Section 71A — Police access to Scheme information

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 10:30 am on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Trish Godman Trish Godman Labour 10:30 am, 8th March 2007

Group 10 is on police access to scheme information. Amendment 16, in the name of the minister, is the only amendment in the group.

Photo of Robert Brown Robert Brown Liberal Democrat

The bill was amended at stage 2 to give the police access to scheme membership information. The policy intention is that the police should have access only to the names of members, the type of regulated work that they do and sufficient information to allow the person to be identified. Concerns were expressed at stage 2 that section 71A would allow ministers to share an excessive amount of information with the police. Amendment 16 limits the use of scheme information that is shared with the police to confirming the identity of the individual in question. I hope that that narrowing of police access to scheme information will reassure members who had concerns about the potential scope of section 71A.

I move amendment 16.

Photo of Iain Smith Iain Smith Liberal Democrat

I thank the minister for lodging amendment 16. I assure him that I am reassured.

Amendment 16 agreed to.