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Scottish Parliament: Creative Scotland (Severance Package for Chief Executive) (11 Dec 2012)

David McLetchie: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of the severance package agreed with the chief executive of Creative Scotland, Andrew Dixon, in light of his announcement that he is to leave the organisation in January 2013. (S4T-00158)

Scottish Parliament: Creative Scotland (Severance Package for Chief Executive) (11 Dec 2012)

David McLetchie: I am very disappointed to hear that. I am not quite sure why the Scottish Government should be complicit in a cover-up of the expenditure of considerable sums of public money. In considering her answer to my previous question, the cabinet secretary should acknowledge that we have got into a situation in which the year of creative Scotland has turned into the year of destructive—or...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Scotland (Severance Package for Chief Executive) (11 Dec 2012)

David McLetchie: Can the cabinet secretary confirm that she retains full confidence in the board of Creative Scotland and that following the publication of the internal reviews, which is due to take place on Friday, she will take all necessary steps to restore the confidence of members of the artistic community in Scotland in the organisation?

Scottish Parliament: Prison Sentences (Early Release) (27 Nov 2012)

David McLetchie: I agree with the cabinet secretary when he says that the law needs to be clear and understandable to all. Would we not get that clarity if we ended automatic early release? If we did so, we would not need to have all the elaborate provisions that the cabinet secretary has just outlined to Mr Macdonald.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Civil Justice Council and Criminal Legal Assistance Bill: Stage 1 (25 Oct 2012)

David McLetchie: I am pleased to be able to speak in today’s stage 1 debate on the Scottish Civil Justice Council and Criminal Legal Assistance Bill. Once again, the Parliament and the Justice Committee are considering a piece of legislation with two very different parts. Part 1 seeks to establish the Scottish civil justice council to reform the civil justice rules and keep the system under review. Part 2...

Scottish Parliament: Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Access) (20 Sep 2012)

David McLetchie: The debate is about how we ensure that students who have the ability and desire to become solicitors in Scotland are not deterred by a lack of financial support. I note that the Law Society of Scotland and the campaign for fair access to the legal profession, which represents all 10 Scottish universities that offer undergraduate law degrees, have expressed concern about the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Strathclyde Police (Meetings) (19 Sep 2012)

David McLetchie: Did the cabinet secretary read the report on Strathclyde police authority, in which the auditor highlighted the inadequate level of engagement on the part of authority members?

Scottish Parliament: Civilian Police Staff (17 May 2012)

David McLetchie: I welcome the opportunity to debate the future of civilian staff in Scotland’s police forces, which touches on topics that we discussed last week during the stage 1 debate on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill. During the Justice Committee’s consideration of that bill, it was made clear that there is concern about the projected losses of civilian staff. I start with a comment on...

Scottish Parliament: Civilian Police Staff (17 May 2012)

David McLetchie: This morning’s debate has highlighted the challenges that face us in light of the current pressures on the public finances. Making the necessary savings will involve difficult decisions and, with 86 per cent of the policing budget going on staffing costs, posts will have to be lost. However, we must ensure that the police service that emerges is effective, is focused on tackling crime and...

Scottish Parliament: Civilian Police Staff (17 May 2012)

David McLetchie: It would certainly make a contribution, but I would prefer the full business case to be submitted. No one in the chamber is clear about how much money will be saved by a move to a single police force. Accordingly, and because police officer numbers are to be protected, we can only guess how many civilian posts will have to be shed in the years to come. The Scottish Government’s position is...

Scottish Parliament: Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (10 May 2012)

David McLetchie: Will the cabinet secretary clarify whether the reform process is being driven by the need for protection from the so-called budget cuts from Westminster or by a desire to ensure that Scotland has the best possible service?

Scottish Parliament: Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (10 May 2012)

David McLetchie: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill. As I suspect will be the norm in speeches this morning, I will focus my comments on the establishment of a single police service for Scotland. The proposal for a single fire and rescue service, although equally important, is, in my judgment, a sensible efficiency...

Scottish Parliament: Women Offenders (26 Apr 2012)

David McLetchie: Like the cabinet secretary and Mr Macdonald, I welcome the report that the commission has published. I was pleased to make a modest contribution to its work by way of oral evidence. Before I comment on some of the specific recommendations, it is worth emphasising some key statistics concerning crimes committed by women, which should provide a context for our consideration of them. The first...

Scottish Parliament: Women Offenders (26 Apr 2012)

David McLetchie: I happily acknowledge that that is the case for many women offenders. However, for those who end up in jail, we should not forget that the size of our prison population arises from the judgments that are made by our independently appointed judges who, taking into account the crime committed and the history of the criminality of the particular offender, have reached a conclusion that a...

Scottish Parliament: Women Offenders (26 Apr 2012)

David McLetchie: I am not really sure where the 2 per cent figure comes from; perhaps the minister could explain that as well as how it fits with the fact that in one year alone—2010-11—there were 321 instances of non-sexual crimes of violence committed by women.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lothian (Management Culture Inquiry) (19 Apr 2012)

David McLetchie: 6. To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive a report from NHS Lothian on its inquiry into its management culture. (S4O-00884)

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lothian (Management Culture Inquiry) (19 Apr 2012)

David McLetchie: The cabinet secretary will recall that, following her statement to the Parliament on 21 March, I raised the importance of having an independent investigation into the management culture at NHS Lothian. I welcome the reappointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which conducted the initial investigation into waiting times management, and I welcome in particular the appointment of Mr David Bowles,...

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Apr 2012)

David McLetchie: As other members have done, I speak as a member of the Justice Committee, which has had responsibility for scrutinising the bill, the first part of which was described to us as creating “a tortuous system which is barely intelligible to lawyers, let alone to the general public”, and the second part of which is now largely redundant due to the actions of a leading Scottish newspaper. As we...

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Apr 2012)

David McLetchie: Yes—I accept that that is the position, but that is a cover-up for not implementing anything, as Mr Finnie will realise, the longer he serves in this Parliament. As members have said, part 2 has largely been superseded by events. Shortly before the publication of the committee’s stage 1 report, the statement of reasons was published in a leading Scottish newspaper. The newspaper said that...

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Apr 2012)

David McLetchie: Thank you, Presiding Officer. Once again, you show your generous nature. I am most gratified. This has happened a couple of weeks in a row. As I indicated in my opening remarks, the Scottish Conservatives will support the bill at stage 1. We welcome this afternoon’s debate, which has provided us with an opportunity to question and examine the Government’s handling of the legislation, and...


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