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Miners' Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill - Financial Memorandum


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.

Financial Memorandum

As with all Bills, the Finance and Public Administration Committee invites written evidence on the estimated financial implications of the Bill as set out in its accompanying Financial Memorandum (FM).

Read the FM for this Bill: Financial Memorandum.

Your Views

The call for views on the Bill's FM closed on 22 December 2021.

The Committee received 1 submission to the call for views. Read the submission received on Citizen Space.

The Committee has agreed to forward the submission received to the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee as part of that Committee's consideration of the Miners' Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill and take no further action.

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