First Minister stands by named-person policy despite Tory criticisms

Modesto Morganelli
Dicembre 7, 2017

Davidson said the policy is "in tatters" after a majority of MSPs on Holyrood's education committee delayed publishing a report on the legislation needed for the scheme to be introduced.

That draft code will not be available until September 2018 at the earliest, Education Secretary John Swinney has said.

Ms Davidson criticised the Scottish Government, telling the First Minister the policy "is a mess and it's only her and the Deputy First Minister that can't seem to see it".

Pressing Ms Sturgeon on the issue at First Minister's Questions, she demanded: " We should focus resources on those who actually need it rather than having blanket interference for every family in Scotland.

It is the latest setback for the scheme, in which every child would be assigned given a named person, usually a teacher or health visitor, for their protection.

The Supreme Court ruled previous year the information-sharing provisions included in the original legislation was unlawful as it did not comply the European Convention on Human Rights.

"Can she simply concede that so we can all move on?"

They delivered a damning indictment of his handling of the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Bill, saying they said they could not proceed because he had failed to provide the "critical guidance".

The committee said this meant they could not scrutinise the Named Person's powers to share sensitive information about children, or whether they were now lawful.

"If this is about the protection of children rather than political point-scoring, then I think that's the way all of us should be determined to proceed".

That has not happened, so the committee has been unable to produce its report.

The Conservative MSP demanded to know if the First Minister "honestly" believed the named-person policy could be "salvaged". He said failing to support the Bill at the first stage would mean "significantly delaying" its implementation.

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