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To ask the Scottish Government when a minister last met proprietors of road haulage companies, and what was discussed.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 20/04/2017
Mavisbank School, Staff Cuts

That Parliament notes with concern that North Lanarkshire Council has decided to remove and replace five experienced members of staff from Mavisbank School in Airdrie; understands that the school supports 25 people aged from five to 18 who have complex additional support and significant medical needs; considers that the local authority has so far failed to address the concerns of families, despite these being raised repeatedly; further notes that over 3,000 people have signed a petition calling on North Lanarkshire Council to abandon these plans, and calls on the council to reconsider its proposals by pausing its implementation and by engaging in consultation with the families of Mavisbank School pupils.

Supported by: James Dornan, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Ivan McKee, Colin Beattie, Clare Haughey, Fulton MacGregor, Kenneth Gibson, Angus MacDonald, David Torrance


To ask the Scottish Government what procedures police officers use when investigating allegations from a person that they have been sexually or indecently assaulted by a sibling or adult relative, and what differences there are in handling allegations (a) made by (i) a child against a child, (ii) a child against an adult and (iii) an adult against an adult, and (b) of historical abuse.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 27/03/2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many detentions in relation to (a) sexual offences and (b) indecency have been made under section 14 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 in each of the last three years, also broken down by how many involved a sibling being detained.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 27/03/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what standard of proof is applied by police officers to differentiate whether an allegation of sexual assault or indecency by a child against a sibling can be considered as sibling curiosity, including what elements in the case must be present.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 27/03/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what criteria police officers use when determining whether to detain a person under section 14 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995, and under what circumstances officers would consider interviewing without detention.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 27/03/2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many detentions have been made under section 14 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 in each of the last three years.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 27/03/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what training is given to police officers regarding how to determine the difference between sibling curiosity and sexual abuse or indecency; who (a) provides and (b) is given this training, and at what stage in an officer’s career this is provided.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 27/03/2017
Caldercraig Bowling Club and Chapelhall over-60’s Club, Big Lottery Award

That the Parliament congratulates Caldercraig Bowling Club on receiving £9,800 from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All scheme and sportscotland; understands that the funding will be used to encourage participation and increase accessibility, and further understands that nearly £6,350 is going to Chapelhall over-60’s club to help run its busy programme of activities for members over the course of the next year.

Supported by: James Dornan, Sandra White, Edward Mountain, Ruth Maguire, Joan McAlpine, Clare Haughey, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Graeme Dey, Bob Doris, David Torrance, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Ivan McKee, Jackson Carlaw, Angus MacDonald, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson


To ask the Scottish Government when the Lord Advocate will publish a substantive response to the letters sent to him on 7 June, 30 July and 15 December 2016 from members of the Justice for Megrahi committee, which sought clarification on the Crown Office and Police Scotland enquiries into criminal allegations arising from the Abdelbaset al-Megrahi case.


Answered by James Wolffe QC (02/03/2017):

The correspondence referred to above has been responded to on 28 February 2017.


Current Status: Answered by James Wolffe QC on 02/03/2017