About the Bill
A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for free period products for anyone who needs them.
Current Status of the Bill
This Member’s Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament by Monica Lennon MSP, on 23 April 2019.
The Parliamentary Bureau has designated the Local Government and Communities Committee as the lead Committee for the Bill.
Call for Written Evidence
The Committee launched a call for written evidence on Monday 16 September 2019 as part of its Stage 1 scrutiny of the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill. The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill was introduced into Parliament by Monica Lennon on 23 April 2019. The Bill's main policy objectives are to ensure that everyone in Scotland who needs to use period products can obtain them free of charge through a "period products scheme" which the Scottish Government would have to set up. The Bill requires primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities to make period products free in all appropriate toilets and enables Ministers to place a similar duty on other organisations. Those using the scheme must be able to obtain period products "reasonably easily" and with "reasonable privacy" and can choose to have products delivered or collected. The scheme must also ensure that a choice of different types of period products are available. Under the Bill, Scottish Ministers must publicise the scheme and may compensate those obliged to provide free products.
Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee setting out their views on the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill. These views will then inform the Committee’s scrutiny of the Bill. The call for written evidence closes on Tuesday 5 November 2019.
Read the call for evidence.