This week in the Scottish Parliament 4th May 2015


The carers bill, assisted suicide, smoking in cars and British sign language feature in the Holyrood diary

Report scrutinising assisted suicide proposals published
The Health and Sport Committee has published a report scrutinising proposals to legalise assisted suicide.

Call for views on Smoking Prohibition Bill
The Health and Sport Committee has called for views on legislation which will create a new criminal offence for adults who smoke in a motor vehicle in the presence of a child.

Engagement with BSL users needed
The Education and Culture Committee’s report on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill has called for a commitment from public bodies to consult British Sign Language (BSL) users on new measures to promote and raise awareness of BSL.


British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill – stage 1 debate scheduled for 5 May 2015
Pentland Hills Regional Park Boundary Bill – introduced on 30 April 2015


The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has produced three new briefing this week:

SB 15-24 Carers (Scotland) Bill
SB 15-23 Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Bill
SB 15-22 Harbours (Scotland) Bill

Committee Meeting

Health and Sport Committee on the 5 May 2015 on
Carers (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence, in round-table format, on the Bill at Stage 1 from– Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE); Carers Scotland; Carers Trust Scotland;The Coalition of Carers in Scotland; Scottish Transitions Forum; Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project (MECOPP); and Shared Care Scotland.