Miners’ Strike 1984/85 Pardon: Consultation

Closed 4 Jun 2021

Opened 12 Mar 2021

Feedback updated 7 Dec 2021

We asked

We consulted on a series of questions relating to the qualifying criteria for  pardoning Miners convicted of certain offences relating to the Miners' Strike of 1984-85.

You said

The findings from the consultative response indicated that there was broad support for the pardon and that the only relevant qualifying criteria should be the range of offences to be covered by the pardon.

We did

A Miners Strike Pardons Bill was announced in September 2021 as part of the Scottish Government's 2021-22 legislative programme.

The findings of the consultative response alongside other available evidence were used to inform the preparation of the Bill.

The Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 27 October 2021 and has been published

The Scottish Parliament is currently seeking views from the public on the Bill as introduced.

Results updated 17 Aug 2021

A report was published on 17 August 2021 which presents the findings from the analysis of responses to the Miners' Strike 1984/85 Pardon Consultation.


Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


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 invited views on the qualifying criteria for a pardon.

Why your views matter

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 this was consulted upon.

Read the consultation paper. 

What happens next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence. Responses to the consultation will be published where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will also be published. The findings of the consultation will then be used to inform any draft legislation brought forward to give effect to the pardon.


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