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Part of 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 Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party 10:30 am, 8th March 2007

Amendment 5 is important because so much of the operation of the bill will come down to interpretation and reflecting on previous legislation. The understanding of what is or is not meant in certain areas of the bill is very important. Some definitions have to be clarified. The extent to which terms had to be defined in the bill or in guidance was considered at stage 2. We accepted in good faith the minister's understanding that the most commonsense and reasonable approach was to put much of the definition in guidance. Amendment 5 is a technical amendment, but it will be fundamental to the successful operation of the legislation.