Section 5 — Proceedings and penalties

Part of Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:30 pm on 13th February 2002.

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Photo of David Mundell David Mundell Conservative 4:30 pm, 13th February 2002

I will be brief, Presiding Officer.

Throughout the Rural Development Committee's consideration of the bill, we had the benefit of the presence of a vast array of Scottish Executive lawyers, only they chose not to speak.

I do not accept the minister's analysis of amendment 32. What is the point of introducing exceptions only to seek to limit their application? I am seeking to extend the provisions under section 5(7) to cover all the exceptions that we have discussed today, although, on the basis of what has happened so far, I do not think that there are any exceptions. It is important that we keep the bill consistent and that we allow people who genuinely thought that they were acting in accordance with one of the exceptions to say that that was what they were doing.

I am pleased that the Executive feels able not to condemn amendment 76. I hope that that amendment will garner support from members.