Nicola Sturgeon vows to press ahead with 'broken' Named Person scheme

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

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

Parliamentary rules mean the legislation can not proceed until a committee report has been completed.

She added: "It is about the protection of children, this bill is not about the principle of named person, it's about the information sharing that is necessary to ensure vulnerable children don't fall through the gaps in services". The Scottish Government said it fixed flaws identified in the previous law, but it has still drawn criticism from politicians and campaigners for not addressing issues raised by the court.

Ms Sturgeon said: "I do think it is a bit rich for a party that has sought to politically undermine and delay named person at every juncture, and is now supporting a committee decision that would further delay the introduction of named person, to somehow criticise this government for it taking too long to be introduced".

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

The bill being considered by MSPs was a bid to correct these information sharing rules in order to let the system be implemented.

Last month, the committee said it was not able to move the bill for recommendation until a full code of practice for those affected by the plans - such as teachers and social workers - was prepared.


Ms Davidson hit back, saying that the policy was a "mess" claiming that only the First Minister and her deputy John Swinney, who is in charge of the legislation, did not "seem to see it".

Holyrood's standing orders state that parliament will only consider the general principles of a bill "in light of the lead committee's report".

The Scottish government's "named person" legislation has had a rocky ride.

They are to write to the parliament and presiding officer calling for an extension to the legislative process, and said they would write to Mr Swinney to explain their decision.

Opposition members of the committee also criticised him for throwing "his weight around" and adopting a "confrontational, head-in-the-sand approach" in an attempt to bully its members into backing the plan.

Nicola Sturgeon: The First Minister said the scheme is in the best interests of children. "Can she simply concede that so we can all move on".

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