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Section 7.16. There will be a Consultative Citizens Assembly to advise and assist Parliament and the Scottish Cabinet on matters of legislation and policy or matters of contentious concern under terms prescribed in law. The Consultative People’s Assembly will consist of members appointed in the manner prescribed by law to represent society on a vocational and functional basis.

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    Administrator #1  •  2020-08-16 22:36:11

    Section 7.16. Section 7.16. There will be a Consultative Citizens Assembly to advise and assist Parliament and the Scottish Cabinet on matters of legislation and policy or matters of contentious concern under terms prescribed in law. The Consultative People’s Assembly will consist of members appointed in the manner prescribed by law to represent society on a vocational and functional basis.

      • Jim Osborne

        Section 7.16. This properly describes the function of a Citizens Assembly - as an advisory body. his means it cannot function as a "Second Chamber" as a check on executive power. My understanding of CAs is that they are established to consider particular issues (such as the CAs in Ireland set up to discuss abortion and gay marriage). I would suggest that provision is made in Scotland for CAs (plural) as and when appropriate not one multi-purpose standing CA. Multiple CAs as and when needed would engage a wider section of the public and bring in individuals with specialist experience and knowledge (and enthusiasm)

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