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Legislative change
The National Trust for Scotland for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, also known as The National Trust for Scotland (Scottish Charity Number SC007410) intends to introduce a Private Bill, the National Trust for Scotland (Governance etc.) Bill, into the Scottish Parliament on or around 7th January 2013.

The purpose of the Bill is to complete a series of changes in the way that the Trust is governed following a strategic review in 2009/10 led by the Rt Hon Sir George Reid. The Bill will implement the final recommendations of the review which cannot be introduced without changes being made to the Act of Parliament governing the Trust. The Bill will alter the status of the Trust's president and vice-presidents so that they do not have the status of charity trustees; allow co-opted Trustees to serve for a longer maximum term; formally abolish representative membership of the Board; and validate the Trust's customary abbreviation of its formal name to 'the National Trust for Scotland'. The work of the Trust, and the charitable causes it advances, will not change.

The Bill will be accompanied by Explanatory Notes, a Promoter's Memorandum, a Promoter's Statement, statements on the legislative competence of the Bill, and an Assignation of copyright and licensing agreement.

From the day after introduction, the Bill and these documents will be available free of charge on the Parliament's website (www.scottish.parliament.uk). All of these documents will also be available from that date for inspection at a public library in each constituency, and details of the relevant library in each constituency can be obtained below. In addition, all of these documents will be available from that date for inspection during office hours at the Trust's offices at Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh EH11 4DF and will be available here on this page of our website (www.nts.org.uk/legislation).

There is a 60 day period for objections that starts the day after the Bill is introduced. Objections must be accompanied by a fee of £20 and lodged with the Non-Government Bills Unit (Non-Government Bills Unit, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP, 0131 348 6124, ngbu@scottish.parliament.uk) from whom additional information, including details of admissibility criteria for objections, detailed guidance about procedures and an information leaflet for objectors, can be obtained. Additional information about the content of the Bill may be obtained from the Trust at the address above.

Adverts regarding the proposed Bill containing the information above appeared in the Scotsman and the Herald on 21st and 28th December 2012, and a notice appeared at a public library in each constituency from 20th December 2012. The Bill is the culmination of a long consultation and approval process which is set out in full in the Promoter's Statement and Promoter's Memorandum which will be published along with the Bill when it is introduced in the Scottish Parliament. However, if you have any queries about this then please email legislation@nts.org.uk or call 0844 493 2285.

Parliamentary Documents

The Bill and supporting documents are available at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/576.aspx

Additional Documents

You may find it helpful to review the following documents in relation to the legislative change.