Forced Marriage etc (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd March 2011.

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Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

I lodged amendments 1 to 4 as a result of the on-going dialogue on the bill between the Government and the Law Society of Scotland. As the bill stands, an individual who had no involvement in the original proceedings for an order under part 1 of the bill, and who is not otherwise directly affected by the order, is unable to apply to vary, recall or extend the order. That might cause a difficulty for the victim, if the original application was made by a support agency and the victim then moves to another part of Scotland and wishes to rely on a different support agency to apply to vary, recall or extend the order. Given that the bill already makes provision for other persons, including the victim and those who would be affected by the order, to apply to vary, recall or extend the original order without leave of the court, it is not thought that that difficulty will arise often. The amendments are intended to ensure that no such difficulty will arise, however infrequent. I therefore ask members to support amendments 1 to 4.

I move amendment 1.

Amendment 1 agreed to.

Amendment 2 moved—[Alex Neil]—and agreed to.

Section 8—Extension of orders

Amendments 3 and 4 moved—[Alex Neil]—and agreed to.

Section 9—Offence of breaching order