Business Motion

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:00 pm on 13th April 2005.

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Photo of Mark Ballard Mark Ballard Green 5:00 pm, 13th April 2005

The Scottish Executive has made plans for ID cards and databases. The Parliament needs to know what those plans are. The Scottish Greens have raised the issue at First Minister's question time, in written questions, in points of order and at every Parliamentary Bureau meeting since the debate. In our view, it is an important point of principle that the Parliament should get this statement and should get it promptly.

The statement should not wait on a Westminster timetable, as it is not about Westminster. It is about a policy direction from the Scottish Executive on how it intends to deal with identity databases for devolved institutions. I am concerned that we will be told that we must wait on Westminster's timetable—that we must wait for the general election and the Queen's speech. That would make it very unlikely that Parliament could get a statement before the summer recess.

The Parliament took its decision back in February. [Interruption.]