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Justice Committee 23 June 2020 [Draft] : 23 June 2020
I understand the point behind amendment 86, but I am not convinced that three years after royal assent is the right timetable. The committee will understand that ...
Lengthy court proceedings and undue delays in cases relating to children are not in a child’s best interests, which is why section 21 provides that
Clearly, the deployment of the judiciary is a matter for the Lord President and the sheriffs principal.
Amendment 39 gives the Scottish ministers power by regulations to amend the list of persons who may be appointed by the court to investigate the reasons for actua...
I appreciate the aims of amendment 84, but I cannot support it. I am aware that a number of stakeholders have suggested that the bill should introduce a formal system of child support worker...
Section 13 requires the court to reassess the appointment of a curator ad litem every six months. The provision currently applies to curators appointed before the...
Amendments 57 and 80 would direct Scottish ministers to make regulations to provide for legal aid to be available for parties to...
I think that I am right in saying that Liam McArthur said that he was not going to move amendment 78. I was going to say that it was opposed by Social Work Scotla...
On amendment 54, the committee recommended in the stage 1 report that the word “practicable” be removed from section 10. The section highlights the importance that the Government places on t...
I am open to discussing with Fulton MacGregor ahead of stage 3 other terms that he would like us to consider for an amendment. However, I am content at the moment that the terms in use are m...
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Legal Aid and Advice and Assistance (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.
Supported by: Humza Yousaf
That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Children (Scotland) Bill.
Supported by: Humza Yousaf, Graeme Dey
That the Justice Committee recommends that the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland General Regulatory Chamber Parking and Bus Lane Appeals (Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (Judicial Members) Amendment Order 2020 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Transfer of Functions of Parking Adjudicators) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Transfer of Functions of Bus Lane Adjudicators) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (Procedure for Appointment of Members) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland General Regulatory Chamber (Composition) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Act 2018 (Success Fee Agreements) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the the Scottish Tribunals (Listed Tribunals) Regulations 2019 [draft] be approved.
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a list of all NHS PFI/PPP facilities, broken down by the (a) total (i) unitary charge costs for each (A) in 2018-19 and (B) over their lifetime, (ii) capital value of each and (b) ratio of the overall unitary charges relative to the capital value.
Information on PPP/PFI projects in Scotland, including a link to HM Treasury’s list of projects and corresponding capital values and unitary charges, is available online from: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Government/Finance/18232/12308 .
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its negotiations with the EU, following the First Minister’s recent meeting with Michel Barnier.
To ask the Scottish Government how its fiscal policy supports first-time buyers.
To ask the Scottish Government how it is working to improve the lives of disabled people.
Delivering transformational change in the lives of disabled people is a top priority for this government as set out in detail in A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People which we published in December 2016.
Since then some of the actions we have taken include the launch of a New Independent Living Fund Scheme for young disabled people aged 16-21; the publication of the first ever BSL National Plan, and we have started the second phase of the NHS disabled graduate intern programme alongside extending Modern Apprenticeship funding to disabled people up to age 30. Further, we launched a consultation on setting targets for employing disabled people in the public sector as well as a £1 million Business Engagement Fund to provide businesses with advice on recruiting and retaining disabled staff.
To ask the Scottish Government how many lapdancers have been (a) seriously harmed and (b) murdered in each year since 1999.
Data of this type is not collected by the Scottish Government.
To ask the Scottish Government how many prostitutes have been (a) seriously harmed and (b) murdered in each year since 1999.
The Scottish Government did however, commission research to consider the reliability of the evidence base internationally on the impacts of the criminalisation of the purchase of sex, and to explore the available knowledge and evidence of prostitution in Scotland. The research reports were published in February last year and can be viewed at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/02/3333 and http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/02/6562 .
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the ongoing review of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, what consideration it is giving to putting a professional system, such as the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in England, in place for family courts in Scotland.
To ask the Scottish Government what process it will use to monitor the effectiveness of the pricing per unit of alcohol.
To ask the Scottish Government what response it has had from universities regarding the announcement that every institution will be provided with a toolkit to challenge violence on campus.
The Scottish Government was pleased to fund the development of a Toolkit for higher education institutions to develop coherent responses to tackling and eradicating violence against women and girls.
My Letter of Guidance to the Scottish Funding Council is clear about my expectation of institutions adopting and working with the Toolkit, which itself builds on good practice in the sector.
I am encouraged by the positive engagement that we have had from the sector through Universities Scotland on this issue.
To support the sector, both Universities and Colleges, I inaugurated a Working Group specifically to look at Equally Safe in Further and Higher Education.
I am pleased that the Sector is already demonstrating action.
Universities Scotland are taking the lead in working with stakeholders including the College Development Network, NUS Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid and UCU Scotland in developing Support Cards. Work is underway to have these ready by the start of the new academic year and they will contain key national helpline numbers.
Alongside this we are also working with stakeholders on how to make best use of Fresher’s week, parallel colleges arrangements, and beyond, to share information and raise awareness.
To ask the First Minister whether the UK Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill has been adequately amended to meet the approval of the Scottish Government.
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