MSPs are to be given the chance to vote on a UK-wide law to revamp sentencing for terror offences.
Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf announced on Friday a legislative consent motion (LCM) has been lodged at Holyrood to give MSPs the chance to vote on the legislation.
An LCM can be lodged in any of the UK’s devolved administrations when a Bill introduced at Westminster legislates on a devolved matter.
However the result of an LCM is not binding and cannot act as a veto, as was the case last month when Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland voted to withhold consent for the Brexit Bill.
The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill was introduced in the Commons following the terror attack in Streatham earlier this month after it emerged the attacker – who stabbed two people before being shot dead by police – had been released from prison 10 days before.
The legislation aims to move the earliest release point from half of a custodial sentence to two-thirds, with parole boards given responsibility for assessing the risk of individual offenders.
Mr Yousaf said while there should be reform of sentencing, more should be done to stop radicalisation and ensure terror offences are never planned in the first place.
The LCM is due to be debated at Holyrood next week.
Mr Yousaf said: “The Scottish Government has considered carefully the UK Government request to lodge a legislative consent motion (LCM) for this Bill.
“The UK Government policy to change early release rules for terrorists requires consequential changes to Scottish ministers’ functions in the area of release of prisoners that require legislative consent to be given.
“We have now lodged an LCM for the Scottish Parliament’s approval to minimise the risk of error and confusion arising in the law so that workable enforcement of sentencing provisions can operate in the future.
“The appropriate enforcement of sentencing is, of course, important in dealing with the threats posed by terrorists.
“However, it is also critical there is sufficient focus on safeguarding and early interventions aimed at preventing vulnerable individuals from being radicalised in the first place and on efforts to de-radicalise individuals when in custody and on release.
“That is the most effective way of dealing with the terrorist threats that we are facing.”