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Bills and Laws

Miners' Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill

Overview

The Bill provides a pardon for miners who were convicted of certain offences relating to the 1984-1985 miners’ strike where the conditions of the pardon are met.

The offences are:

  • breach of the peace
  • breach of bail conditions – Section 3 of the Bail etc. (Scotland) Act 1980
  • obstructing police etc. – Section 41(1)(a) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

The offence must have been committed while the miner was taking part in a picket line, demonstration or similar gathering in support of the strike - or while travelling to or from a picket line,  demonstration or similar gathering.

If the Bill is enacted, a pardon will apply automatically. Miners will not need to apply for a pardon.

 

The Bill is at Stage 1


Contents


Overview

The Bill provides a pardon for miners who were convicted of certain offences relating to the 1984-1985 miners’ strike where the conditions of the pardon are met.

The offences are:

  • breach of the peace
  • breach of bail conditions – Section 3 of the Bail etc. (Scotland) Act 1980
  • obstructing police etc. – Section 41(1)(a) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

The offence must have been committed while the miner was taking part in a picket line, demonstration or similar gathering in support of the strike - or while travelling to or from a picket line,  demonstration or similar gathering.

If the Bill is enacted, a pardon will apply automatically. Miners will not need to apply for a pardon.

 

Why the Bill was created

In 2018 the Scottish Government launched an independent review of the policing of the miners' strike, 1984-1985. The review specifically looked at the impact the policing had had on communities.

The independent review's final report was published in 2020. The report recommended that the Scottish Government should pardon people convicted of certain offences related to the strike. This Bill takes forward that recommendation.

The Scottish Government has outlined that it has a vision for a just, safe and resilient Scotland. The Government has said it has created this Bill to help it achieve that vision.