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Results 181–200 of 9193 for speaker:Kenny MacAskill

Scottish Parliament: Police (Carrying of Firearms) (20 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I have been aware of the routine deployment of firearms officers ever since I was the shadow justice secretary. Indeed, I saw comments on the subject from Graeme Pearson when he was the director of the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency before it morphed into the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. The routine use of firearms officers throughout Scotland has been with us since the...

Scottish Parliament: Police (Carrying of Firearms) (20 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I have no intention of having the matter reviewed. I am perfectly satisfied with the role played by the Scottish Police Authority and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing. I note that it was Mr Pearson, when he was director of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, who wanted to change the operating procedure, so that he and his officers would have these powers.

Scottish Parliament: Police (Carrying of Firearms) (20 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Those are matters for the chief constable and for discussion at local level. As I said in response to Alison McInnes, the procedure that Police Scotland operates was in fact invoked by Northern Constabulary prior to the establishment of the Police Service of Scotland. Issues concerning that matter may be appropriately raised with those who were there at the time. I cannot give the precise...

Scottish Parliament: Police (Carrying of Firearms) (20 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The Scottish Police Authority has made it quite clear that the decision falls within the chief constable of Scotland’s responsibilities as it relates to the deployment of officers under his direction and control. It has stated: “We are aware of the public comment on the issue and have received clarification from Police Scotland.” The SPA appears to be satisfied. I suggest that, if Ms...

Scottish Parliament: Police (Carrying of Firearms) (20 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: We do not have routine armed policing; we have the same situation that existed prior to the establishment of Police Scotland, and that was probably the situation prior to the establishment of this Parliament. Chief constables then and the chief constable now correctly agreed that there is a risk to communities and that we must have firearms officers able to be deployed. Those officers are...

Scottish Parliament: Police (Carrying of Firearms) (20 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I cannot answer that. Mr Finnie would have to ask the former chief constable of Northern Constabulary, Mr Graham, now retired, and the former board of the Northern Constabulary. It may be that he would want to speak to former board members; he may be acquainted with some of them.

Scottish Parliament: Policing (Dumfries and Galloway) (8 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Thirteen months on from the successful transition to the new policing arrangements, policing in Scotland continues to perform excellently. There are 1,000 more police officers on our streets than in 2007, and confidence in and satisfaction with the police are high. Dumfries and Galloway now has access to specialist equipment and expertise whenever and wherever it is needed. Those include a...

Scottish Parliament: Policing (Dumfries and Galloway) (8 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: There are two issues there. First, the change in terms and conditions was negotiated by the Scottish Police Federation with the police senior management team. It was wanted by the Scottish Police Federation and it has been done with the federation’s support and approval. If Mr Fergusson disagrees with that, he can raise it with federation representatives, who are elected by rank-and-file...

Scottish Parliament: “Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation” (8 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The Government is committed to introducing a bill to implement the recommendations in Lord Cullen’s 2009 “Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation” report in the current session of Parliament. Some of Lord Cullen’s recommendations were addressed to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and have already been implemented, including the establishment of a Scottish fatalities...

Scottish Parliament: “Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation” (8 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in the Stockline tragedy, and to all those who have worked hard since to try to find out what happened so that we can learn lessons with regard to fatal accidents and the existing problems and issues that the then Lord President raised in presiding over the inquiry. We are intent on taking action, which is why we instructed Lord Cullen. There...

Scottish Parliament: Funfairs (Licensing) (1 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: We have no current plans to amend the licensing arrangements for funfairs. The provisions of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 enable local authorities to make decisions that are informed by local priorities and circumstances to ensure that funfairs are operated safely and to minimise any nuisance that may be caused—for example, by noise or litter.

Scottish Parliament: Funfairs (Licensing) (1 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: It is appropriate that regulation is proportionate and balanced. It is right that local licensing authorities protect their communities by ensuring that funfairs are operated safely, and that they cause minimal nuisance to those who live around them. It is also appropriate that there is an adequate balance to ensure that the fun that fairs provide for many people who live locally can happen....

Scottish Parliament: Funfairs (Licensing) (1 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I am not aware of the circumstances in Glasgow, but I am aware of the events that take place in my constituency in the city of Edinburgh. I know that they are welcomed by the local authority and the local community, and by the police, who play their part. As I said to Mr Lyle, it is a matter of proportionality and balance. Fairs provide a great deal of fun and enjoyment as well as economic...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Support for Former Police Scotland Duties) (1 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: This Government continues to support local authorities in the delivery of their responsibilities in the best interests of the people of Scotland. Police Scotland’s top priority is keeping people safe, which it is successfully delivering. I am confident that it will continue to do so, working in partnership with local councils, to ensure that the needs of all members of the community are...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Support for Former Police Scotland Duties) (1 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: A variety of issues are involved. First, we should remember that the budget available to local authorities has been maintained by the Scottish Government. Secondly, we should remember that local authorities are the statutory agencies or organisations responsible for traffic enforcement. Police Scotland has confirmed that it will continue to address parking that is considered to be dangerous...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Meetings) (1 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I was with the chief constable and representatives of Police Scotland at the equality and diversity event hosted by the Gay Police Association, SEMPERscotland, the Scottish Police Muslim Association and the Scottish women’s development forum at Tulliallan earlier today. It was a pleasure to be there and to pay tribute to all those involved, at whatever rank and in whatever capacity. I...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Meetings) (1 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I concur with Margaret Mitchell about Gartcosh. The building is outstanding and has been admired by people from a variety of organisations, not just within but outwith Scotland. I know that having met the director general of MI5 and the permanent secretary to the Home Office, both of whom cast envious glances at what we possess here. There are and have been issues regarding parking that have...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Meetings) (1 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Yes, I can give the member that assurance. Mr Rowley is not on the Justice Committee but, as members of the Justice Committee and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing know, the chief constable, who is clearly the man in operational charge, has made quite clear his intention to ensure that police officers are utilised and are not routinely back-filling.

Scottish Parliament: Police Personnel (Complaints) (23 Apr 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Complaints made by serving police personnel against their police force prior to the formation of Police Scotland are now a matter for Police Scotland or for the Scottish Police Authority, for complaints by senior police officers. Police personnel who feel that they have been treated unfairly can raise their concerns formally through grievance procedures and can seek advice from their staff...

Scottish Parliament: Police Personnel (Complaints) (23 Apr 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I take on board the points that Linda Fabiani has made, which are clearly of great significance to the officer concerned and his family. Such situations can affect an officer’s record and can have financial consequences. Fundamentally, though, such matters are for Police Scotland or the SPA, if a complaint leads to a formal grievance being raised. I think that the Government and Parliament...


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