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Equalities and Human Rights Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire) (Con)

I am keen to keep the petition open, because I am not satisfied that we have got as far as we can get with it. We should at least wait until the Scottish Governme...

Equalities and Human Rights Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Oliver Mundell

I fully support the points that we have just heard, which were set out well. I am content for us to take the actions that are suggested in paragraph 43 of paper 1. I am also keen for us to a...

Equalities and Human Rights Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Oliver Mundell

I want to ask about free legal aid and advice. The bill does not make that automatic, but we have heard from several witnesses that they would like it to be so, p...

Equalities and Human Rights Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Oliver Mundell

To push back on that a little, I probably do not need to say to you that many people find frustration and delays with legal aid; they find the process complicated...

Equalities and Human Rights Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Oliver Mundell

That is helpful, and it links to my next question. We had evidence last week from the National FGM Centre, which covers England. Would you consider adopting its a...

Equalities and Human Rights Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Oliver Mundell

We heard generally about support through the National FGM Centre and we took evidence from Liz Owens on behalf of Social Work Scotland about the support that will...

Equalities and Human Rights Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Oliver Mundell

I can talk about that now. The convener was with me on a visit to an organisation in Edinburgh that works with some of the people who we hope the bill will help. ...

Equalities and Human Rights Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Oliver Mundell

That is excellent. I am glad that we continued that discussion, because I think that the whole committee will be very pleased that that is the case.

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Equalities and Human Rights Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Oliver Mundell

I hear you say that it is for the courts to decide on the question of anonymity. FGM is a very personal issue for those who have gone through it, so I wonder why ...

Equalities and Human Rights Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Oliver Mundell

Minister, I was going to ask whether you recognise that in order for an individual to reach the point of their case going to court, they will have had to take the...

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