SNP minister Annabelle Ewing '˜unprepared' over tagging figures

SNP minister Annabelle Ewing was prevented from moving legislation on the electronic tagging of offenders after being rebuked by the convener of a Holyrood committee.

Annabelle Ewing MSP. Picture: Scott Louden

The legal affairs minister was appearing in front of MSPs yesterday to ask them to pass subordinate legislation which would overturn a ban on tagging those who have previously breached community sentences. But she was unable to provide statistics which were said to support the proposals.

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Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell, the committee’s convener, said: “Minister, I’m going to ask you not to move this at this time. I would very much like to see the statistics, which the committee should have had. You and your officials have come today unprepared without statistics referred to in the report – I find that unacceptable.”

Ms Ewing said it had been up to MSPs to carry out their own research into the matter.