Miners' Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill
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 was passed on 16 June 2022 and became an Act on 26 July 2022
Stage 2 - Changes to detail
MSPs can propose changes (“amendments”) to the Bill. The amendments are considered and decided on by a committee.
The Bill ended Stage 2 on 10 May 2022
The correspondence the Committee sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament.
Bill as amended at Stage 2
Additional information from the Scottish Government on the Bill following Stage 2
Revised Explanatory Notes
Explanation of the Bill