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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 note Mr McAllion's generous offer. That is a matter that he might want to sort out with his own party. Invitations have gone out to the conveners of the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee and the Local Government Committee, both of whom are members of the Labour party. Ministers on the committee will be members of the Labour party as well.

The need to make progress on the review of diligence was the thrust of the statement. This has been around for a long time. Some of the Law Commission reports to which I referred have been gathering dust on shelves for some time. The fact that we have now undertaken this review with—as I said in my statement—a view to legislation in the next parliamentary election is indicative of the benefits of having a Scottish Parliament. I do not believe that that would have happened in a Westminster context.

I accept that Parliament is committed to the abolition of poindings and warrant sales. I repeated in my reply to Mr Sheridan that the Executive is likewise committed. Members will recognise that the Justice and Home Affairs Committee said that although there should not be a sanitised version of poindings and warrant sales, there should be a humane and effective diligence against movable property, which exists in 41 other countries that the Law Commission studied in its report.