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Breastfeeding etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:30 pm on 18th November 2004.

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Photo of Elaine Smith Elaine Smith Labour

Amendment 6 is a technical amendment that will merely—

Photo of Trish Godman Trish Godman Labour

I am sorry, Ms Smith—members are being very noisy this afternoon. I will not tell you again to be quiet.

Photo of Elaine Smith Elaine Smith Labour

Amendment 6 will merely help the clarity of the bill on an issue that the Scottish Executive helpfully brought to my attention last week. I apologise to the Health Committee that the amendment was not considered at stage 2, but I hope that Parliament will agree that it is a practical amendment.

As it stands, the long title does not employ the exact wording of section 1. It is imperative that the bill be as precise as possible so that we end up with good law. The main thrust of the amendment is to replace "being fed milk" with "feeding milk" to ensure that there is no ambiguity. I ask Parliament to support the amendment.

I move amendment 6.

Photo of Andy Kerr Andy Kerr Labour

As Elaine Smith mentioned, the need for amendment 6 arose from the Executive's final consideration of the bill prior to today's meeting. The amendment, which is minor, was suggested to ensure consistency between the offence that is described in the long title and that which is described in section 1. The amendment will make no change to any significant aspects of the bill and, as such, the Executive supports it.

The long title currently refers to

"preventing or stopping a child from being fed milk", whereas section 1 refers to preventing or stopping

"a person in charge of a child from feeding milk to that child".

The amendment is simply a tidying-up exercise that will ensure that the bill is as good as it can be. The Executive was happy to help in ensuring that.

Amendment 6 agreed to.

Photo of Trish Godman Trish Godman Labour

That ends the consideration of amendments.