Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc and Care) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 3 March 2016.

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Photo of Maureen Watt Maureen Watt Scottish National Party

Presiding Officer, I indicated at stage 2 that an amendment would be lodged at stage 3 in relation to the care-worker offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect, which is set out in section 26 of the bill. Amendment 2 will add that offence to the list of offences in the Police (Scotland) Act 1997 that must always be disclosed in higher-level disclosures. I thank Mary Scanlon for the work that she has done on the amendment.

The serious nature of that offence and the breach of trust that is involved are such that the passage of time will not diminish the relevance of the information to a prospective employer or volunteer organisation. Amendment 2 will ensure that Disclosure Scotland will always disclose spent convictions for that offence.

Its inclusion on the list of offences that must always be disclosed means that no matter how old the conviction is, it will always be disclosed in a higher-level disclosure and will therefore be available to employers and volunteer organisations.

I move amendment 2.