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Questions over Remedial Order 15/08/2019 A Holyrood Committee is seeking answers after it was not given advance notice of the Scottish Government’s intention to allow prisoners in Shetland the right to vote in an upcoming by-election.

Questions over Remedial Order

The Scottish Parliament’s Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee is seeking answers after it was not given advance notice of the Scottish Government’s intention to allow prisoners in Shetland the right to vote in an upcoming by-election.

A rarely used ‘Remedial Order’ was introduced by the Scottish Government to allow prisoners in Shetland to vote in the August 29th by-election to replace Tavish Scott. The Scottish Government said this was to ensure compliance with the European Convention of Human Rights. However, the timing of the Order meant the Delegated Powers and Law Reform (DPLR) Committee had no opportunity to express a view on whether the use of this Order was appropriate.

The Committee has written to Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, calling on him to appear before it to address its concerns.

“We only received notification of this Remedial Order the day before it came into effect and this meant we did not have adequate time to assess the proposed change,” said Graham Simpson MSP, Convener of the DPLR Committee. “Although we are currently in recess, it is essential for the integrity of the Parliament that suitable scrutiny of any legislation takes place.”

“That’s why it is essential that our concerns are addressed,” he added.

The Committee is seeking a response to its letter by Friday 23rd August.

 

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