer and Pub Association;
  • Co-operative Group;
  • Usdaw, and
  • GMB Scotland.

Official Report 3 March 2020

On 6 May the Committee took evidence from the Minister for Community Safety.

Official Report 6 May 2020

On 13 May the Committee took evidence from Daniel Johnson, the Member in charge of the Bill.

Official Report 13 May 2020


On the 27th to the 29th of February 2020, the Scottish Parliament's Engagement and Outreach teams set-up a "pop-up Parliament" stand in the Piazza Shopping Centre in Paisley. They asked retail workers and shoppers what they thought about the Bill. A note summarising the points raised will be considered as evidence contributing to the Committee's work.

The Scottish Youth Parliament asked young people how they felt about the Bill through an online survey. The responses were compiled in a summary.


The Non-Government Bills Unit wrote to the Committee with the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) for the Member's Bill.

The Scottish Government provided a memorandum to assist consideration of the Bill.

Daniel Johnson, the Member in Charge of the Bill wrote to the Committee on 1 June 2020.


The Committee reported on 30 June 2020.


The Stage 1 debate took place on 24 September 2020. MSPs voted on the general principles of the Bill and agreed that the Bill could continue to Stage 2.  

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