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Meeting of the Parliament 22 May 2018 [Draft] : 22 May 2018
The public contact strategy consultation exercise will start later this year. The contact assessment model and the training for ...
Those are matters for the HMICS, which will discharge the recommendations only once they have been completed by Police Scotland. Review will be a matter for HMICS...
The HMICS report considered the work that is being done by Police Scotland on its gazetteer—a matter that Lewis Macdonald has raised with me on a number of occasions—and the possibility of h...
It is clear from having directed the HMICS assurance review of Police Scotland that I recognise the need for Police Scotland to address a number of issues around ...
A key part of the way in which I expect Police Scotland and, I have no doubt, the SPA will want to continue to monitor how Police Scotland carries out call handli...
John Finnie has raised an important point. Some of what I mentioned in response to Claire Baker will help to address some of the issues of concern relating to tha...
As ever, when a member of the public contacts Police Scotland and is not satisfied with its response, there is, if the individual has concerns, a process for the ...
In the course of my statement, I referred to a number of areas in which improvements have been made and the work that is being taken forward by Police Scotland wi...
I am sure that Maurice Corry recognises that 2.6 million calls to 101 is a significant number of calls over the course of a year. One of the areas of work that Po...
Police Scotland is undertaking a range of work on its existing ICT infrastructure. At the last SPA board meeting, it indicated the level of investment that it considers might be necessary in...
That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Searches under Part 5: Constables in Scotland: Code of Practice) Order 2018 [draft] be approved.
Supported by: Annabelle Ewing
That the Parliament agrees that the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill be passed.
As an amendment to motion S5M-10038 in the name of Liam Kerr (Justice), leave out from “believes” to end and insert “notes the Cabinet Secretary for Justice’s statement to the Parliament of 10 January 2018 regarding the Chief Constable’s leave of absence; recognises the importance of due process being followed in respect of all investigations relating to officer conduct, and accepts the need for careful judgement to be exercised when commenting on ongoing investigations in order to ensure fairness to all affected parties.”
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 (Support for Victims) Regulations 2018 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Human Intelligence Sources - Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2018 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Surveillance and Property Interference - Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2018 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Equipment Interference - Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2018 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Application and Modification of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016) (Scotland) Order 2017 [draft] be approved.
As an amendment to motion S5M-09378 in the name of Liam McArthur (Justice), leave out from "does not" to end and insert “acknowledges that the creation of Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) were among the most significant public sector reforms undertaken by the Parliament; notes that the reform has helped to protect frontline policing during a period of restricted budgets; recognises that, despite current challenges, an effective and resilient police service is being provided in communities by dedicated police officers and staff; believes that the scrutiny of policing is stronger than it has ever been; supports the work of the review currently being undertaken by Nicola Marchant and Malcolm Burr to improve the support that is being provided to the SPA board; recognises that there is scope for improvement in the way that the current accountability model works, particularly with regard to engaging local interests in national governance; welcomes the appointment of Susan Deacon as Chair of the SPA and her commitment to an inclusive model of governance, and calls on all stakeholders to work with her to put her new agenda into action."
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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