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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 24 September 2020 [Draft] : 24 September 2020
I thank all members who have contributed to this debate on an important issue. It is clear that we all agree that the abuse of a retail worker is totally unaccept...
The maximum penalty in the bill would be up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to £10,000. We imagine that most offences will be captured under the bill an...
The Minister for Community Safety (Ash Denham)
I begin by recognising the important role that retail workers play in our local communities and the wider Scottish economy. Duri...
Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 23 September 2020 [Draft] : 23 September 2020
These regulations are a key part of the effort to control and suppress coronavirus, to protect health and to save lives in Scotland. They give local authorities the powers to make directions...
Justice Committee 22 September 2020 [Draft] : 22 September 2020
That is a fair point. If the committee has an interest in that and wants to make a recommendation on that point, I would be happy to write to the Scottish Civil J...
My officials will correct me if I am wrong, but I think that I am right in saying that both those issues concern court rules and would come under the remit of the...
The Scottish Government has pursued access to justice and modernising civil litigation to quite a great extent, for instance through the Civil Litigation (Expense...
We have not done so. I have no plans to review legal aid or the tests that apply to defamation at this point.
I will give that some thought. One of the key strengths of our approach is that we are bringing all of the key issues of defamation into one piece of legislation ...
The motivation for reducing the time period, as I discussed when I spoke to Mr McArthur, is that the fear of defamation proceedings that content creators feel for...
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.
Supported by: Humza Yousaf
That the Parliament agrees that the Children (Scotland) Bill be passed.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 [draft] be approved.
That the Justice Committee recommends that the Legal Aid and Advice and Assistance (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.
That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Children (Scotland) Bill.
Supported by: Graeme Dey, Humza Yousaf
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.
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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