Miners’ Strike 1984/85 Pardon: Consultation

Closed 4 Jun 2021

Opened 12 Mar 2021


In October 2020, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice announced that the Scottish Government accepted in principle the recommendation made by an independent review panel, that subject to establishing suitable criteria, the Scottish Government should introduce legislation to pardon miners convicted for matters related to the strike. The Cabinet Secretary also undertook to consult widely on what the criteria should be.

This consultation therefore welcomes views on the qualifying criteria for a pardon in respect of convictions relating to the miners’ strike of 1984/85.

Why we are consulting

The Scottish Government envisages that an automatic and collective pardon will apply where the qualifying criteria are met. That is why it is important that careful consideration is given to the qualifying criteria, and why we are consulting on this.

Read the consultation paper. 

What happens next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will also be made available.


  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Equality, Welfare and Rights
  • Law and Order