Section 60 — Power to use fingerprints to check applicant's identity

Part of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 9:45 am on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Robert Brown Robert Brown Liberal Democrat 9:45 am, 8th March 2007

During stage 2 consideration, I agreed to consider further the provisions in the bill that relate to the use of fingerprints to confirm the identity of scheme members and applicants to the scheme. The committee was rightly concerned to limit the taking of fingerprints to circumstances in which it was absolutely necessary. Such a power already exists in the Police Act 1997 in respect of enhanced disclosure but is used very infrequently. Amendments 12, 13 and 28 tighten the provisions in the bill and the 1997 act to allow ministers to use fingerprints for the purposes of identity checking only if the other forms of evidence that are provided are insufficient. In essence, fingerprints will be used only as the method of last resort for confirming identity.

I move amendment 12.