Church of Scotland

Article 50 Withdrawal Negotiations

A response to the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee on the Article 50 Withdrawal Negotiations.

Published: August 2017

Implementing the Smith Agreement – The UK Government’s Scotland Bill: Have Your Say

Church and Society Council submission to the Scottish Parliament Devolution (Further Powers) Committee call for evidence.

Published: August 2015

Smith Commission – Final Submission

This submission updates the Church’s earlier interim submission in light of some further consultation on the current context.

Published: January 2015

Scottish Independence Bill: A Consultation on an Interim Constitution for Scotland

The Church of Scotland remained impartial on the question of independence for Scotland, both before 18 September 2014 and since. This consultation response is offered as a contribution to a wider conversation about the kind of Scotland the Church wants to live in, and the values and institutions that it would want to see cherished.

Published: October 2014

Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy

Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland response to the independent Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy.

Published: December 2013

Letter to the Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee on Scottish Independence Referendum franchise

Letter from the Church and Society Council to the Scottish Parliament’s Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee about the proposed franchise for the independence referendum.

Published: April 2013

‘Your Scotland, Your Referendum’ consultation

Church and Society Council response to the Scottish Government consultation, ‘Your Scotland, Your Referendum’ on a referendum on Scottish independence. 

Published: May 2012

Referendum on Separation for Scotland: Unanswered Questions

Church and Society Council response to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee call for evidence as part of their inquiry into a referendum on separation for Scotland. 

Published: May 2012

Scotland’s Constitutional Future

Response to the Scotland Office Consultation on ‘Scotland’s Constitutional Future’.

Published: March 2012

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Smith Commission – Response

The RSoF submission includes five proposals for increasing devolved power, all of which reflect areas of concern in which Quakers have historically been involved and in which they are currently active. There has been an active Quaker presence in Scotland since the birth of Quakerism in the mid-seventeenth century.

Published: October 2014

Letter to Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee on Scottish Independence Referendum Franchise – General Meeting for Scotland

Published: April 2013

Letter to Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee on Scottish Independence Referendum Franchise

Letter from the Crime, Community and Justice Sub-Committee of the Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) to the Scottish Parliament’s Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee about the proposed franchise for the independence referendum.

Published: April 2013

Roman Catholic Church

Catholic Parliamentary Office Comment to Smith Commission

The Catholic Parliamentary Office issued this statement on issues of principle that could be of significance in considering the constitutional arrangements for Scotland.

Published: October 2014

Salvation Army

Your Scotland, Your Referendum

Response to the Scottish Government consultation “Your Scotland, Your Referendum”. 

Published: February 2012

Scottish Episcopal Church

Submission to the Smith Commission by the College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church

The Scottish Episcopal Church believes that it is important that all those who contribute to civic society in Scotland should respond to the request for submissions. Churches are properly reticent about expressing views on issues which belong in the world of party politics. However it is clear that, behind the movement which has led to Scottish Devolution and to the recent campaign for Scottish Independence, there lies a broadly-held view that Scotland is distinct in values and culture.  The development of a consensus about the nature and extent of that distinctiveness will greatly assist the task of shaping the next stage of devolution. It is at that level the SEC believes that churches and faith communities have a contribution to make.  

Published: October 2014

Petition 1514: Time for Reflection

A submission from the College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church, related to the Public Petitions Committee’s consideration of PE1514 on the Scottish Parliament’s Time for Reflection.  

Published: June 2014

United Reformed Church

Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into Scottish Independence Referendum – Part One

United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland submission to the first inquiry by the Scottish Affairs Committee on a potential referendum on Scottish independence.

Published: November 2011

Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into Scottish Independence Referendum – Part Two

United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland submission to the second inquiry by the Scottish Affairs Committee on a potential referendum on Scottish independence.

Published: November 2011

SCPO

Petition on Time for Reflection

A letter from the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Officer to the Public Petitions Committee regarding a proposal to change the way the Parliament’s Time For Reflection is presented.  

Published: June 2014