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Breastfeeding (Scotland) Bill - Information

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The Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill has now been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

The Bill was passed on Thursday 18th November by an impressive 103 votes in favour; with only 13 MSPs voting against. Click here to read the full debate.

The bill received the Royal Seal and took its place on the Statute Book on the 18th of January 2005. The fines associated with the bill will now come into force two months from the date of Royal Assent.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported the bill and helped make it a success. So many people have played a role in the bill's passage and I would like to particularly thank those individuals who took the time to write to their MSPs, the members of the steering group who provided crucial advice throughout the bill's development, the mums and babies who shared their experiences with me and who attended the debates and finally, Mike Dailly of Govan Law Centre who drafted the bill, providing me with a huge amount of legal and expert advice throughout the process.

The bill as introduced
Please Note: This link leads to a 'PDF' document.

The links below will take you to the minutes of the relevant Committee Meetings, Reports and Debates:

Health Committee - Stage 1 Report on the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill

Stage Three Debate: 18th November 2004
Health Committee Minutes (Stage Two): 2nd November 04
Stage One Debate: 23rd September 04
Health Committee Report July 04
Health Committee Minutes: 8th June 04
Health Committee Minutes: 1st June 04
Health Committee Minutes: 11th May 04
Finance Committee Report May 2004
Finance Committee Minutes 27th April 2004

SPICe Briefing

Please Note: This link leads to a 'Microsoft Word' document.

Consultation Paper

The Proposed Breastfeeding (Scotland) Bill Consultation Paper

Press Releases

18-01-2005 - Breastfeeding bill reaches statute book

19-11-2004 - Local MSP Leads Landmark Bill Through Parliament

11-11-2004 - Breastfeeding Bill Set For Parliamentary Go Ahead

23-9-2004 - Parliament backs local MSP's Breastfeeding Bill

20-7-2004 - Parly Committee gives Breastfeeding Bill the Green Light

21-4-2004 - Breastfeeding Bill Comes Before Parliament

4-3-2004 - Smith seeks Coatbridge views on Breastfeeding in Scotland

17-12-2003 - Elaine Smith introduces Breastfeeding Bill to Parliament

25-7-2003 - Elaine Smith outlines dietary health as key priority

3-5-2003 - MSP encourages Breastfeeding Awareness in Lanarkshire

19-8-2002 - ‘Breastfeeding (Scotland) Bill’ - MSP invites you to have your say!

15-8-2002 - Consultation Process for proposed ‘Breastfeeding (Scotland) Bill’ to be launched next week

17-5-2001 - MSP Calls For Changes in Attitude Towards Breastfeeding Mothers

4-5-2001 - MSP Calls for Fair Shares for Child Health

13-5-2000 - MSP opens Lanarkshire conference on breastfeeding

Useful Links

Scottish Parliament Official Report - National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2001

UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative

Breastfeeding in Scotland


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