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Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill - Equality Impact Assessment

Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill - Equality Impact Assessment

Thursday, November 30, 2017

ISBN: 9781788514644

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

Executive Summary

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.