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S5W-19671: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the membership is of the working group on defining sectarianism; on which dates the group met; when it expects the group to publish its report, and whether it will provide the dates of all its future meetings.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 9 November 2018

The independent Working Group on Defining Sectarianism in Scots Law was made up of Duncan Morrow (Chair); Alison Logan; Andrew Tickell; Margaret Lynch; Ian Galloway; and Michael Rosie. All were invited to participate in the group as individuals because of their expertise in working on tackling sectarianism or their knowledge of the law.

This was a short life working group which has now concluded. We will now consult on the group’s findings as part of the consultation on developing consolidated hate crime legislation which will be launched shortly. At the same time we will publish the group’s report along with the papers relating to their meetings.

No decisions on a legal definition of sectarianism will be taken until the consultation has been completed and the responses analysed. The consultation will be open to all, and I fully encouraging everyone with an interest to participate in it.