Section 1A — Exception: stalking and flushing from cover

Part of Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:00 pm on 13th February 2002.

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Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat 3:00 pm, 13th February 2002

Amendment 43 is one of a series of technical amendments, which run throughout the bill. They all make changes to the text of the bill, deleting "contravene" and inserting "commit an offence under", and reflect a change in the wording of the offence provision in section 1(1). I hope that amendment 43 and similar amendments relating to the interpretation of the bill will be supported by Parliament.

Amendment 42, as Scott Barrie said, would remove some of the exemptions. It is obviously for members of Parliament to decide which exemptions they wish to be in the bill, and on whether the exemptions as they stand would render the bill unworkable. That is not our view, but it is for Parliament to debate that and to decide whether to revert to the position that was broadly agreed before stage 2.