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 Iain Smith Iain Smith Liberal Democrat 9:45 am, 8th March 2007

I thank the minister for responding to the issues that were raised at stage 2. My concern at that stage was that the bill could allow for the taking of fingerprints to confirm identity to become routine rather than remain the exception, and I am pleased that amendments 12, 13 and 28 clarify that it would be used only in exceptional circumstances in which no other means of identification was sufficient to guarantee that the person was who they said they were. I welcome the amendments.

Amendment 12 agreed to.

Amendment 13 moved—[Robert Brown]—and agreed to.