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Petition by Ms Catherine Harper  
 
Closed Petitions - Petition PE476  
Petition calling for the Scottish Parliament to take immediate steps to (a) ensure that the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 is fully and effectively enforced in relation to the display of obscene material and (b) review this legislation to determine whether it is adequate or whether it requires amendment.  
Petitioner: Ms Catherine Harper  
On behalf of: Scottish Women against Pornography 
Number of signatures: 2  
Date lodged: 5 March 2002  
Summary:

12 March 2002 :   The Public Petitions Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Executive, the Parliamentary Cross-Party Groups on both Men's Violence Against Women and Survivors of Sexual Abuse, and the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland, seeking their views in relation to the issues raised in the petition. The Committee also agreed to pass a copy of the petition on to the Clerks to the Justice Committees for information only at this stage. 

25 June 2002 :   The Public Petitions Committee considered responses from the Scottish Executive, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, the Cross-Party Group on Men's Violence Against Women and Children, and the Cross-Party Group on Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse in relation to the issues raised. The Committee agreed to formally refer the petition to the Justice 2Committee for further consideration. The Committee also agreed to seek clarification from the Executive on a particular issue and to pass this response directly to the Justice 2 Committee. 

30 October 2002 :   The Justice 2 Committee considered petition PE476 by Ms Catherine Harper on behalf of Scottish Women Against Pornography on the display of obscene material and agreed to seek further information from the Executive and the petitioner. 

28 January 2003 :   The Justice 2 Committee considered petition PE476 by Ms Catherine Harper on behalf of Scottish Women Against Pornography on the display of obscene material. The Committee agreed that no further action was appropriate at this stage in light of the Scottish Executive's current research commitments in this area. 

 
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