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 Kerr Liam Kerr Conservative

I will not, if that is alright with the cabinet secretary—it is not a major point.

I quoted what Social Work Scotland said when this was discussed at stage 2, and that is what the Justice Committee heard. What is sorely lacking are the summaries of evidence that are narrated in court; important information may be missing because of that, particularly in relation to victims.

I also draw the cabinet secretary’s attention to recommendation 182 of the Justice Committee’s stage 1 report, in which the committee called on the Scottish Government to explore with the SCTS how to

“routinely supply criminal justice social workers with summaries of evidence”.

The cabinet secretary says that there is “limited merit” in that, but the Justice Committee was clear on the merit. That is why the Parliament must take this forward.

The cabinet secretary alluded to amendment 126. For the avoidance of doubt, that is a good amendment and we will be voting for it. However, that does not negate why we should vote for amendment 144, which I will press.