Islands Bill Passes in Scottish Parliament
Local MSP Welcomes Delivery of Key Manifesto Pledge
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed today’s [Wednesday 30th May] passage of the Islands (Scotland) Bill.
The Bill was unanimously passed by MSPs in this afternoon’s Stage 3 debate in the Scottish Parliament. The Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament last summer and the key provisions of the Bill enjoyed widespread public support.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan MSP said:
“This historic legislation seeks to meet the unique needs of Scotland’s islands now and in the future, helping to create the right environment for sustainable growth and empowering communities.
“The measures included in the bill, along with the Scottish Government’s existing work in areas like transport, digital, housing and health, will contribute to the right conditions for island communities to grow and thrive. The legislation also seeks to “island proof” future policies to make sure that policies are workable in the islands, and to create an islands plan where the government has to set out its priorities for island communities.
“This is the first ever legislation for Scotland’s islands and fulfils a key manifesto pledge the SNP stood on in the Scottish Parliament elections in 2016. I was very happy to see this piece of legislation pass this afternoon.”