Criminal Justice Bill

Part of Justice and Law Officers – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 14 June 2007.

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Photo of John Park John Park Labour 2:15, 14 June 2007

I welcome the minister to his new role—this is the first opportunity that I have had to do so.

The minister will be aware that there is significant cross-party support for the introduction of corporate homicide legislation. I understand that, due to a number of complex factors, there was insufficient parliamentary time in session 2 to deal with Karen Gillon's member's bill on the subject.

Given that, in 2005, when he was in opposition, the minister stated that

"Legislation on corporate homicide is not only supported in principle across Parliament and throughout the country, but is urgently needed now", can he advise the chamber today whether the new Administration intends to bring forward such legislation?