Humza Yousaf faces FMQs as Horizon Bill debate continues

The Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill as currently proposed would only quash convictions in England and Wales.

Humza Yousaf is answering FMQs after telling the UK Government they should “think again” about making its Horizon Bill UK-wide

The legislation – which will quash the convictions of subpostmasters as a result of faults with the Post Office IT system – is due to be introduced on Wednesday, but will cover only England and Wales.

Humza Yousaf said he was “greatly disappointed” that is the case, but stressed steps can still be taken to ensure the legislation comes into effect across the UK.

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, he urged the UK Government to “think again”, but said his own Government is working on bringing forward a Bill.

Elsewhere, reforms seeking to diversify land ownership in rural and island communities has been put before Holyrood on Thursday.

MPs on the Scottish Affairs Committee have launched an inquiry into the progress of investment deals worth £6.2bn which are designed to boost regional growth.

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