After section 17

Part of Family Law (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:30 pm on 15th December 2005.

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Photo of Patrick Harvie Patrick Harvie Green 3:30 pm, 15th December 2005

I seem to be developing an unhealthy habit of standing up to support the Executive's position. I will need to think about that a little.

Pauline McNeill outlined clearly and powerfully why the issue is significant and why the Executive needs to provide an answer to people in the situation of not having contact orders enforced. However, the enforcement mechanisms that have been proposed during the bill's progress are not appropriate, so I will support the Executive. I ask the minister to say a little more about the timescale. Clearly, if research is being commissioned, it seems unlikely that we will get around to anything concrete in this session of the Parliament. When does the minister expect the outcome to be delivered? I hope that all members will bear in mind the necessity of keeping this issue on the agenda if nothing can be brought forward before the next election.