Children Requiring Compulsory Measures of Supervision

Part of Orders of the Day — Children (Scotland) Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:45 pm on 1st May 1995.

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Photo of Mr Phil Gallie Mr Phil Gallie , Ayr 9:45 pm, 1st May 1995

I should like to deal with a couple of points, if that is in order. The first is that byelaws are totally ineffective. Local authorities are reluctant, for example, to act against drinking on the beach. They will not impose byelaws because many families enjoy having a picnic and a glass of wine. Byelaws are not acceptable under those circumstances. My amendment would have been much more appropriate.

Having said that, I recognise that penalties would be inappropriate. I wanted to highlight illegal drinking and to give the police some power to stop that practice on our streets. No difficulty would exist with enforcement. The proposal would be a boon to the police rather than a disadvantage.

However, having heard my hon. Friend say that he will consider the matter and take the principle on board, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendment made: No. 162, in page 32, line 46, at end insert— '(3) In this Part of this Act, 'supervision' in relation to compulsory measures of supervision may include measures taken for the protection, guidance, treatment or control of the child.'.—[Lord James Douglas-Hamilton.]It being Ten o'clock, further consideration of the Bill stood adjourned.

Ordered,That, at this day's sitting, the Children (Scotland) Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.—[Dr. Liam Fox.]As amended (in the Standing Committee), again considered.