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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 9:31 am on 8th June 2000.

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Photo of Phil Gallie Phil Gallie Conservative 9:31 am, 8th June 2000

I thank the minister for the copy of his statement, which I received this morning. I would also like to acknowledge Tommy Sheridan's contribution, which perhaps hastened the statement. I also welcome the minister's comment reinforcing the responsibilities as well as the rights of those who incur debts.

We note the minister's acceptance of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee's recommendation that something must be in place before warrant sales and poindings are abandoned.

I welcome the working party that will be set up. Will the minister accept in good faith our commitment to co-operate with and give full support to that group?

With respect to the extension of the exempted goods list, will there be a limit on the number of televisions, computers and microwaves per household? Given Alex Neil's contribution, will there be a limit on the number of accounts that a debtor has in his or her name?

Finally, sheriff officers are much maligned. Will the minister join me in acknowledging the efforts of sheriff officers who have to do the dirty work of parliamentarians in upholding the law and pursuing the aims of legislation that is already on the statute book?