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Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 11 — Complaint appears during mediation or investigation to fall within different category (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: Amendment 34 is a simple amendment that, for clarity, points out that professional organisations are not involved in mediation. Amendment 35 would keep professional organisations in the knowledge loop. That is an important part of the bill. The ministers have, where possible, tried to ensure that all those who are involved in a complaint will have knowledge of it. Amendment 35 simply adds...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 12 — Power to monitor compliance with directions under section 8(2) (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: The group deals with a key component of the bill, on which the bill could pass or fail. It is grossly unfair to create a system with no form of appeal. We allow appeals for people who have broken the law on other matters and who have become criminals. The system in the bill is unfair. I know that Jackie Baillie will perform her duties in pushing her amendments and I am sure that she will do...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 8 — Commission upholds services complaint (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: Amendment 23 would simply add practicality. Amendment 24 would provide for prior directions to the employing solicitor to be taken into account. Amendment 27 is a drafting amendment. Amendment 28 would provide clarity and ensure that reasons are given in every case for any determination, direction or report. In the modern way of doing things, if people are insured they get full information,...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 8 — Commission upholds services complaint (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I thank the minister for her consensual approach and will not speak to the amendments that she supports. I support her amendments in the group, except amendment 29. However, I will press amendment 28. Amendment 23 agreed to. Amendment 24 moved—[Mr David Davidson]—and agreed to.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 8A — Fair and reasonable: matters to be taken into account by Commission (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: Amendment 25 would ensure that the proposed Scottish legal complaints commission will be bound by the law in all that it does, and that decisions that are made will apply in other courts of law and tribunals. It should be compulsory for the SLCC to be bound by the law. The matter is simple. Amendment 26 will be a welcome addition to the bill. I move amendment 25.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 8 — Commission upholds services complaint (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I lodged a similar amendment to that of Jackie Baillie, but I am happy to support her amendment 1. The Deputy Minister for Justice has said that the ministers of the day will have the power to vary the limit. In the light of the fact that the change from £1,500 to £5,000 took place only 18 months ago, I would have thought that the minister would be encouraging inflation, shall we say, and...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — Receipt of complaints: preliminary steps (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: As I said earlier, I seek guidance from the minister about what is intended because members of the public, among others, have expressed doubts about what the bill means. I am content to accept what the minister says, as long as she accepts that notice must be sent to both a complainer and a practitioner of a determination that is made under the proposed new section that amendment 14 seeks to...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — Receipt of complaints: preliminary steps (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: Amendments 10 and 211 seek to add sheriffs and tribunal chairs to the list of judges in the bill to ensure consistency. I move amendment 10.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — Receipt of complaints: preliminary steps (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I thank the minister for providing clarity. Now we know that our money goes on good legal advice to our ministers. I accept what she says, and because she has put on the record where the backing for the Executive's position is, I am content not to press amendment 10. Amendment 10, by agreement, withdrawn.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 6A — Services complaint: local resolution or mediation (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: Amendment 17 is a drafting amendment that seeks to ensure consistency with section 4(1). Amendment 18 would allow parties in a mediation process to withdraw from mediation. It is as simple as that. I move amendment 17.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 6A — Services complaint: local resolution or mediation (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I thank the minister for accepting amendment 18, which is of benefit. If we can work together on that basis, we will have a good day. I accept the point that she makes on amendment 17, so I will not press it. Amendment 17, by agreement, withdrawn. Amendment 18 moved—[Mr David Davidson]—and agreed to.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — Receipt of complaints: preliminary steps (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: As the Presiding Officer has pointed out, this group of amendments deals with determination of eligibility to make a complaint. In lodging amendment 11, I want to probe of the meaning of the phrase "specified regulatory schemes" in section 2A(1). I also seek clarity as to whether the proposed Scottish legal complaints commission will deal only with service complaints. Amendment 12 is a...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — Receipt of complaints: preliminary steps (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: Amendment 8 seeks to remove section 2(1)(a)(ii), which I believe to be unnecessary, as conveyancing and executry practitioners are already covered by the rules on professional misconduct. Quite frankly, this matter should not be pursued in the bill, because if those practitioners have been convicted of a criminal offence that renders them "no longer ... fit and proper ... to provide ......

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — Receipt of complaints: preliminary steps (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I acknowledge the minister's comments. However, I have been advised that conveyancing and executry practitioners would be covered by section 2(1)(a)(i) and will therefore press my amendment.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Procurement: Procurement (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review its procedures in respect of the procurement of public contracts.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance Settlement (13 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: Tom McCabe likes to portray himself as Father Christmas, but for some councils he is still regarded as Mr Scrooge. What will the minister do about levels of deprivation in the Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council areas, which have some of the worst figures in Scotland? Why, after all these years, can he still not tell us what is spent on free personal care, and why there is not yet...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: How long do I have, Presiding Officer?

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I congratulate my colleagues on their excellent speeches. It is painfully obvious that people have woken up to the fact that we will do something for the pensioners of Scotland—and every family has got one. We can do something early. Our proposal is achievable and deliverable and it should not get kicked into the long grass. It is shameful that no minister was prepared to come to the...


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