Emergency Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill Receives Royal Assent

Pictured: Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations.

Constitution Secretary Michael Russell said:

“Scotland is facing an unprecedented situation.

“This emergency Bill, that has now become law, was unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament and delivers necessary powers so we can prioritise tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

“Many businesses and people struggling financially because of the crisis will now receive vital practical help.

“In particular we must have a criminal justice system that can operate effectively while treating all those involved, including victims, fairly.

“The nation is pulling together during these difficult times and the Scottish Government will continue to engage across parties to help us get through the coming months.”