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COVID-19 Committee 16 September 2020 [Draft] : 16 September 2020 View PDF version
The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs (Michael Russell)

Thank you. I will divide what I am going to say into two parts, in the light of the agenda. I will deal first with the draft Cor...

COVID-19 Committee 16 September 2020 [Draft] : 16 September 2020 View PDF version
Michael Russell

It is a difficult set of decisions to make. We have approached the issue as we have approached the two-monthly reporting on the acts, as you will be aware, taking seriously the human rights ...

COVID-19 Committee 16 September 2020 [Draft] : 16 September 2020 View PDF version
Michael Russell

I accept that Linda Bauld is right to be concerned about that and that we, as politicians, have an obligation to be clear about why we believe action should be taken. However, I meet a large...

COVID-19 Committee 16 September 2020 [Draft] : 16 September 2020 View PDF version
Michael Russell

Monica Lennon is correct in saying that the stop-the-clock provisions are being suspended; we will both be glad of that, because it is important that that takes p...

COVID-19 Committee 16 September 2020 [Draft] : 16 September 2020 View PDF version
Michael Russell

The renewing or bringing back into force of any provision in those circumstances would have to recognise the original reason for the provisions. The original reas...

COVID-19 Committee 16 September 2020 [Draft] : 16 September 2020 View PDF version
Michael Russell

I respond to that in two ways. First, human rights have not been suspended. We want the rights of individuals to be fully and completely respected during the process. If there is any evidenc...

COVID-19 Committee 16 September 2020 [Draft] : 16 September 2020 View PDF version
Michael Russell

Evidence is always important, and I would want to see it.

COVID-19 Committee 16 September 2020 [Draft] : 16 September 2020 View PDF version
Michael Russell

The response has been nuanced from the very beginning—I agree with Linda Bauld. I might have described myself as a catch-all minister, but we do not want to take ...

COVID-19 Committee 16 September 2020 [Draft] : 16 September 2020 View PDF version
Michael Russell

Yes. Many people, including independent experts, have observed that the television briefings have been very helpful. They have also put the Scottish Government under considerable scrutiny. T...

COVID-19 Committee 16 September 2020 [Draft] : 16 September 2020 View PDF version
Michael Russell

I would hope that that was not the case. Given that the stop-the-clock provisions have been suspended, I would hope, as we have been told, and as I have indicated...

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