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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 Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat 9:31 am, 8th June 2000

I thank Mr Gallie for his welcome for the statement and for his positive response to the working group. He asks whether there will be a limit on the number of televisions and microwaves. Yes; the framework in which those additional items are included relates to items that are deemed to be household necessities. In this day and age a microwave and a television are household necessities, but it might be pushing it to say that five televisions in the household are necessary.

Mr Gallie mentioned Mr Alex Neil's bill on multiple accounts. We have seen the terms of Mr Neil's bill, but from what we have read and gleaned, the issue of multiple accounts must be properly and thoroughly examined. It will be taken up in the comprehensive review of diligence.

Sheriff officers are officers of the court and are subject to the control of the court. They have difficult jobs to do and are instructed by clients to do them. Their activities are strictly regulated by statutory instrument and the legislation provides for complaints and disciplinary procedures. Some of the allegations made against them have been unfair. All aspects of diligence will be considered in the review, including the regulations relating to sheriff officers.