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Results 61–80 of 9193 for speaker:Kenny MacAskill

Scottish Parliament: Policing (8 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Not at the moment. That is not only my view, but the view of Niven Rennie, the president of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents, who said this week: “I would have thought the fact that our Chief Constable … has taken account of public opinion … would be welcomed and applauded … Despite this, the misreporting and political point scoring continues.” We see more of that...

Scottish Parliament: Policing (8 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I am coming into my last minute. [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Policing (8 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: We have come a long way since the early stages of reform and the arrangements are now much more effective. The SPA stands for not simply holding the police to account but strengthening the very principle and practice of policing by consent, which is something that we can all support. We should applaud the continued strong performance of our police and recognise that Police Scotland, working...

Scottish Parliament: Policing (8 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: As I said in my opening address, we have debated policing many times in the chamber in the past 18 months. As I have acknowledged, I appreciate members’ interest in ensuring that the new arrangements are working well. The time is right to stop scoring political points at the expense of the excellent job that the men and women of our police service are doing day in and day out. I regret that...

Scottish Parliament: Policing (8 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Police numbers are 1,000 higher than they were in 2007, and public confidence in our police is high and rising. In recent weeks, Scotland has been on the international stage like never before. The world has watched as the Commonwealth games, the Ryder cup and the referendum have been run free from threat, issue or incident. That is directly attributable to a police service that delivers...

Scottish Parliament: Policing (8 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: We have discussed policing many times in the chamber over the past 18 months. The Parliament and three committees debated the legislation at length before it was overwhelmingly approved by the Parliament, including all Labour members. I have taken part in many debates and have answered hundreds of questions, and the First Minister has been asked about policing on numerous occasions. The...

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: In the main, the 24 amendments in the group are minor and technical in nature, and will in general improve the clarity and consistency of the bill’s provisions. However, a couple of the amendments will benefit from some explanation. Amendment 31 will remove section 101(7)(b) from the bill. I am satisfied that the provision in the section is unnecessary. The inherent power of the court to...

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The bill is very complicated and drafting is, by its nature, a very complicated action. We should welcome the diligence that parliamentary draftsmen have shown. Amendment 19 agreed to. Section 5—Summary sheriffs

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Section 41 provides that the Scottish ministers may make an order providing for the jurisdiction of a sheriff of a specified sheriffdom sitting in a specified sheriff court to extend throughout Scotland for specified kinds of civil proceedings. It allows the setting up of the specialist all-Scotland personal injury sheriff court. As the bill stands, it is not clear that a designated...

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Amendments 62 and 63 would severely restrict the choice of judges in the sheriff appeal court who can hear appeals that arise from a case that was initially heard by a sheriff who is also an appeal sheriff. Although there is no suggestion that the same judge would hear the appeal, it would be a logistical problem to ensure that, in those cases, and without regard to complexity or importance,...

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I am happy to try to do that. Amendment 60 seeks to ensure that “The First Minister must recommend a sufficient number of individuals for appointment to the office of summary sheriff ... in order to ensure the efficient administration of justice.” The amendment is unnecessary, although I accept the spirit in which Margaret Mitchell has moved it as a probing amendment. The Lord President...

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The Scottish Government and ministers have great sympathy for those who suffer from asbestos-related diseases and for their families. We have heard similar thoughts from around the chamber. Concerns have been expressed, but we have also heard the points that Christine Grahame and other members have made. I will try to give Stuart McMillan the reassurance that he desires. I know that he, along...

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The sets of amendments that Elaine Murray and Alison McInnes lodged would significantly extend the time limit beyond what Lord Gill suggested in his review—to six months and 12 months, respectively. There is a public interest in judicial review challenges being made promptly and resolved quickly. Some 73 per cent of the respondents to the Scottish civil courts review consultation thought...

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Margaret Mitchell’s amendments 66 to 68 would lower the threshold at the permission stage of a judicial review case from “real prospect of success” to “stateable” and not “frivolous, vexatious or wholly without merit”. Amendment 67 is unnecessary. If a case is “stateable”, it is, by definition, not “frivolous, vexatious or wholly without merit”. As for amendments 66 and...

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Amendments 14 and 15 seek in different ways to ensure that civil court rules are made and interpreted in the light of the overriding principle that cases be dealt with justly. We agree with the principle but do not think it appropriate to set it out in primary legislation. The act establishing the Scottish Civil Justice Council, as Margaret Mitchell said, provides that in carrying out its...

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill (7 Oct 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I am delighted to open the debate on the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill. The bill takes on the majority of Lord Gill’s recommendations from the Scottish civil courts review. I wish to thank all those organisations and individuals who responded to the consultation and who gave evidence to the committee, as well as our justice partners. I would especially like to thank the members and the...

Scottish Parliament: Chief Constable (Meetings) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I regularly meet the chief constable and other senior officers from Police Scotland to discuss keeping people in Scotland safe. I last met the chief constable on 22 July and most recently met Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone on 13 August. Policing in Scotland is performing excellently. Crime is at a 39-year low, violent crime is down by almost half since 2006-07 and homicides are at...

Scottish Parliament: Chief Constable (Meetings) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I believe that the armed policing situation will disclose effective accountability. Derek Penman, in his capacity as HM inspector of constabulary in Scotland, was at the Justice Committee yesterday and has indicated that there will be a review into matters, and the Scottish Police Authority has also indicated that it is investigating them. This Parliament set up that situation to ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Nurses (Police Stations) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Responsibility for healthcare in custody has transferred to the national health service. A lot of work has been undertaken across Scotland on providing forensic nurses in police custody suites, culminating in the NHS establishing regional networks in April 2014. That work has proved extremely useful in providing quick and appropriate clinical care for a range of people in custody, including...


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