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Results 161–180 of 9193 for speaker:Kenny MacAskill

Scottish Parliament: Jim Clark Rally Incidents (3 Jun 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I can give Mr Lamont the assurance that there will be no rush to judgment. As Mr Pearson indicated, those who are charged with carrying out the investigation will do that. In the wider review, we will ensure that those with skills and expertise are brought on board to be part of it. Mr Lamont made a valid point: as I said in my statement, Scotland has a proud history of success in motorsport,...

Scottish Parliament: Jim Clark Rally Incidents (3 Jun 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: That matter was raised with the Lord Advocate and me. The rally has a joint agency basis and there is a safety committee that includes not just the Jim Clark Rally executive committee but Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland. After the first incident, an investigation or inquiry was made by all those organisations, which came to the conclusion that it appeared to have been due to a...

Scottish Parliament: Jim Clark Rally Incidents (3 Jun 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I welcome the member’s contribution. That is clearly something that the Government and particularly the cabinet secretary for sport and the Commonwealth games are very concerned about, and that is why we have engaged with Police Scotland. We have no reason to believe that there is anything untoward, and many of the events have already been properly scrutinised not simply by the police but...

Scottish Parliament: Jim Clark Rally Incidents (3 Jun 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The member is quite correct. It would be a discretionary FAI. The Lord Advocate has taken a special interest, travelling down yesterday not only to be briefed by the council and the divisional commander and gold commander at the time, but to visit the locuses. It will be for him to decide, given the discretionary aspect, but I think that I can assure the member that the Lord Advocate will...

Scottish Parliament: Jim Clark Rally Incidents (3 Jun 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The member makes a valid point. Some of those aspects will come out in the investigation and indeed in any FAI, but they have to be reflected on and reviewed. It is for that reason that the review that we are setting up will include those who have expertise but also others who can perhaps bring a fresh perspective to ensure that the expertise is as up to date as it can be and that it takes...

Scottish Parliament: Jim Clark Rally Incidents (3 Jun 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The member raises two issues. As he suggested, the matter is one of balance. I agree. We require to learn and take on board the lessons. We must balance the great enjoyment of the rally, its benefits and prestige and its income benefits to the community with public safety, which must always be paramount. Lessons will be learned. My colleague Paul Wheelhouse has already spoken to me about...

Scottish Parliament: Jim Clark Rally Incidents (3 Jun 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: We intend the lessons to be imparted through the review group, whose report will be made available. Police officers and specialist road traffic officers have been at the scene. The Motor Sports Association will take part in the on-going investigation. We must leave it to those who have expertise to ensure that the site is properly examined. As I said, time was taken to ensure that the bodies...

Scottish Parliament: Jim Clark Rally Incidents (3 Jun 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The member makes a fair point. For that reason, the review will not concentrate simply on the Scottish Borders. We are aware that a tragedy occurred up in the north of Scotland at a motorsport event just a year or so ago. Lessons must be learned in every locality. I cannot speculate on whether there was complacency, but I can say that the Motor Sports Association and those who run the Jim...

Scottish Parliament: Jim Clark Rally Incidents (3 Jun 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I thought that the response was outstanding. Obviously, Police Scotland was there and was involved in the organisation. The fire and rescue and ambulance services were also there. Many events, such as music festivals, and sporting events, such as the rally, have great crowd safety implications. Plans and preparations are always made, we hope, and in most instances they do not require to be...

Scottish Parliament: Jim Clark Rally Incidents (3 Jun 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: It would be premature for me to rush to judgment. I know how Scottish Borders Council welcomed the rally and equally I know about its consciousness of safety. It welcomes the rally because it provides good fun, which many of its residents contribute to and participate in, and it also brings a great deal of benefit into the local community. It is not a matter of pounds, shillings and pence: we...

Scottish Parliament: Jim Clark Rally Incidents (3 Jun 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Absolutely. That is why, on Sunday, I phoned the leader of Scottish Borders Council and, on Monday, the Lord Advocate and I met its chief executive and members of staff. That liaison and relationship will continue. We appreciate that what happened has deeply affected many local people. That is why arrangements have been made so that those who wish to pay tribute or lay flowers can do so. We...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Meetings) (29 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I last met representatives of Police Scotland at the public launch of the national code of ethics for policing in Scotland, which was held yesterday at the Scottish Police College. I was delighted to support that important development, which sees Police Scotland’s values of integrity, fairness and respect firmly placed at the heart of our nation’s policing.

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Meetings) (29 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I think that the sympathy of everybody in the chamber goes to the family of young Regane MacColl. It is a tragedy for anyone so young to lose their life, especially in that manner. Taking any drug carries risks, as it is impossible to know its content and its effect on a person’s health, whether or not it is sold as legal. I urge the public to heed warnings about the dangers of taking...

Scottish Parliament: Porterfield Prison (Replacement) (29 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: Discussions between Highland Council and the Scottish Prison Service on an appropriate location for HMP Highland are under way. Until those discussions are satisfactorily concluded, a date and location for the construction of the prison cannot be confirmed. However, as noted in the Scottish Government’s “Infrastructure Investment Plan 2011”, it remains SPS’s ambition to deliver HMP...

Scottish Parliament: Porterfield Prison (Replacement) (29 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: The number of prisoners that it will hold will be a matter for the Scottish Prison Service. I can confirm that it is budgeted for 2019, and the Scottish Prison Service is working actively with Highland Council to ensure that an appropriate site can be discovered. It will certainly not cost in the region of the near £1 billion that the taxpayer is paying for Addiewell prison. Its construction...

Scottish Parliament: Porterfield Prison (Replacement) (29 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: We strongly support measures that enable justice organisations to work together and ensure modern and efficient facilities. The member has made a good point, and I have no doubt that it will be borne in mind by not only the Scottish Prison Service but the Scottish Court Service, which would ultimately have to engage and deal with matters.

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: I am delighted to open this stage 1 debate on the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill. I record my thanks to the Justice Committee for its consideration of the bill and my thanks to the many stakeholders who have contributed to the process. It was back in 2007 when my predecessor, Cathy Jamieson, asked Lord Gill to undertake a review of civil justice. Lord Gill and his review team undertook an...

Scottish Parliament: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 May 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: That is a fair point. It is important to put on record that the whole purpose of Lord Gill’s review is to ensure that we get access to justice because the system is “slow, inefficient and expensive”. I have narrated that, but it also important to mention Sheriff Principal Taylor’s additional point, because it is not simply about complex cases, such as asbestos cases, going to the...

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

Kenny MacAskill: The decision where and when to deploy resources has always been an operational matter for the chief constable, who has the power to make decisions about the necessary and proportionate use of firearms. That position has not changed with the introduction of a single force. The vast majority of Scotland’s police remain unarmed, but Police Scotland’s dedicated firearms officers are available...

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

Kenny MacAskill: The system that currently exists, which Ms McInnes finds so condemnable, is the same system that operated not only in Tayside and Strathclyde but in Northern Constabulary as at 1 March 2013, prior to the inception of Police Scotland. The chief constable has since implemented the practice across all Scotland. After all, it was accepted by more than half of Scotland when we had the eight...


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