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Budget (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

The Budget Bill is how the Parliament agrees public spending in Scotland. A Budget Bill is introduced to the Parliament every year. It follows a slightly different process to other Bills.

Read more about the budget process

The Bill was passed on 21 February 2023 and became an Act on 27 March 2023


Stage 1 - General principles

Committees examine the Bill and gather views. They produce reports before MSPs debate the Bill in the Chamber. MSPs then decide on the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

The Bill ended Stage 1 on 02 February 2023

Committee Examination

The lead committee for this Bill is the Finance and Public Administration Committee

Find out more about this committee

 The stage 1 debate will take place on 2 February 2023.

Work by other committees

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Meeting on 24 January 2023

Report published on 24 January 2023

Committee report

The lead committee published its report on 25 January 2023.

Budget Scrutiny 2023-24


MSPs debate the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

Meeting on 2 February 2023

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MSPs vote on the general principles of the Bill.

Meeting on 2 February 2023

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Motion ref. S6M-07727

Budget (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

  • Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 31 January 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-07727
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 02 February 2023

Result 68 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 5 did not vote Vote Passed

MSPs agreed that this Bill could continue