The Public Petitions Committee has considered a range of issues within the powers of the Scottish Parliament. Here are some examples of recent petition outcomes:
- PE1098/PE1223: School bus safety. Gillian Martin MSP introduced the Seat Belts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill on 28 February 2017.
- PE1604: Inquests for all deaths by suicide in Scotland. The Scottish Government agreed to extend the remit of section 37 of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 to include the deaths of patients who were receiving care in the community under compulsory treatment orders, as called for by the petition.
- PE1595: Moratorium on shared space schemes. The Scottish Government agreed to convene a seminar to bring together a range of interested stakeholders to discuss the issue of shared space road schemes and the impact these schemes can have on different users.
- PE1523: Tinkers’ Heart of Argyll. Historic Scotland agreed to conduct an equalities impact assessment and reassess the site. Its reassessment led to the site being scheduled as a monument of national importance and a review of Historic Scotland’s wider processes for gathering and assessing ‘associative’ information.
- PE1517: Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices. At its meeting of 17 June 2014, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing announced the Scottish Government would launch an independent review into the devices and would ask the acting Chief Medical Officer to write to all health boards to request they suspend the use of these devices while the review is undertaken.
- PE1496: Bedroom Tax Mitigation. On 7 May 2014, the Scottish Government announced lifting the cap on discretionary payments to those affected.
- PE1473: Wi-Fi on CalMac Ferries. Caledonian MacBrayne initiated a Networks project to deliver Wi-Fi on their ferries.
- PE1393: Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation in Scotland. The Public Petitions Committee held an inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation. In response, the Scottish Government launched a National Action Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation.
- PE1285: Free Calls to NHS 24 for Mobile Phones. In April 2014, the Scottish Government introduced a new 111 number.
- PE1135: Review of Guidelines to Allow Healthy Gay and Bisexual Men to Donate Blood. Guidelines were revised to allow men, whose last sexual contact with another man was 12 months ago, to be blood donors subject to meeting other donor selection criteria.