With a deadline of 14 August for submitting a response, there isn’t a lot of time to work through the (lengthy!) Bill and prepare and send comments to the committee. However, if you have some thoughts which you would like to share, please do not be put off by the tight timescale. This is a hugely important piece of legislation and anyone with an interest should think carefully about taking the opportunity to have a say.
The other point is that, if you do have something to say, it is very important that you do it now! It may surprise you to hear that, if the opportunity is not taken now, the scope for raising concerns at a later date is much more limited. For example, if amendments are introduced at the next parliamentary stage on a topic which concerns you, those amendments are unlikely to be subjected to the level of scrutiny you might expect. This means that, if you have a point to make on a particular issue, it is a good idea to raise it with the parliamentary committee now so that it is given consideration at an early stage. We have commented further on this on our website.
Amongst other things, in our own response we will be raising concerns about the scope of Ministerial powers within the Bill. We would urge you to raise your own concerns, whatever they are, before 14 August.
We’ll be blogging further on this shortly. In the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch with your usual contact at Brodies to discuss the Bill.
On July 30, 2015