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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01047: Jackson Carlaw (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-00632 by Annabelle Ewing on 17 June 2016, in light of the consultation on the Scottish Law Commission’s proposed new scheme for protection from disinheritance closing on 18 September 2015, whether it will introduce a bill to reform succession legal rights.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 14 July 2016

The Scottish Government is considering the analysis of responses to the consultation together with the findings of a survey of public attitudes towards succession law of just over 1000 people representative of the Scottish population and a targeted Survey Monkey on disinheritance which received over 800 responses. That consideration will determine the content and timing of legislation to reform the law of succession, including succession legal rights.

The Scottish National Party’s election manifesto contained the following commitment:

“By reforming and modernising the law of succession in Scotland we will ensure a clear and fair legal framework for the law of inheritance, relevant to modern Scottish society and the rights of individuals and families”.