HOLYROOD has passed new regulations ahead of laws which will allow gay men to be pardoned if they have historical convictions for same-sex sexual activity.

MSPs on the Equalities and Human Rights Committee approved the regulations setting out the different means by which disregarded convictions can be removed from official records.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said the move was “an important final step” in implementing legislation that Holyrood passed last year to grant an automatic pardon to every man in Scotland criminalised for breaching now-repealed discriminatory laws.

Private same-sex activity between two men over the age of 21 was illegal in Scotland until 1981 and the age of consent for gay men was reduced to 16 in 2001.

The Historical Sexual Offences Act 2018 comes into force on October 15.