Committee Bill on financial assistance for opposition parties



At its meeting on 12 September 2019, the Committee agreed to instruct a Committee Bill to transfer responsibility for setting the terms of the funding of non-government political parties – the provision of so-called “Short money” - from the Scottish Government to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. 

Policy development

The Committee wrote to MSPs, political parties and MSPs, the Scottish Parliament’s Parliamentary Bureau, the Scottish Government and the Electoral Commission to seek views on the proposed Bill. 

Consultation letter (150KB pdf)

The Committee received the following consultation responses.

Committee Proposal Report

The Committee published its report on a proposal for a Committee Bill, which contained a draft Bill, on 5 February 2020. The report sought the Parliament’s approval to introduce a Bill which would give effect to the proposal contained in the report.

Parliamentary scrutiny

The Parliament debated the Committee’s proposal report on 25 February 2020 and agreed to the Committee’s proposal to introduce a Bill to giving effect to the policy set out in its report.

The Parliament debated the Bill’s general principles on 10 September 2020. The Parliament agreed to the Bill’s general principles.

The Bill was passed on 2 February 2021 and received Royal Assent on 22 March 2021



for further information on the work of the Committee you can contact the Clerks on 0131 348 6924 or by e-mail at: [email protected] 

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