Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

Question Time — Scottish Executive — Justice and Law Officers – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:17 pm on 9th March 2006.

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Photo of Patrick Harvie Patrick Harvie Green 2:17 pm, 9th March 2006

To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill will have on the privacy of innocent people. (S2O-9254)

Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour

The bill will be an effective piece of legislation that will play a valuable role in helping our criminal justice system to tackle criminality better. All the measures that are included in the bill will be entirely compatible with human rights legislation.

Photo of Patrick Harvie Patrick Harvie Green

I thank the minister for the commitment to ensure that the bill is compatible with human rights, although I want to go beyond strict compliance with human rights. The minister has already ruled out the inclusion of amendments on mandatory blood testing, which would compromise the privacy of innocent people or of people who have not yet been convicted of a crime. Will the Executive resist or support amendments if they are lodged on the—I beg your pardon, Presiding Officer, I came in with a rush. I am terribly sorry, but I will have to withdraw my question.