The Week Ahead in Holyrood – 04/06/2018

On Tuesday there will be a Scottish Government Debate entitled Celebrating Scotland’s Volunteers. This will be immediately followed by a Legislative Consent Motion on the Parking (Code of Practice) Bill. This Bill makes provision for and in connection with a code of practice containing guidance about the operation and management of private parking facilities.

On Wednesday, Portfolio Questions will focus on Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, followed by Justice and the Law Officers. This will be followed by Stage 3 Proceedings on the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill. This Bill will provide a formal pardon to people convicted of criminal offences for engaging in same-sex sexual activity that is now legal and will also put in place a scheme to enable people convicted of these offences to apply to have them disregarded so that they do not show up in criminal record checks.

On Thursday, General Questions will be followed by First Minister’s Questions. There will also be a Scottish Government Debate on Lord Bracadale’s independent review of hate crime legislation. The review was set up in January 2017 to consider whether existing hate crime law is the most effective approach for the justice system to deal with criminal conduct motivated by hatred, malice, ill-will or prejudice. The final report was published on the 31st of May 2018 with several recommendations for the Scottish Government.

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