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 heard what committee members have had to say. I, too, say that the bill is the wrong place for amendments

2 and 128. I understand why Daniel Johnson has lodged them, but I hope that amendment 61 is an improvement on what was passed at the committee.

I say to Graham Simpson, who was speaking on behalf of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee, that I am pleased that the committee welcomes the fact that the bill was amended at stage 2 to apply the affirmative procedure to regulations that will be made under section 9(1), in accordance with the committee’s recommendation. I am also pleased to note that the committee reports that it is content with the delegated powers provision, as set out in relation to excluded sentences and approved devices.

Of course, Graham Simpson is right to record the lack of time that the committee had. I apologise to the committee for the inadvertent breach of standing orders and for constraining the time that it had to consider the supplementary delegated powers memorandum. It was delayed as a result of an administrative oversight. I am happy to put on the record my apologies to the committee for that lack of time.

I press amendment 61.