Committee calls for evidence on Referendum Bill

21.03.2013

The Scottish Parliament committee charged with scrutinising the legislation to hold an independence referendum has issued a call for evidence on the Bill.

Introduced and published in Parliament today (21 March), the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill provides for the referendum to be held on Thursday 18 September 2014.

Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee Convener Bruce Crawford MSP said the Bill must command the confidence of Parliament and the Scottish people.

Views are sought on the Bill from all interested individuals and organisations no later than 6 June 2013.

Mr Crawford said:

“All members of this committee are acutely aware of the historic significance of this Bill.   We want to ensure that the legislation when passed secures not only the support of Parliament, but commands the confidence of the Scottish people.”

The committee plans to take oral evidence on the Bill during May, and to report to Parliament immediately after the summer recess (i.e. in early September 2013).

Background

The call for evidence can be found on the committee’s webpage:
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/55798.aspx

The Committee’s role is to scrutinise the legislation (and not the arguments for and against independence itself).  Evidence is particularly sought on:

  • the date of the referendum and the wording of the question
  • the conduct rules
  • the campaign rules
  • the role of the Electoral Commission
  • the proposed limits on funding for campaign organisations and political parties.

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