Local MSP comments on Government’s Bills

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed a number of key Bills published in the Scottish Government’s Legislative Programme, announced by the First Minister in Parliament yesterday.

The Government’s flagship piece of legislation is a Bill to hold a referendum on independence. A number of other bills also have a direct impact on people in the islands.

The Legislative Programme will be voted on in Parliament tomorrow.

Alasdair Allan commented: “The Scottish Government has set out its legislative programme for the coming year, not least of which is our commitment to allow the people of Scotland to decide their own future through an independence referendum to be held in 2014. Today represents another step towards Scotland achieving the powers that we need to fulfil our potential as a country.

“Other Bills of importance include measures to reform procurement arrangements for major public sector contracts to ensure communities benefit from them more directly. “An Adult Health and Social Care Bill will also be introduced to promote much closer working between Health Boards and councils in the provision of care to some of our most vulnerable people.

“A Children and Young People’s Bill will provide a minimum of 600 hours a year free early learning and childcare provision, benefitting many hard working families with young children.

“I look forward to engaging with people throughout the islands about all these important measures, which have the potential to benefit all of our communities.”