Scottish Government Seeking Views on Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) Bill

15th February 2022 | COVID-19 Scotland

Bill Overview

The Scottish Government was given temporary, emergency powers to respond to COVID-19. These powers will expire unless new primary legislation is passed. The Scottish Government has introduced this Bill to make some of the temporary powers permanent and to extend others. The Bill covers a wide range of policy areas, including:

  • alcohol licensing
  • bankruptcy
  • civic licensing
  • courts, tribunals and parole boards
  • criminal justice and proceeds of crime
  • education (powers to close establishments and ensure continuity of education)
  • freedom of information
  • legal aid
  • named persons nomination
  • public health
  • registration of deaths, still-births and live births
  • tenancies and evictions
  • vaccinations and immunisations


Scrutiny by policy committees – share your views

The Bill is being scrutinised by the COVID-19 Recovery Committee (lead committee), supported by the Criminal Justice Committee; Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee; and the Education, Children and Young People Committee. These committees have issued a joint call for views to inform their scrutiny of the Bill. You will have the option to complete either a detailed response to the Bill, or a short survey. Please visit our website to find out how to respond. This joint call for views closes at midnight on Friday, 25 February 2022. If you would like to promote the call for views to your networks on social media, please use #CovidRecoveryBill and tag @ScotParl:


Financial memorandum – share your views

The Finance and Public Administration Committee is consulting separately on the Bill’s Financial Memorandum. To comment on the Financial Memorandum, please respond to the Finance and Public Administration Committee’s call for views, which closes on Friday, 25 February 2022.


Should you have any queries about the Stage 1 scrutiny of the Bill, please contact: [email protected]. Please note that written submissions should be submitted via our online consultation platform and not by e-mail. If you require support for accessibility reasons, please get in touch so that we can assist you.


COVID-19 Recovery Committee

Scottish Parliament

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