ref date:2 Sep 1999 (SI)
Scottish parliament attempts at racial equality hampered by Westminster
The Scottish parliament wants to get more public figures from Scotlands
sizable Asian and other communities onto committees to help improve the
lot of these groups in Scotland.
However, the 'co-opt' process is not something the Scottish parliament
cant just do. It may well need an amendment to the Scotland Act
1998 to do this!!
This of course will waste time on a matter that is purely INTERNAL to
Scotland, it is just one of the many , many shortcomings of this
The SNP described this situation as "bizarre". Shona Robison (SNP MSP) said
"This is an absurd
state of affairs. Surely the Scottish parliament should be in charge of its own procedures. It is ridiculous to have to go to Westminster to obtain an amendment giving the parliament powers to co-opt
people to its own committees."