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Scottish Parliament: Forced Marriage etc (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Bill (22 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: I was going to make that point to the minister.

Scottish Parliament: Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill (22 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: I am glad to open for the Liberal Democrats in the last justice debate, the last stage 3 debate and the last substantive debate of the parliamentary session. As with many justice debates, the bill raises substantial issues around the interface between personal liberty, public safety and public confidence in the law. The rule against double jeopardy is an important part of that debate. It is...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Police: Police (21 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected cost of the proposed new Strathclyde Police headquarters is.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Police: Police (21 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage pay rises have been awarded to each grade of senior police officer in Strathclyde Police in each of the last three years and whether further pay rises are proposed.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Prison Service: Prison Service (21 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are to ensure that all prisoners undergo structured work, education and training or treatment throughout the normal working day.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Children and Young People: Children and Young People (18 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the development of a play and communication strategy.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Child Welfare: Child Welfare (17 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-39218 by Adam Ingram on 16 February 2011, what decisions were reached following the consideration of the short-life working group on school meal and clothing grant provision in the context of the draft budget for 2011-12.

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: I am intrigued by Charlie Gordon’s direction of travel. He complains about market failure, but he seems to be suggesting that he is looking for market monopoly on a regulated basis. Am I wrong about that?

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: I am grateful to Charlie Gordon for focusing on bus travel in the last party debate before the election. However, as I said in an intervention, there is a contradiction at the heart of his argument, in that he criticises market failure but seems to propose market monopoly as the solution. The Labour Party’s contribution this morning has resembled nothing more than SNP economic arguments for...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: No, I am trying to put the issue into context and to explain the deficiency at the heart of the member’s proposition. I will say a little more about Glasgow. We lack an adequate city centre network to enable people to get around the city centre, from Argyle Street to Sauchiehall Street or to Charing Cross. There is the Queen Street-Central gap on the railways and there are not enough...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: Perhaps the minister should read the policy. We have certainly said that there is a need to consider whether people such as me are entitled—as Stewart Stevenson is—to a bus pass, and whether that is the best use of the bus pass. Nobody is suggesting the abandonment of the scheme altogether. I will continue with the point that I was coming to. Real-time bus information, if it works, is a...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: Will the minister clarify the extent of the Scottish Government’s financial input to the underground modernisation in Glasgow?

Scottish Parliament: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: I very strongly support Pauline McNeill’s amendment 1. I understand the point about section 17, but I do not feel that it deals with the issue in a satisfactory way. There is no great dispute about the fact that the problem is significant and affects a number of tenemental properties, perhaps particularly in Glasgow, although I believe that the situation is similar in other parts of...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: I agree with much of what Bill Aitken said. It seems to me that proposed new subsection (2)(d) in particular has distinct difficulties. First, despite Rhoda Grant’s explanation, the phrase “intimate personal relationship” is not in fact defined in the bill and therefore it is difficult to know what a court might make of it. The situations that it covers could range, if I may put it this...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: Would the amendment, therefore, cover relationships between brother and sister or parent and child as well as the other categories that the committee was careful to avoid?

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: The minister said earlier that the wording covered not necessarily sexual relationships but perhaps emotional relationships. I am at somewhat of a loss to understand where the cut-off point is between a boyfriend/girlfriend situation and a situation in one of those wider categories. I think that that was Stewart Maxwell’s point. I am not trying to be difficult; I think that this is an...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: The bill addresses a serious matter to which the Parliament has devoted quite a bit of attention over the years since 1999 and which calls for serious politicians. Rhoda Grant has shown herself to be very much a serious and committed politician in bringing the bill to finality today. I join other members in congratulating her, not just on her expertise and skill, but on her determination to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — 2014 Commonwealth Games: 2014 Commonwealth Games (14 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the progress made in identifying and supporting women trafficked for sex during the construction phase and the games fortnight by the multi-agency group that considers security issues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Scottish Parliament written answers — 2014 Commonwealth Games: 2014 Commonwealth Games (14 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the progress made by the Blue Blindfold awareness programme run by Strathclyde Police and the UK Human Trafficking Centre at the 2014 Commonwealth Games site.

Scottish Parliament written answers — 2014 Commonwealth Games: 2014 Commonwealth Games (14 Mar 2011)

Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, given that the Metropolitan Police has invested £600,000 in a specialist team in the five Olympic boroughs to combat an expected surge in trafficking, whether specific resources have been allocated to the identification and support of women trafficked to Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games during the construction phase and games fortnight.


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