FOI Act reveals that too many laws are being passed by MSPs

Margaret Curran, Labour's chief whip and Minister for Parliamentary Business, has said that she thinks that MSPs are passing too many laws in Scotland.

Curran, who is also in charge of the Scottish Executive's legislation, spoke at a Scottish studies institute meeting at Wellington's Victoria University in October and was reported as saying: "Since 1999, the Scottish Parliament has passed almost 100 bills. Too many, some say, and as Minister for Parliamentary Business and chief whip I wouldn't disagree." She said it was the legacy of the pre-devolution settlement, when there was not enough time for distinctive Scottish legislation to be passed at Westminster.

The remarks were revealed by one of the many laws passed by the Scottish Parliament: the Freedom of Information Act.

Too many laws being passed, says minister (The Herald, 6 December 2006)