Housing (Scotland) Bill


Stage 1 Scrutiny by the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee (lead committee)

A Bill to make provision about housing, including provision about the abolition of the right to buy, social housing, the law affecting private housing, the regulation of letting agents and the licensing of sites for mobile homes.

The Bill was introduced on 21 November 2013 by Nicola Sturgeon MSP,  and was subsequently referred to this Committee as the lead committee for Stage 1 scrutiny by the Parliamentary Bureau on  4 December 2013.

The Bill and other documents can be found here.


The Committee agreed its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1 at its meeting on 18 December 2013, and took oral evidence from witnesses throughout January, February and March 2014.

On 20th December 2013 the Committee launched its Call for Views, and recieved 105 witten responses in total. You can read the call for views at the following link:

Read the call for views

Written evidence

Read the written submissions received

Oral evidence

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Wednesday 22 January 2014

Wednesday 29 January 2014

Wednesday 05 February 2014

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Monday 24 February 2014

Wednesday 05 March 2014

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Additional evidence

Work By Other Committees

The Finance Committee and the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee reported to the ICI Committee financial and subordinate legislation aspects of the Bill respectively. These reports can be found below



The ICI Committee's Stage 1 Report on the Housing (Scotland) Bill can be accessed at the following link:

Stage 1 Report on the Housing (Scotland) Bill

On 2 May 2014 the Committee received the Scottish Government's response to the Stage 1 report.


The debate on the Committee's Stage 1 Report on the Housing (Scotland) Bill was held on Thursday 24 April 2014. Please see the following link for the official report:

Official Report, Chamber debate on Housing (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 report, 24 April 2014

Stage 3 of the Housing (Scotland) Bill was debated and passed on 25 June 2014.

Official Report, Chamber debate on Housing (Scotland) Bill 25 June 2014

Additional Information

During the course of evidence taking on the Bill, the Committee held an external Committee meeting as part of Parliament Day in Dumbarton on 24th February 2014, and took evidence on aspects of the Housing (Scotland) Bill during that session.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre briefing on the Housing (Scotland) Bill can be accessed here.

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