I wonder whether the Minister could simply tell us what ex proprio motu means. Could he put that in plain English in the Bill? I recognise that it is Latin. I even did a few years of Latin at secondary school, but the Minister undertook in Committee to try to frame a Bill in language that could be understood not only by Members of Parliament but by the general public trying to find their way through child legislation. I am sure that it can be translated into an easily understood English phrase. I hope that the Minister will let us know tonight what it means and will undertake to do that.
When I took my law degree exams, I could certainly have given the hon. Lady the exact answer, but she will have to put up with a slightly longer one tonight. The amendment represents a useful addition to clause 69, which deals with powers of arrest in relation to exclusion orders. Amendment No. 176 simply ensures that the sheriff may, at his own hand, attach a power of arrest to an interdict and need not wait for an application by the local authority. I understand that the actual wording means "at his own hand". It is a Latin tag applicable in court proceedings. A sheriff will understand exactly what it means. I am glad that, owing to the excellence of the memories of my officials, who have not forgotten what they learnt in their law exams, I can inform the hon. Lady accordingly.
I agree with that sentiment.
Amendment agreed to.
Amendments made: No. 177, in page 55, line 44, leave out from 'of' to 'liberate' in line 46, and insert
'that person further breaching the interdict to which the power of arrest was attached under subsection (1) above,'.
No. 79, in page 56, line 1, leave out from 'person' to end of line 5 and insert—
'(6A) Such a refusal to liberate an arrested person as is mentioned in subsection (6)(b) above, and the detention of that person until his appearance in court by virtue of either subsection (9) below or any provision of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975, shall not subject that constable to any claim whatsoever.'.—[Lord James Douglas-Hamilton.]