After section 17

Part of Family Law (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:00 pm on 15th December 2005.

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Photo of Stewart Stevenson Stewart Stevenson Scottish National Party 4:00 pm, 15th December 2005

I do not read amendment 44 as determining a specific way in which services must be delivered, but as stipulating merely that they shall be delivered. I also believe that amendment 44 would mean that the services would need to be delivered not by the local authority but through it. I will press amendment 44 precisely because of the excellent services that I see in my area and the benefits that accrue to my constituents and people in neighbouring constituencies. A travelling caravan could be used to provide contact centres in rural areas—just as there are travelling banks and travelling libraries. Councils could consider providing services in a variety of innovative ways.

I press amendment 44 and encourage other members to support it.