Section 4 — Effect of debt payment programmes

Part of Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:45 pm on 13th November 2002.

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Photo of Tommy Sheridan Tommy Sheridan SSP 3:45 pm, 13th November 2002

The minister is in danger of over-egging the pudding in relation to the consequences of amendment 35. The idea that the economy will collapse if the amendment is agreed to is scaremongering, to say the least.

The thrust of the bill is the prevention of further diligence or recovery against debts that are already within a debt arrangement scheme. The existing loophole will not be closed unless amendment 35 is agreed to.

The minister says that he does not think that amendment 38 is necessary because its provisions will be covered in the bill. I therefore hoped that the minister would have no problem in supporting it. Given that he thinks that the point is already covered, let us have a wee insurance policy to ensure that there is no problem. I will press amendments 35 and 38.