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Catalonia

That the Parliament expresses its deep disappointment and concern at what it considers the failure of the EU to defend the fundamental civil rights of the people of Catalonia in respect of the violent attacks on pro-independence voters and residents by the Spanish authorities; condemns the reported comments of the European Commission's First Vice-president, Frans Timmermans, when he supported the actions of the Spanish police against Catalan citizens trying to exercise their democratic right to vote in the referendum, which it considers represented unwarranted brutality; expresses deep regret at what it sees as the EU’s lack of respect for the rights of national minorities, as expressed in Article 2 of the EU's founding treaty and Article 21 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; believes that, while the commission has no specific powers, it and its member states have a general responsibility to ensure that the fundamental rights of groups such as the Catalans are protected in accordance with European and international law; calls on all EU member states to singularly and collectively use every available diplomatic and political tool to persuade the Spanish Government to adhere to the fundamental principles governing the EU and to pursue a negotiated settlement between itself and the Government of Catalonia, and believes that such a settlement must respects civil rights and the right to self-determination, as laid out in the charter of the UN.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Ivan McKee, Ash Denham, Angus MacDonald, Bob Doris, Sandra White, John Mason, Christine Grahame, Gordon MacDonald, David Torrance, Rona Mackay, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Ben Macpherson, Stuart McMillan, Fulton MacGregor, John Finnie, Gillian Martin, Clare Haughey


Caldervale High School Wins Arts Award

That the Parliament congratulates Caldervale High School, which is in Airdrie, on winning the Best School award at the 2017 North Lanarkshire Youth Arts Festival, which was held at Greenfaulds High School in Cumbernauld and showcased fine art from schools across Monklands; notes that the event was organised by the Visual Artist Unit, an organisation that supports and promotes the arts across Scotland; understands that Caldervale high’s art and design department was recognised for its submission of self-portraits and prints, and wishes the school every success with its future creative work.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Graeme Dey, Richard Leonard, Gillian Martin, Joan McAlpine, Ben Macpherson, Gil Paterson, Ivan McKee, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Emma Harper, Colin Beattie, Stuart McMillan, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur


Current Status: Fallen on 21/06/2017

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


Answered by Humza Yousaf (18/04/2017):

I met with the Road Haulage Association and Ferguson Transport and Shipping on 1 March 2017 to discuss issues relating to the A82 as well as road maintenance.


Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 18/04/2017
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, Clare Adamson


Current Status: Fallen on 20/06/2017

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.


Answered by Michael Matheson (27/03/2017):

This is an operational matter for the Chief Constable, with oversight by the Scottish Police Authority. Where issues arise that concern the wider policy and legislative framework that Ministers are responsible for, then the Scottish Government would give due consideration to these.


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 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.


Answered by Michael Matheson (27/03/2017):

This information is not held centrally and is an operational matter for the Chief Constable, with oversight by the Scottish Police Authority.


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 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.


Answered by Michael Matheson (27/03/2017):

This is an operational matter for the Chief Constable, with oversight by the Scottish Police Authority. Where issues arise that concern the wider policy and legislative framework that Ministers are responsible for, then the Scottish Government would give due consideration to these.


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 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.


Answered by Michael Matheson (27/03/2017):

This is an operational matter for the Chief Constable, with oversight by the Scottish Police Authority. Where issues arise that concern the wider policy and legislative framework that Ministers are responsible for, then the Scottish Government would give due consideration to these.


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 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.


Answered by Michael Matheson (27/03/2017):

This information is not held centrally and is an operational matter for the Chief Constable, with oversight by the Scottish Police Authority.


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 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.


Answered by Michael Matheson (27/03/2017):

This is an operational matter for the Chief Constable, with oversight by the Scottish Police Authority. Where issues arise that concern the wider policy and legislative framework that Ministers are responsible for, then the Scottish Government would give due consideration to these.


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 27/03/2017