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Results 41–60 of 9193 for speaker:Kenny MacAskill

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

Kenny MacAskill: The policing of the internet, if I can put it that way, causes great difficulties in relation to not just this area but many areas. It crosses jurisdictions, and other difficulties are caused by the fact that consumer affairs are reserved. We seek to make Scotland as safe a place as possible not just for humans but for animals, and to tackle the issue that Nanette Milne correctly raised,...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Workloads) (12 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: This is a matter for the chief constable and the Scottish Police Authority, in consultation with the staff associations and unions. The Government is continuing to deliver on our commitment to put 1,000 additional police officers in communities at a time when recorded crime is at a 39-year low.

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Workloads) (12 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The legislation was brought in by me and passed by this Parliament, and it was, I think, supported by the member, who had campaigned for a single police service—Labour’s position had been for that. As we heard earlier, Police Scotland is doing a remarkably good job, as the legacy services did. We have heard about the outstanding amount of work that is causing pressures on other aspects of...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse Courts (12 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: There are already a number of established domestic abuse courts across Scotland in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Dunfermline, Livingston and Ayr. Sheriffs principal are responsible for court programmes, including domestic abuse courts, and under their legislative duty are tasked with ensuring the efficient management of cases in their sheriffdom. Although Scottish ministers have no locus of...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse Courts (12 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Absolutely. The member makes a fair and valid point. To be fair, the COPFS has sought to ensure that, wherever possible, such cases are dealt with and marked by specialist domestic abuse fiscals. Sheriffs principal have also tried to ensure that, when there is no specialist court, we bring together particular cases on set days and do so with sheriffs who have built up expertise. This is the...

Scottish Parliament: Revenge Pornography (12 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: We have confirmed that we are looking actively at the issue of revenge porn and will set out how action will be taken forward very soon. In the meantime, prosecutors have confirmed that there are a number of existing offences through which people who engage in this criminal behaviour can be prosecuted.

Scottish Parliament: Revenge Pornography (12 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: We have not specifically on this issue, but I recently met Vic Emery to talk about the police budget in the round. From discussions with Police Scotland and the Crown, it seems to me that we are talking about having a better law to deal with circumstances in which a quite unacceptable crime is being committed. The point that the Lord Advocate has quite correctly made, and which is supported...

Scottish Parliament: Problem Drug Users (6 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The latest figures from the Information Services Division Scotland, published on 28 October 2014, estimate that between April 2012 and March 2013, the number of individuals with problem drug use in Scotland, aged from 15 to 64, was 59,500.

Scottish Parliament: Problem Drug Users (6 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: We target as much as we can. I cannot give Mary Fee the precise percentages, but I am happy to write to her to ensure she gets the appropriate information. The whole Government strategy that has been built up—not simply by my ministerial colleague Roseanna Cunningham, but previously by Fergus Ewing, who championed it—is called “The Road to Recovery”. It is about meeting the needs of...

Scottish Parliament: Problem Drug Users (6 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The specific point is that that is serious organised crime. In the main, it tends not to be individuals having one pot or whatever; it tends to be growing that is done on an industrial scale, whether in Lanarkshire or elsewhere. That is why Police Scotland has a specialist crime unit, which seeks to tackle the issue, raise awareness and make sure that we can work out who is dealing with it....

Scottish Parliament: Sex Offenders (Rehousing) (6 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The national accommodation strategy for sex offenders forms part of the multi-agency public protection arrangements. It provides a national framework for housing sex offenders in the community. Under the strategy, housing providers, social work, the prison service and the police work closely together, sharing information to assess the risks that sex offenders pose and to find accommodation...

Scottish Parliament: Sex Offenders (Rehousing) (6 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I thank the member. He asked a number of questions and I would be happy to meet him at some stage if he wants a longer briefing. In 2015, the Care Inspectorate in Scotland, in conjunction with HM inspectorate of constabulary for Scotland, will undertake a joint review to assess MAPPA’s efficiency and effectiveness. The review will report on its findings in late 2015, so we are under way on...

Scottish Parliament: Sex Offenders (Rehousing) (6 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I assure the member that that is what is, in fact, done. In common with other offenders, registered sex offenders will generally return to their own communities, unless there are exceptional circumstances that increase the risk. One of the ways in which we can try to ensure that someone is less likely to reoffend is to ensure that they have a home to go to and individuals who might very well...

Scottish Parliament: Justice (European Arrest Warrant) (4 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: As I have already told the chamber, I very much regret that the United Kingdom Government saw fit, with no pretence of consultation, to put our participation in the European arrest warrant system at risk. We hope that the UK Government will win the vote and succeed in opting back in. If not, I note the uniform concern across the Crown Office, defence lawyers and Police Scotland at the loss of...

Scottish Parliament: Justice (European Arrest Warrant) (4 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Yes, and that is the position of not just the Scottish Government but prosecutors, defence lawyers, rights campaigners and the police in Scotland and throughout the UK. The European arrest warrant has served us well and has brought people to justice in this country, some of whom have been charged with the most heinous crimes. I am very grateful to authorities in Slovakia and Poland that have...

Scottish Parliament: Justice (European Arrest Warrant) (4 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I think that this is a case of legislating in haste and repenting at leisure. This is one of the matters that the Conservative Administration had initially not given any consideration to; having spoken to numerous ministers over the time, I know that they are going to considerable difficulty to try to resolve matters of their own volition. I hope not only that we have managed to sort things...

Scottish Parliament: Justice (European Arrest Warrant) (4 Nov 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Absolutely. The member makes a very valid point. Human trafficking is a crime that by its very definition does not know or accept boundaries or jurisdictions. Given that, in Scotland, many people who are being trafficked come from European Union countries—we have been briefed on that very matter by Police Scotland—I fully understand the point that Mr Campbell has made and which was made...

Scottish Parliament: Revenge Pornography (30 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Distributing and publishing revenge porn is a despicable crime, especially as it is often motivated by an intention to humiliate the victim. That is why the Scottish Government considers that there is a strong case for creating a specific offence to make it illegal to share explicit, intimate images without consent and we intend to seek views on the matter soon. A bespoke criminal offence...

Scottish Parliament: Revenge Pornography (30 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I am aware of Christina McKelvie’s campaigning on the issue and of her debate in Parliament on it. She has been prescient in leading on the requirement for action. We have entered into discussions with Scottish Women’s Aid and the Lord Advocate has been pivotal in leading on the issue. I assure Christina McKelvie that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is aware of the...

Scottish Parliament: Policing (8 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Crime in England and Wales has not dropped as far or as fast as it has dropped in Scotland, but the decline in police numbers is significant and huge. Numbers are predicted to decrease by 11 per cent, although Mr Pearson’s colleague Yvette Cooper suggested that a 12 per cent cut in police spending would be manageable. The Winsor reforms have been imposed on the service and morale is,...


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