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Meeting of the Parliament 16 June 2016 : 16 June 2016
The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Michael Matheson)
I would like to make a statement about Police Scotland’s announcement of an increase in the number of armed police officers.
Fulton MacGregor will be aware that Police Scotland has considered the approach that it believes is best suited to ensure that we have a proportionate response to...
As I have said, we have given Police Scotland’s policing budget real-terms protection over this parliamentary session, which will allow it to invest an additional...
I assure the member that the uplift in firearms officers within Police Scotland reflects intelligence and the service’s consideration of the threat level within S...
As I made clear in my statement and as Police Scotland has made clear, the model of deployment will not change from the arrangements that we have in place—that is...
Part of the work that Police Scotland has been undertaking over the past couple of months has been to look at the changing nature of the threat, and there is no d...
Armed officers are trained to the highest level that officers can be trained to because of their extremely specialist role. If we consider policing right the way ...
A key aspect of the work that Police Scotland will take forward from today is engagement with the chairs of the scrutiny committees, individual local authorities ...
In her initial comments, Margaret Mitchell referred to assessing the threat that we face as a result of incidents that have occurred in other parts of Europe. I e...
As the member will recognise, the decision is an operational decision for the chief constable to make, although it is a decision that has the full backing of the ...
That the Parliament agrees that the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill be passed.
Supported by: Paul Wheelhouse, Joe FitzPatrick
That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Armed Forces Bill, introduced to the House of Commons on 16 September 2015, relating to MOD firefighters, so far as this matter is within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.
That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill.
Supported by: Paul Wheelhouse
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2016 [draft] be approved.
That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill be passed.
That the Parliament agrees that the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill be passed.
That the Parliament agrees that the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill be passed.
That the Parliament agrees that the Prisoners (Control of Release) (Scotland) Bill
That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Constables in Scotland: Code of Practice) Order 2015 [draft] be approved.
However, as part of a cervical cytology laboratory review a detailed exercise took place to identify and allocate costs to cervical laboratory services. The total estimated costs across the cervical cytology laboratories only, as of May 2010, was calculated at £5,849,159.
Introduce an annual payment of £12,800 for those living with hepatitis C who qualify for Stage 2 payments from the Skipton Fund;
Allow posthumous clams for support to be made on behalf of people who died before 29 August 2003;
Increase the one-off payment made to those who qualify for Stage 2 payments from £25,000 to £50,000 (whether the patient is alive or dead);
Give access to discretionary fund for patients and/or their dependants suffering financial hardship;
Relevant patients who develop hepatitis C-related B cell lymphoma to be eligible to claim for Stage 2 payment; and
Increase the annual payment for those with hepatitis C/HIV in line with the consumer price index.
I understand that patient representatives believe that payments to those in Stage 1 of the illness should also be increased. I am also therefore announcing that this issue, and the implementation of the measures confirmed today, will be reviewed when we consider the final report (and any recommendations) of the Penrose Inquiry.
The cost of these new provisions is estimated to be around £18 million over the next five years. Funding for the first year has been earmarked from the health budget for 2011-12 and, thereafter, funding will be provided through future health budgets.
The revised term of reference 6 will be amended to read:
To investigate the deaths of Reverend David Black, Mrs Eileen O''Hara, Alexander Black Laing and Victor Tamburrini, with particular reference to the circumstances in which they became infected with the hepatitis C virus, HIV or both.
The work is ongoing and covers a multitude of developments requiring different solutions, including some at pre-planning stage, so it is not possible to apply any timescales for completion.
Further information on the issue and the feasibility report can be obtained on the SG website at:
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