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Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Advocate-General pursuant to her oral answer of 11 March, Official Report, column 151W on the time limit for considering bills passed by the Scottish Parliament, what plans she has to consider the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland)Bill by 28 March. [102916]

Since my oral answer of 11 March Official Report, column 151, Stage 3 of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill took place on 12 March, and on that date the Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament. The period of four weeks beginning with the passing of the Bill applies in terms of Section 33 of the Scotland Act 1998, and this is not affected by dissolution of the Scottish Parliament. As with all Bills, I will consider the provisions of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill during that period.