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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 was passed on 16 June 2022 and became an Act on 26 July 2022


Contents


Stage 3 - Final changes and vote

MSPs can propose further “amendments” (changes) to the Bill. MSPs decide on each of these. Finally, they debate and vote on whether to pass the Bill.

The Bill ended Stage 3 on 16 June 2022

Debate on the proposed amendments

MSPs can propose further “amendments” (changes) to the Bill. Amendments are “selected” (chosen for debate) by the Presiding Officer. MSPs then debate and decide on the amendments.

Documents with the amendments considered at the meeting held on 16 June 2022.

Meeting on 16 June 2022

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Final debate on the Bill

Once MSPs have debated and decided on the amendments, they debate whether to pass the Bill.

Meeting on 16 June 2022

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Final vote on the Bill

After the debate, MSPs vote on whether to pass the Bill.

Meeting on 16 June 2022

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Final version of the Bill

Motion ref. S6M-04979

Miners’ Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Supported by: Ash Regan
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 16, 2022

Result 117 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote Vote Passed

The Bill was passed on 16 June 2022