Section 9 — Persons at risk of domestic abuse

Homelessness etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:45 pm on 5th March 2003.

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Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative 3:45 pm, 5th March 2003

Group 9 is on persons at risk of domestic abuse. Amendment 4 is in a group on its own.

Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

At stage 2, the Executive accepted in principle Linda Fabiani's helpful amendment 22—I hope that Linda does not die of shock at that—and gave a commitment that we would return to the matter. As was explained at stage 2, Linda Fabiani's amendment had correctly identified another reference to "violence" in the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987, which we wished to update in order to refer to "abuse". However, Linda Fabiani's stage 2 amendment added "abuse" to the term "violence" rather than replacing it, I think unintentionally. It is unnecessary to have references to both, as violence and threatening conduct fall under the definition of abuse contained in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001. We have therefore reflected that in amendment 4.

I move amendment 4.