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 Gordon Lindhurst Gordon Lindhurst Conservative

Briefly, the purpose of amendment 3 is set out within the amendment. It is to do with Parole Board hearings and it seeks

“to ensure that a prisoner whose case the Board is considering” is able to understand

“the ... matters being discussed at the hearing”.

In technical terms, the amendment would simply bring the provisions for people who appear in front of the Parole Board into line with the provisions for people who are detained under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, by having the provisions of that act made available to them. The point is to provide appropriate support for vulnerable prisoners at Parole Board hearings.

I will conclude with the words of the cabinet secretary in his letter to me of 10 June. He said:

“It is clear that your suggestion has merit”.

My delight at those words is equalled only by my disappointment that it is his intention, I understand, not to support my amendment 3. However, I intend to move and press it.

I move amendment 3