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Anti-Slavery Day Bill

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 7 April 2010

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 961W, if he will seek the consent of the Scottish Parliament to extending the provisions of the Anti-Slavery Day Bill to Scotland. (325099)

The Scotland Office plays a vital role in working with the Scottish Government to ensure that where a Bill at Westminster covers areas of devolved policy the appropriate consent is secured. However, ultimately it is the Scottish Government that must agree to seek consent from the Scottish Parliament to extend the provisions of a particular Bill. My officials kept Scottish Government officials fully informed of progress of the Anti-Slavery Day Bill, but we were advised that the Scottish Government did not wish to bring forward a Legislative Consent Motion for this Private Members' Bill at this time.