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Results 21–40 of 9193 for speaker:Kenny MacAskill

Scottish Parliament: Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill (19 Feb 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: On that point, Presiding Officer, I will end.

Scottish Parliament: Chilcot Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I have had the privilege of serving in Parliament since its re-establishment in 1999, and I have been present at each and every debate on Iraq that we have had. I recall the first, which was not in this chamber, in this setting, but up at the assembly hall where Parliament first sat. I remember the outstanding speeches that took place in the lee of hundreds of thousands, indeed,...

Scottish Parliament: Chilcot Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: Maybe, but Labour has still not atoned for the culpability or the actions of the Labour Government, which have made this world a far less safe place. All wars wreak devastation and all wars leave obfuscation. As we heard from the First Minister, the Iraq war certainly caused devastation, not just in Iraq and the wider middle east, but elsewhere, as we have seen, tragically, on the streets of...

Scottish Parliament: Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Jan 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I would have thought that local authorities would have used the common sense that they were born with and not sought to be vindictive. Sadly, that is not what happened after the referendum. What we saw was done previously in the southern states of America against black people. Research by institutions such as the Pew Research Center found that people in southern states used such circumstances...

Scottish Parliament: Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Jan 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: —I agree: let us deal with those corporates and those big businessmen.

Scottish Parliament: Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Jan 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I echo a lot of the comments that Alex Rowley made. In this speech, I will go back further than the Iraq war, which I spoke about in my previous speech, to the period of the poll tax, at which time this Parliament had not been re-established and was still awaited. The Tories called for the poll tax to be introduced in Scotland a year earlier than elsewhere. At that time, the SNP was not...

Scottish Parliament: Peshawar School Attack (14 Jan 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I thank Hanzala Malik for bringing this debate to the Parliament and for the impressive tenor and content of his speech. It is right that we record the tragedy and offer our sympathy. Scotland has been scarred by its own terrorist incident—if we can call it that—in Dunblane. It was not on the same scale, but the pain and suffering were felt by all. However, it is not just people in...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Service between Scotland and Scandinavia (13 Jan 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I, too, pay tribute to Angus MacDonald for lodging the motion. Such a ferry service is an important concept that has been around for a good few years. As I told him earlier, I remember going to speak at a conference in Kristiansund a decade or so ago, supported by Forth Ports Ltd, when the authority in the Kristiansund area was very keen on the idea. Despite the fact that there is a great...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Outstanding Year of Sport (18 Dec 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I, too, thank Rod Campbell for securing this debate, and I want to echo the points that he has already made. His motion, which covers national and local aspects, offers us the opportunity not only to review the past year of success but to look forward to even better times both nationally and at community level. This has been a great year for sport not just in Glasgow—although I think that...

Scottish Parliament: Penicuik Capital Credit Union Outpost (10 Dec 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I, too, record my thanks to Christine Grahame for raising the issue of credit unions. It has been raised in Parliament on previous occasions, but it is right that we discuss it again, not just because of the time of year, to which Malcolm Chisholm referred, but because credit unions are important in themselves, and we should continue to drive home that message, to ensure that the Government...

Scottish Parliament: Drink-driving Penalties (Devolution of Power) (20 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The Scottish Government set out in “More Powers for the Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Proposals” that we consider that full responsibility for the law on road traffic offences should be devolved to this Parliament. That would allow decisions to be made in Scotland about how best to improve the safety of Scotland’s roads, in the context of Scotland’s road safety framework to...

Scottish Parliament: Drink-driving Penalties (Devolution of Power) (20 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I am happy to consider doing so. The member raised an important point. We debated the proposal to lower the drink-driving limit, and the motion was passed. There was a great deal of support across the chamber and certainly from members on the Labour benches, including Dave Stewart in particular. As has been suggested, including in the Conservative amendment, further steps could be taken,...

Scottish Parliament: Drink-drive Limit (18 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Members will be aware that the Scottish Government has long argued that a lower drink-drive limit will save lives and help to make Scotland’s roads safer. Some members in the chamber have also long campaigned on that important issue. In particular, I pay tribute to Dave Thompson. He has been a tireless campaigner for a lower drink-drive limit and first raised the matter in Parliament way...

Scottish Parliament: Drink-drive Limit (18 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: This has been a remarkably consensual debate, in the main. We expect no less when we are talking about lives that have been lost and lives that we seek to save. For that reason, and notwithstanding Elaine Murray’s point, we accept the spirit of the Tory amendment. The Government has given a clear assurance that although we seek the devolution of more powers and are prepared to consider...

Scottish Parliament: Drink-drive Limit (18 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I am satisfied that our judiciary imposes proportionate sentences. If a sentence is thought to be disproportionate, we have an appellate court and, ultimately, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission—which I think would be invoked very rarely in the context of a drink-driving offence. I am happy to accept the spirit of the amendment, although I thought that some of the...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Aid System (12 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: An essential driver for Scottish Government policy on legal aid is to have a streamlined system that gives people access to publicly funded legal advice at the right time and addresses budget pressures without compromising access to justice. We have been reviewing and updating our strategy for reforming and protecting legal aid in Scotland, as set out in “A Sustainable Future for Legal...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Aid System (12 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Absolutely. Rod Campbell’s views are shared by Paul Brown of the Legal Services Agency, who I think made similar comments in The Herald on Saturday. I should preface my answer by saying that I welcome the discussion paper that the Law Society has produced, and that we will be happy to engage with it. However, the Government would echo Rod Campbell’s comments. We think that the route that...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse Courts (Access) (12 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: While overall levels of crime in Scotland have continued to fall in recent years, the reporting and prosecution of certain categories of crime, including domestic violence, have increased. Victims are now more confident in reporting those crimes and our law enforcement agencies deserve credit for sending a clear message that such crimes have no place in a modern, fair Scotland. As a...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse Courts (Access) (12 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Obviously, it is for the Scottish Court Service to prioritise, but I agree with Malcolm Chisholm that justice delayed can be justice denied. Especially when dealing with domestic abuse, it is important that prompt and expeditious action is taken. That is why the additional funding of £1 million to the Court Service and £470,000 to the Procurator Fiscal Service has been provided. A spike...

Scottish Parliament: Puppy Farming and Illegal Importation (12 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Enforcement of the legislation concerning puppy breeding and import controls on dogs is primarily the responsibility of local authorities rather than the police. However, Police Scotland will assist local authorities and other enforcement bodies such as the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals when requested.

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