Section 16 — Authorisations

Part of Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:45 am on 17th June 2004.

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Photo of Patrick Harvie Patrick Harvie Green 11:45 am, 17th June 2004

The other day, I asked a representative of Strathclyde police what his thoughts were as the bill came up for stage 3. He said, "We are still against the power of dispersal and we still want it taken out of the bill, but if it is passed, it won't really matter, because we are not going to use it. Why would we jump through additional bureaucratic hoops to set up a dispersal area, when powers already exist to move on people who are causing a problem, and they are the only people we would want to move on?"