Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th June 2019.

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Photo of Liam McArthur Liam McArthur Liberal Democrat

I was not intending to observe the 60-second rule. I was not even intending to speak until Liam Kerr’s invitation to do so.

The point that was made by the cabinet secretary and Daniel Johnson about stigmatisation is fair and valid. It reinforces what we heard in evidence sessions throughout our consideration of the bill.

The other important fact is that extending these provisions to people prior to any ruling from the court would be impossible were it not for the redefinition that the cabinet secretary has proposed. We will certainly support his amendments.