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S5W-20590: Fulton MacGregor (Coatbridge and Chryston)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 13 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish its proposed consultation on prisoners voting in devolved elections in Scotland.

Answered by: Michael Russell 14 December 2018

I am pleased to announce the publication today of our Consultation on Prisoner Voting.

In response to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee report, the Scottish Government announced that a consultation on prisoner voting would be launched before the end of the year. The consultation paper, published today, sets out the Scottish Government's proposal for ensuring compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights on the matter of prisoners voting.

The proposal is to enfranchise only those prisoners on short sentences. Views are sought on the appropriate length of term.

The consultation will run for a 12 week period to seek views on prisoner voting in Scottish Parliament and Local Government elections. After the consultation has closed, the responses will be analysed and a report published. The Scottish Government will then advise of next steps.

I am pleased to announce the publication today of our Consultation on Prisoner Voting.

In response to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee report, the Scottish Government announced that a consultation on prisoner voting would be launched before the end of the year. The consultation paper, published today, sets out the Scottish Government’s proposal for ensuring compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights on the matter of prisoners voting.

The proposal is to enfranchise only those prisoners on short sentences. Views are sought on the appropriate length of term.

The consultation will run for a 12 week period to seek views on prisoner voting in Scottish Parliament and Local Government elections. After the consultation has closed, the responses will be analysed and a report published. The Scottish Government will then advise of next steps.