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Results 1–20 of 1507 for speaker:Margaret Mitchell

Scottish Parliament: Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 May 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: As the convener of the Justice Committee, I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak in the stage 1 debate on the Children (Scotland) Bill and to thank all the organisations and individuals who gave evidence. Although the evidence taking pre-dated the pandemic, many of the issues in the bill, including the functioning of our family courts, access to child contact centres and arrangements...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: A mendment 7 replaces in full the amendment that I lodged at stage 2, which required the commissioner to put in place a procedure by which a person might make a complaint to the commissioner about the handling of their biometric data. My intention was to ensure that members of the public had the ability to complain directly to the commissioner if they believed that such data had not been...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: I welcome the cabinet secretary’s endorsement of the amendments, and I thank him and his officials for working collaboratively with me to improve them. I think that we all agree that there should be a clear process for individuals to complain about breaches of the code of practice that directly affect them. Happily, the amendments that I lodged do precisely that. Amendment 7 agreed to....

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill (10 Mar 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: I welcome the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill. Digital technology has advanced considerably over the past 25 years, and biometrics is one of the most rapidly developing technologies. Biometric data is both highly sensitive and intrusive. It has evolved from first-generation biometrics, such as fingerprints and DNA, and second-generation technology such as facial recognition software,...

Scottish Parliament: Fly Tipping (5 Mar 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to tackle fly tipping. (S5O-04221)

Scottish Parliament: Fly Tipping (5 Mar 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: The cabinet secretary may recall that I raised the issue with the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment in June last year and pointed out that, in England and Wales, the court can make an order requiring an individual who is convicted of fly tipping to meet the costs of the clear-up. Given that one of the aims of the rural crime strategy is to stop organised crime benefiting...

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Sector and Third Sector (Support) (27 Feb 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support the voluntary and third sectors. (S5O-04183)

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Sector and Third Sector (Support) (27 Feb 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: Given the involvement of, and reliance on, the voluntary and third sectors, especially in criminal justice work, does the cabinet secretary agree with Apex Scotland that the annual budget process for justice-related third sector organisations is “extremely wasteful and inefficient” and that, as a priority, it should be replaced with—at the very least—a more sustainable and effective...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Draft Budget 2020-21) (26 Feb 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: The motion on which we will shortly vote is concise, straightforward and unambiguous. Above all, it is accurate. The 2020-21 draft budget leaves Police Scotland millions of pounds short in carrying out the vital work that is needed to keep our communities safe. It is therefore disappointing that the SNP and, in particular, Labour—albeit that there were excellent speeches from Johann Lamont...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Draft Budget 2020-21) (26 Feb 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: The £50 million is on top of the £96 million of policing consequentials from the Barnett formula. I hope that by the end of the debate the Government will confirm that those will be passed on. It is deeply concerning that, as a direct consequence of underfunding, Scotland’s police officers have little hope of maintaining a level playing field when competing with the state-of-the-art...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Draft Budget 2020-21) (26 Feb 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: I turn to police vehicles. More than half of Police Scotland’s fleet is currently operating beyond its replacement criteria. The draft budget allocates a ring-fenced £5 million to invest in greener vehicles to replace those that are more than five years old or have done more than 125,000 miles. That is at least £8 million short of the funding that would be required to achieve that aim....

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (4 Feb 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: I support Liz Smith’s amendment 16. To answer Mr Findlay, I attended Coatbridge high school, as did Fulton MacGregor, although we were quite a number of years apart. It is a comprehensive school. I fully recognise the value of independent schools. They should not be a political football. We are talking about children’s future. We are in danger of passing an amendment that will make it so...

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment (Preservation of Buildings and Landmarks) (22 Jan 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to preserve buildings and landmarks of historic interest. (S5O-04027)

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment (Preservation of Buildings and Landmarks) (22 Jan 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: The Hamilton mausoleum, which was built as a monument to the 10th Duke of Hamilton, is an iconic landmark of huge cultural and historical interest in Lanarkshire, but it has water damage and needs repair urgently. The save the Hamilton mausoleum trust has been set up, and a local campaign has been launched by the Hamilton Advertiser to raise funds to repair the damage before costs spiral out...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: Stage 1 (9 Jan 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: As the convener of the Justice Committee, I am pleased to speak on the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill. I express my thanks to the Justice Committee’s members and clerks for their hard work and to all the witnesses who provided evidence as part of our scrutiny of the bill. The past 25 years have seen a digital revolution, with technology now central to the way we live. That impacts on...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: Stage 1 (9 Jan 2020)

Margaret Mitchell: The bill is all about transparency and the collection of more biometric data, which is very personal information. If we are to have trust and the bill is to be successful, the public must have a mechanism through which to complain, and I urge the cabinet secretary to reconsider that when we come to stage 2. The use of technology that impacts on the rights of individuals must always be...

Scottish Parliament: Financial Abuse (18 Dec 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: I congratulate James Dornan on bringing this important and timely debate to the chamber. Domestic abuse manifests itself in many forms, and not all victims and survivors of domestic abuse bear physical wounds and scars from that abuse. Today’s motion recognises that the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 criminalises coercive and controlling behaviour. Although it is not tangible, such...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Prison Service (Auditor General’s Report) (3 Dec 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: The Scottish Government’s presumption against short-term sentences of three months or less, and now 12 months or less, relies heavily on community payback orders and other alternatives to custody working effectively. Given that the success of those orders and other alternatives to custody relies heavily on the third and voluntary sectors being adequately funded to deliver those programmes,...

Scottish Parliament: Gender-based Violence (27 Nov 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: I congratulate Rona Mackay on bringing this timely and important debate to Parliament. It is timely because 25 November was international day for the elimination of violence against women and marked the start of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Clearly, GBV and violence against women can take many forms. I want to cover three aspects, starting with human trafficking....

Scottish Parliament: Sheku Bayoh (12 Nov 2019)

Margaret Mitchell: I, too, extend my condolences to Mr Bayoh’s family and friends. Will the cabinet secretary confirm whether there is a mechanism to establish how often the decision not to prosecute has been taken where someone has died in either police or prison custody, and where concerns have been expressed about the action or conduct of Police Scotland or individual police officers, or the SPS or...


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