After section 17

Part of Family Law (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:00 pm on 15th December 2005.

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Photo of Phil Gallie Phil Gallie Conservative 3:00 pm, 15th December 2005

I accept the minister's comment. He is absolutely right, but perhaps that gives greater emphasis to Rosemary Byrne's argument. The fact is that everyone in the chamber is interested in the protection of children and in doing what is best for them. As Donald Gorrie said, the wider family may well be the best option for the child. The amendment does not seek to mandate the judge; it simply asks the judge to consider the matter. On that basis, I support the amendment.