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Results 81–100 of 9193 for speaker:Kenny MacAskill

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

Kenny MacAskill: Yes. Jackson Carlaw made an appropriate point. We all know that people who present at police stations, sometimes as victims but often having been detained as perpetrators, may have underlying mental health issues. They might have clear mental health issues; sometimes those issues are masked by drugs or alcohol and sometimes drugs or alcohol have exacerbated the situation. Clearly that is a...

Scottish Parliament: Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Stakeholders) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill is a wide-ranging bill that covers a variety of issues and licensing regimes. It creates new licensing regimes in relation to air weapons and sexual entertainment venues. It amends the existing regimes in relation to alcohol, metal dealers, taxis and private hire cars, and public entertainment venues. It also makes amendments across the range of...

Scottish Parliament: Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Stakeholders) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The member is correct that the misuse of air weapons has, thankfully, been falling. However, such misuse is forming a greater proportion of firearms offences than ever before, so although we have a safer Scotland, we still have a legacy of tragedies—not least involving those who have seen their children slain by air weapons or animals that have suffered due to air weapons. Over recent...

Scottish Parliament: Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Stakeholders) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The member raises an interesting point. It was a matter of concern for many of the utility companies when we discussed the issue with them. Thankfully, that scenario has not arisen and action is being taken under the task force that is chaired by the British Transport Police but operated effectively on the ground by Police Scotland. There are those who seek—as part of serious organised...

Scottish Parliament: Cashback for Communities (Glasgow) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I had the great pleasure of announcing in Dennistoun yesterday a further £1.5 million in funding for Scottish Sports Futures as part of the further expansion of cashback for communities over the next three years. We continue to hit criminals hard in their pockets through the use of proceeds of crime legislation, which has resulted in the recovery of more than £90 million in the past 10...

Scottish Parliament: Cashback for Communities (Glasgow) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I would be happy to do that, subject to diary commitments. I do not know the organisation, but I appreciate Mr Doris’s testimonial for it. As I said, I was delighted to travel to Dennistoun yesterday to see the good work, which will continue. I am aware of the outstanding work by Glasgow Clyde College and Scottish Power, by Street Soccer Scotland and by Action for Children, and a recent...

Scottish Parliament: Cashback for Communities (Glasgow) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Yes. The Administration established at an early juncture the serious organised crime task force to ensure not only that we minimise, address and tackle serious organised crime but that we take the assets of such activity. That is part of the on-going strands and the four Ds. We always seek to improve. That is sometimes done by changing legislation here or, when there are reserved aspects, by...

Scottish Parliament: Data Legislation (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: As I made clear in the statement that I made to Parliament on Tuesday 5 August, the Scottish Government was not consulted on the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill.

Scottish Parliament: Data Legislation (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: There must be greater discussion. We have made it clear that the matter is for Parliament and not for me as an individual, or us as a Government. Views in Parliament differ; when I made the statement, Patrick Harvie of the Green Party was clear about where he saw the balance being struck. There is a balance between protecting individual citizens from intrusion and protecting the wider...

Scottish Parliament: Data Legislation (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: No. The debate south of the border has been about how we were being rushed into the legislation. I do not have the precise quotations in front of me, but that view straddled the chamber in Westminster, from David Davis on one side to Tom Watson—I think—and Diane Abbott on the other, all of whom expressed concerns about the situation that they faced in terms not only of the timescale but...

Scottish Parliament: Justice-related Buildings (Innovation) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The responsibility for justice-related buildings lies with the relevant bodies, but it is clear that we should work together to find ways to continue to provide for the people of Scotland high-quality facilities that represent good value for money. The sheriff court in Livingston has shown how justice and related services can work together to provide an integrated service. Although the...

Scottish Parliament: Justice-related Buildings (Innovation) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: As Dave Thompson might know, the Scottish Court Service set out its long-term vision for the court service in Scotland, which included the development of justice centres in key strategic population centres, including in the Borders, Fife, Lanarkshire and the Highlands. The chief executive of the SCS has stated that it will undertake in those locations feasibility studies that will include...

Scottish Parliament: Court Closures (Savings) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The Scottish Court Service estimated the following savings from the court closure programme: the annual savings in running costs will amount to around £1 million, and there will also be one-off savings in backlog maintenance, which will now not have to be paid out of the public purse, of around £3 million.

Scottish Parliament: Court Closures (Savings) (20 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: No, I will not. I believe that the best people to account for that are in the Scottish Court Service. A few weeks ago, I was delighted to go to Aberdeen sheriff court to see the newly opened civil court buildings, which I think are outstanding. I pay tribute to Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle for his outstanding work and leadership. There have been challenges to the court system because of an...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Information Technology Systems) (14 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The formation of Police Scotland has created an environment in which a unified IT system can be implemented for the first time, allowing officers to work seamlessly across Scotland. Such large-scale integrated IT solutions could not be achieved under the previous legacy structural arrangements. Detailed governance and oversight arrangements are in place for the project to ensure that its...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Information Technology Systems) (14 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I am surprised that John Pentland takes that approach, given that he and his party supported the establishment of Police Scotland. That was the right thing to do, because under the previous arrangements it was not possible to get agreement between constabularies and authorities about what IT system to use. Detective Chief Constable Richardson has been doing an outstanding job. The issue is...

Scottish Parliament: Armed Police (7 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: More than 98 per cent of police officers in Scotland are unarmed. We have clearly stated on a number of occasions that decisions on the deployment of police officers, including the small number of armed police officers, are a matter for the chief constable of the Police Service of Scotland. That freedom from political interference reflects the position of members from all parts of the chamber...

Scottish Parliament: Armed Police (7 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: No. I believe that there are now significantly more checks, balances and safeguards than existed under the former regime. We now have, in particular, a Scottish Police Authority that has greater stature than the previous individual constabularies’ authorities. As I said, in addition to that, we have the parliamentary sub-committee that did not exist before, and three particular provisions...

Scottish Parliament: Rape Victims (Access to Justice) (7 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Rape and sexual assault are among the most distressing crimes in our society. They are totally unacceptable. The Scottish Government is working with our key partners to ensure that perpetrators are held to account and victims have access to appropriate support. We have strengthened and continue to strengthen the law in relation to rape and sexual assault. That includes strengthening the law...

Scottish Parliament: Rape Victims (Access to Justice) (7 Aug 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I am grateful for the question. I should make it clear that there are long-standing rules that the police follow in deciding whether to record a report as a “no crime”. Those rules apply to all offences for which a crime has originally been recorded, and include situations in which credible information emerges after the recording of a crime that indicates that a crime has not been...


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