– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 7th March 2011.

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Photo of Richard Baker Richard Baker Labour

Question S3W-39532

To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government on the issue of prisoners’ rights to vote since the European Court of Human Rights ruling, in light of the possible impact on Scottish prisons.

Photo of Jim Mather Jim Mather Scottish National Party

In April 2009 the previous (Labour) UK Government issued its second consultation paper in response to the European Court’s ruling in the Hirst case. In the context of the then government’s conclusion in the light of the Court’s ruling "that prisoners’ right to vote should be determined on the basis of their sentence" the Scottish Government’s response to the UK Government made it clear that the burden on those affected (the Scottish Prison Service, the Court Service and electoral administrators) should be kept to a minimum.

The Scottish Government has since made its general position (that we do not believe that convicted prisoners should be entitled to vote) known in numerous exchanges in the Scottish Parliament.

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