Call for Evidence on the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament

The Local Government and Communities Committee are seeking views on the Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill.

The Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 23 April 2019. It is a Member’s Bill, i.e. a non-Government Bill, that has been put forward by Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland. The Bill and accompanying documents can be found here.

The aim of the Bill is to ensure everyone in Scotland who needs to use period products can obtain them free of charge through a "period products scheme" which the Scottish Government would have to set up. The Bill requires primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities to make period products free in all appropriate toilets and enables Ministers to place a similar duty on other organisations. Those using the scheme must be able to obtain period products "reasonably easily" and with "reasonable privacy", and can choose to have products delivered or collected. The scheme must also ensure that a choice of different types of period products are available. Under the Bill, Scottish Ministers must publicise the scheme and may compensate those obliged to provide free products.

The call for written views is running from 16 September to 5 November 2019 - you can find out more about the consultation by visiting the Scottish Parliament's website.