SCRAP Prescription Charges

The weblog of the Scottish Campaign to Remove All Prescription Charges. Keeping you updated on all the news about Colin Fox MSP's bill to the Scottish Parliament.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Parliament Bills Move

BBC Independent MSPs and smaller parties are claiming the Scottish Parliament's Corporate Body (SPCB) is trying to make it harder for them to present bills.

The SPCB, which boasts representatives from the four main parties, wants to tighten the rules on independent legislation.

Critics said the plans were designed to prevent minority parties from presenting bills of any significance.

But the SPCB said limits on independent bills amounted to good housekeeping.

Independent legislation has brought about a ban on dog fouling, and could bring the abolition of prescription charges.

Now the size, scope and complexity of a bill will be taken into account before it is approved.

The main parties said the plans were in response to growing pressure on the parliament's legislative support unit.

But Green MSP Chris Ballance said it would be a backward move towards the old Westminster model of government.

posted by Alister at 1:44 pm