The EQIA demonstrates that there are no potentially negative impacts to equality groups
resulting from the granting of a pardon to people convicted of criminal offences for engaging
in same-sex sexual activity that is now legal or from the creation of a scheme to allow people
with such convictions to apply to have them disregarded so that they do not show up in
disclosure/criminal record checks.
It will have a positive effect on people who have been convicted of these offences by
ensuring that, in future, they can apply to have such convictions disregarded so that they will
never appear on, for example, a high-level disclosure check when a person is applying for a
job or voluntary position. The Bill also helps to make clear Scotland’s position on LGBTI
equality, given that there are still many countries around the world which criminalise all
sexual activity between men.