Proposed Apologies (Scotland) Bill

Proposer   Margaret Mitchell
 Draft Proposal

 Proposal for a Bill to provide that an expression of apology does not amount to an admission of liability and is inadmissable as evidence, for the purposes of certain legal proceedings.

Lodged 29 June 2012

Accompanied by Consultation document (448KB pdf)

Link to BSL translation of consultation document

Consultation closed 28 September 2012

 Final Proposal

 Proposal for a Bill to provide that an expression of apology, including an expression of sympathy or regret and any statements of fact, does not amount to an admission of liability, and is inadmissable as evidence for the purposes of certain non-criminal legal proceedings.

Accompanied by Summary of consultation responses (483KB pdf)

Total supporters: 24

  • 14 Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • 4 Scottish Labour
  • 2 Scottish Green Party
  • 2 Independent
  • 1 Scottish National Party
  • 1 Scottish Liberal Democrat

For supporters' names see:

Proposed Apologies (Scotland) Bill list of supporters (9KB pdf)

 Right to introduce a Bill secured?  Yes
 Bill introduced to give effect to proposal?