That is a slightly unfair introduction to my speech, Presiding Officer—I will perhaps accept the invitation to debate, but hopefully not the invitation to drone on. I start by briefly mentioning my entry in the register of members’ interests and my status as a non-practising advocate. The bill before us today will, as the Law Society of Scotland has pointed out, raise the age of...
The member raises an important point and I share some concern about that. If one changes the behaviour from being technically criminal, that has certain consequences, as he points out, under the European convention on human rights and in terms of law. That is a matter that may need to be looked at, and I agree that it should be considered further as the bill progresses.
I thank the minister for that intervention. I will proceed with my speech, unless anyone else wishes to intervene and continue the debate. [ Interruption .] If I might say so, Mr Stevenson, that was not a general invitation to all members. It is important that facts are established for the good of all parties to an incident. One must consider the rights of a child who it is thought may have...
Conservative MSP for Lothian
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election
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