Disclosure (Scotland) Bill

 

About the Bill

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to restate and amend the law relating to the disclosure of criminal history and other information by the Scottish Ministers; to make amendments to the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007; and for connected purposes.

Read the Bill and Accompanying Documents

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, on 12 June 2019. 

Keeling schedule

This “Keeling schedule” has been provided by the Scottish Government to assist the Committee members in their scrutiny of the Bill and, whilst every effort has been made to ensure that it accurately reflects the amendments proposed to the PVG Act by the Bill at introduction, the Government cannot warrant its accuracy.

Keeling schedule (please note the context provided above)

Stage 1

The Education and Skills Committee has been designated as the lead Committee for Stage 1 scrutiny. 

Evidence

Read the call for evidence on the Bill(published Friday 28 June 2019)

The Committee received the following written submissions in response to its call for views.

Evidence Sessions

4 September 2019

The Committee heard evidence from the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill team.

View the Committee meeting from 4 September here .

9 October 2019

The Committee is heard evidence from a introductory panel 

View the Committee meeting from the 9 October here

6 November 2019

The Committee heard evidence from 2 panels of witnesses.

View the Committee meeting from the 6 November here

13 November 2019 

The Committee heard evidence from 1 panel of witnesses.

View the Committee meeting from 13 November here

20 November 2019

The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Children and Young People.

View the Committee meeting from the 20 November here

Focus groups

The Committee held focus groups on 12 and 13 November to inform its scrutiny. Notes from these focus groups can be found below:

Correspondence

The Convener of the Education and Skills Committee wrote to the Minister for Children and Young People in respect of the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill. Read the letter from the Convener and response from the Minister below.

The Convener of the Education and Skills Committee wrote to the Minister for Children and Young  People for additional information in respect of the Disclosure (Bill) Scotland. Read the letter from the Convener and response from the Minister below.

The Convener of the Education and Skills Committee received correspondence from the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans in respect of the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill and the Scottish Governments view on protected subject-matter.

The Committee received a submission from Fiona Drouet from the charity Emilytest. This submission raised some points in respect of changes to proceedures aroung PVG checks carried out by UCAS. The Committee wrote to both Universities Scotland and UCAS in this respect. The letters from the Convener and the responses from UCAS and Universities Scotland are noted below.

The Committee received correspondence from the Minister for Children and Young People regarding the test of "relevant for the purpose of the disclosure" and "ought to be included in the disclosure".

The Committee received correspondence from the Minister for Children and Young People regarding the making of regulations concerning conditions imposed on scheme members under consideration for listing.

The Convener wrote to the Law Society and the Faculty of Advocates regarding the test of "relevant for the purpose of the disclosure" and "ought to be included in the disclosure". The letter from the Convener and the responses from the Law Society and the Faculty of Advocates.

The Convener wrote to the Minister for Children and Young People regarding amendments to the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill.

 
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