Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill


Stage 1 scrutiny by the Justice Committee


The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 17 January 2012.

The purpose of this Scottish Government Bill is to create a single police service and a single fire and rescue service. Part 1 of the Bill, on Police Reform, puts in place new arrangements for the structure, governance and management of policing in Scotland. Part 2, on Fire and Rescue Reform, amends the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 to establish the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and transfers to it firefighting, fire safety and other functions in that Act. Part 3 of the Bill makes a number of general and supplementary provisions.


Written evidence

The Committee issued a call for evidence on 17 January 2012.

Read the call for evidence

Read the written submissions received

Oral evidence

The Committee took oral evidence at its meetings on 28 February, 6, 13, 20 and 27 March 2012.

Read the meeting papers and the Official Report


The Committee published its report to the Scottish Parliament on 2 May 2012.

Read the Justice Committee's 4th Report, 2012 (Session 4), Stage 1 Report on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 120)

Read the news release about the report



Consideration of the Bill at Stage 1 concluded with the debate in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on 10 May 2012.

Additional Information


Fire (Scotland) Bill 2005

The parts of the Bill relating to fire and rescue services contain amendments and repeals of the main existing piece of primary legislation, the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005. To aid scrutiny of the Bill by the Parliament and interested parties, the Scottish Government has produced an updated version of that Act which incorporates the changes that the Bill proposes to make.


In the updated version, changes proposed to be made by the Bill are shown in the following ways—

• inserted and substituted text is shown in red and underlined
• repealed text is struck through or (for whole sections) shown as a dotted line

Please note that this version of the Act has been produced for illustrative purposes only and, while every effort has been made to ensure that it is accurate, its accuracy is not guaranteed. It is not an official parliamentary document.

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