When the Minister for Environment and Climate Change made a statement on 27 March on crofting, he said that it was his intention to propose a timetable for the bill that would enable Parliament to consider carefully the proposed changes while ensuring that the matter is resolved quickly. The motion allows for suspension of a number of standing orders for the purpose of parliamentary consideration of the expedited process of the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.
That the Parliament agrees, for the purposes of its consideration of the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill—
(a) in Rule 9.6.3A of the Standing Orders, that the word “fourth” be substituted for “fifth” where it first occurs;
(b) under Rule 9.6.3A of the Standing Orders, that the Parliament shall consider the general principles of the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill on the fourth sitting day after publication of the lead committee report;
(c) that Rules 9.5.3A and 9.5.3B of Standing Orders be suspended; and
(d) in Rule 9.10.2 of the Standing Orders, that the words “except on a final lodging-day, when amendments may be lodged only until 12:00” be suspended.—[Joe FitzPatrick.]