Before section 87

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 Iain Smith Iain Smith Liberal Democrat 10:30 am, 8th March 2007

Concerns arose at stage 1 and stage 2 about mythical stories about school discos and so on, but we also heard some real stories about people being required to provide disclosure checks in clearly inappropriate and unnecessary circumstances. I welcome the minister's intention to produce guidance on those issues that will, hopefully, clarify the circumstances in which a disclosure check or scheme record is and is not required, which is extremely important.

Could the minister, when he sums up, assure us that there will be wide consultation, not only on the forthcoming regulations but on the guidance? In particular, will the next education committee have the opportunity to consider any draft guidance before it is finalised?