Results 1–20 of 1473 for speaker:Margaret Mitchell

Scottish Parliament: Apologies (Scotland) Act 2016 (Awareness Raising) (27 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to raise awareness of the Apologies (Scotland) Act 2016 since it came into force on 19 June 2017. (S5O-03456)

Scottish Parliament: Apologies (Scotland) Act 2016 (Awareness Raising) (27 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: Will the minister consider launching a media information campaign, possibly using the Government’s digital presence—Facebook and so on—targeted at solicitors, local government, businesses and the general public, to raise awareness about the act? If so, will she initiate research on the uptake before and after such a campaign, in order to establish its effectiveness?

Scottish Parliament: Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: Police officers do not monitor or control the conditions that are attached to electronic monitoring. When a breach of those conditions occurs, such as when the offender enters an excluded area or tampers with or removes their tag, the police officers’ response is reactive. That has raised concerns at Scottish Women’s Aid, Victim Support Scotland and Community Justice Scotland that the...

Scottish Parliament: Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: I am grateful to the cabinet secretary for meeting me to discuss the need for stronger risk assessment before electronic monitoring is considered. As he says, at stage 2, I tried to push for robust risk assessment procedures and for details of the risk assessment tool to be shared with the Parliament before the bill was passed. I am pleased that our discussions have at least led the cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Women Prisoners (Support and Services) (20 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: Given the high incidence of women in prison who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, does the cabinet secretary a gree that cutting the availability of prison-based specialist services such as those provided by Open Secret, which is now Wellbeing Scotland, is a retrograde step that has resulted in such prisoners’ underlying problems, which have often led to their using alcohol and drugs...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (Young People Entering and in Custody) (19 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: During the Justice Committee’s short inquiry into secure care places and mental health provision in Scotland, the committee heard that the transition between a secure care place and Polmont can be vital. Some young vulnerable people benefit from close personal relationships that are formed in the secure care place, only for those relationships to be broken when the young person is 18 and...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (6 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the work of the Scottish partnership against rural crime. (S5O-03343)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (6 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: I thank the minister for that comprehensive answer. She will be aware that the rural economy is negatively impacted by rural crimes, which include not only livestock worrying and theft, but fly tipping, which has a hugely detrimental impact on local authorities, farmers and landowners, who have to bear the costs of clearing up such sites. In order to address that worrying and escalating...

Scottish Parliament: Whole-life Custody Sentences (4 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: Is it Mr Finnie’s view that the vast prison population will always be subject to rehabilitation and will never present a danger to the public? We are targeting that very small number of people who cannot be rehabilitated for whatever reason—perhaps they do not have empathy—who do not respect the values of others in society and who will always pose a danger.

Scottish Parliament: Whole-life Custody Sentences (4 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: This important debate has attracted many differing views, and has included comments such as “political posturing”, “political stunt”, “headline hunting” and “lock-’em-up-and-throw-away-the-key justice”. I want to put our proposal in context. I genuinely hope that, once I have done so, members will reflect on those comments, which I consider to have been very ill advised. Our...

Scottish Parliament: Whole-life Custody Sentences (4 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: I ask John Finnie to be brief.

Scottish Parliament: Whole-life Custody Sentences (4 Jun 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: It is not up to the judiciary to influence policy. That is the whole point. This is about the discretion of the judiciary. Perpetrators such as I just described fall within the wide category of criminals who receive a so-called life sentence, which is mandatory for anyone who is convicted of murder, but which by no stretch of the imagination means that they will spend the rest of their life...

Scottish Parliament: Home Energy (Tariffs) (30 May 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what measures it can take to ensure that customers pay a fair tariff for their home energy bills, including older people. (S5O-03319)

Scottish Parliament: Home Energy (Tariffs) (30 May 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: There is clearly a lot going on to help to reduce energy consumption and bills. However, accessing information on how to reduce energy bills, including information about how to change suppliers, is usually done online. What specific measures is the Government taking to ensure that elderly people, many of whom do not have access to the internet, can take advantage of the help that is available?

Scottish Parliament: Buchanan High School (Health Concerns) (28 May 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: Given that the school was built on toxic waste, is the minister satisfied that an appropriate environmental impact assessment was carried out? Is he aware of whether any related conditions were attached to the grant of planning permission?

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate on the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill. The stage 1 report states that the purpose of the bill is “to abolish the defence of reasonable chastisement, and drive a cultural change to discourage the use of physical punishment. The defence of reasonable chastisement can currently be used by parents and others caring for...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: I will give way for this intervention, but I want to develop the argument.

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: The confusion in the debate—for which Alex Cole-Hamilton, too, is guilty—is to talk repeatedly about assault and assault of children without taking any cognisance of what determines assault in law. Christine Grahame made the point very effectively that it is about context, the circumstances and the relationship. By abolishing the defence of reasonable chastisement, that whole law of...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: If John Finnie does not mind, I realise that I am speaking in the minority, so I want to develop this argument, which I think is worth listening to. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal stated in a written response to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee that it is quite possible that the reporting of the assault that is described by the bill will increase through removal of the...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: If the latter is to be the case, that could, given the delays in the court process, result not just in a lengthy separation but in all the other well documented trauma-related adverse consequences that are suffered by children in care. However, if, as John Finnie has said, “The bill’s intention is not to criminalise parents, but to set out a direction of travel about child welfare and...


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