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 Humza Yousaf Humza Yousaf Scottish National Party

I have nothing much to add other than to thank colleagues for their contributions.

I will say to Liam Kerr something that I have said since taking on this role a year ago—we should always be driven by the data and by the experts who are in front of us. I know that he has a lot of respect for organisations such as the Wise Group and the many other groups that work with those who have committed crimes in the past. Those groups tell us that language is important. This change in the legislation will not make it illegal or criminalise anybody for using the word “offender”; they can use that word in their daily discourse if they wish to do so. However, as legislators, we have a responsibility to listen to experts and to change the law accordingly. I am delighted to have the support of—it seems—the majority of parliamentarians to do that.