Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill - Call for views

About the Bill

The Bill provides for the modernising, consolidating and extending of hate crime legislation in Scotland.

The Bill and accompanying documents can be found here.

Current Status of the Bill

This Goverment Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf MSP on 23 April 2020.

Stage 1

The Justice Committee is the designated lead Committee for Stage 1 scrutiny.

Financial Memorandum

As with all Bills, the Finance and Constitution Committee invites written evidence on the estimated financial implications of the Bill as set out in its accompanying Financial Memorandum (FM).

The Financial Memorandum (FM) published alongside the Bill sets out the estimated costs of introducing the legislation and the additional receipts that are expected to be generated as a result of the changes proposed. Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data.

Please note that in most cases your written submission will be published on the Scottish Parliament's website and may be quoted in the Committee's report or in Committee meetings (which are public and broadcast). Please use the questionnaire provided for your submission.

FM Questionnaire

The deadline to submit your views was Friday, 24 July 2020.


Calls for views received

South Lanarkshire Council (76KB PDF)

Scottish Police Federation (108KB PDF)

Comhairle's (110KB PDF)

Police Scotland (99KB PDF)

Stirling Council (132KB PDF)


We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. Due to the time required to process and analyse evidence, late submissions will only be accepted with the agreement of the Committee Clerk.

Written responses should be sent electronically, to [email protected].

Ideally submissions should be no more than four sides of A4.

If you cannot submit electronically, you may send in a hard copy of the written submission.

Please send them to:

The Finance and Constitution Committee Room T3.60

The Scottish Parliament

EH99 1SP.


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