(198)  Debts not to be forgiven in Scotland

By 80 votes to 4 with 28 abstentions, the Scottish Parliament on 19 September 2002 approved the principles of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill, by which the Scottish Executive proposes various schemes of debt arrangement and an exceptional attachment order as a last resort procedure for the enforcement of debt in Scotland.  This will replace poindings and warrant sales, the abolition of which under a previous Act promoted by Tommy Sheridan MSP takes effect after 31 December 2002.  See Nos 90 and 122 previously.