Section 12A — Short Scottish secure tenancies

Part of Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 10:30 am on 17th June 2004.

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Photo of Mary Scanlon Mary Scanlon Conservative 10:30 am, 17th June 2004

We often find at stage 3 that there are strange alliances throughout the chamber. I am pleased to say that the Scottish Conservatives will support Elaine Smith against the Scottish Executive.

As Stewart Stevenson said, there were wide-ranging discussions and arguments at stage 2. We still have problems with amendment 49, despite the case that the minister made. It cannot be right that a law-abiding family with one child who engages in antisocial behaviour should have their housing rights challenged on the basis of that child's behaviour. Surely the ethos of the bill is to address and correct the child's behaviour rather than to punish the family by changing the security of their tenancy and threatening them with eviction, thereby disrupting the family, who might be making every effort to correct the child's behaviour.