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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


Committee correspondence sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament

Meeting on amendments

Documents with the amendments considered at the meeting held on 10 May 2022.

Minutes of proceedings

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Additional information from the Scottish Government on the Bill following Stage 2