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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21016: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on revising (a) section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and (b) the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 to allow greater rights for grandparents to have access to their grandchildren.

Answered by: Ash Denham 25 January 2019

We have recently consulted on the review of Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. Amongst other things, the consultation sought views on whether there should be a presumption in law that grandchildren benefit from contact with their grandparents. We are now considering next steps.

The Programme for Government for 2018-19 announced that there will be a Family Law Bill introduced during this parliamentary session.