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Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Counter-corruption Unit) (22 Mar 2016)

Elaine Murray: The Scottish Police Federation and retired officers have raised a number of concerns, some with the Justice Committee, about the culture and work practices that have been adopted by the counter-corruption unit, including disproportionate investigations into people’s private lives, the use of detention up to seven hours and escorting people to washroom facilities during breaks in their...

Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Mar 2016)

Elaine Murray: Amendment 29 is similar to my stage 2 amendment 4, which I lodged but did not press after agreement to discuss its intention further with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and his officials. I am grateful for their assistance in drafting this improved version and for their investigation into some of the wider issues that cannot be addressed in the bill but will, I hope, be pursued in the next...

Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Mar 2016)

Elaine Murray: To answer Margaret Mitchell’s point, the cabinet secretary made it clear that a public place is where “members of the public were present”. Unless it was a very strange sexual practice that was going on—I know that there are some of that nature—it is unlikely that somebody round the back of the bike sheds would have “members of the public ... present”; therefore, such a scenario...

Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Mar 2016)

Elaine Murray: I rise to support the amendment in Margaret Mitchell’s name, and to congratulate her on her tenacity in bringing the issue forward—in the form of a number of amendments to a number of different bills—to try and address the issue of complainers whose sensitive records are sought by defence counsel. This is an appropriate bill in which to place such a provision. Some of the issues around...

Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill (22 Mar 2016)

Elaine Murray: I am honoured to open the stage 3 debate for Scottish Labour on the last bill to be considered in the fourth session of the Scottish Parliament. I would like to thank the clerks, the Scottish Parliament information centre and the witnesses who wrote to or attended committee for their contributions to our deliberations, not just on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill but over...

Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill (22 Mar 2016)

Elaine Murray: I have had this cough since 5 January. I wish it would go away. Opponents within the judiciary argue that similar directions will creep into other areas of legislation, but that can happen only if Parliament agrees that it should happen. I do not think that mission creep is going to happen by itself. Decisions to extend judicial direction would have to be made by Parliament. The bill also...

Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill (22 Mar 2016)

Elaine Murray: Thank you very much, Presiding Officer. I often wonder how much more can be said about a bill when we get to the final debate at stage 3. The cabinet secretary and I discussed the possibility that we might have only half an hour for the stage 3 debate, but we have ended up with an hour and three quarters. It has actually been a comprehensive conclusion to this session’s debates. Margaret...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Strategy (15 Mar 2016)

Elaine Murray: The minister mentioned grid upgrade, and he may be aware that Scottish Power Energy Networks proposed a pylon network in the style of the Beauly to Denny line across Dumfries and Galloway. As far as I have been made aware, local people consider—to a person—that that would benefit large multinational power generation companies, rather than the local economy. Will the minister assure my...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments ( 9 Mar 2016)

Elaine Murray: I am pleased that the Conservatives have chosen the important issue of rural affairs to be debated in their time. The Scottish Government’s failure to timeously pay farmers their basic farm and other payments has caused great concern among my constituents—not just those who are directly involved in farming, but also those who appreciate and rely on the enormous contribution that farming...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security ( 1 Mar 2016)

Elaine Murray: As other members have said, the Scottish Parliament is to assume important new powers with regard to several aspects of the social security system as a consequence of the Smith agreement. The work that the Government has been undertaking in advance of that change is to be welcomed. I appreciate that all options must be considered, including the option of having the DWP continue to operate...

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Feb 2016)

Elaine Murray: As Michael McMahon said, I lodged an amendment to his motion, and I am disappointed that the Presiding Officer did not select it for debate. I will nevertheless speak to the amendment’s intentions, although there is no possibility of a vote on it. Michael McMahon introduced his Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill in November 2013, having consulted on his proposals in 2012—although, as he...

Scottish Parliament: "SNAP: Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights — Year Two Report" (23 Feb 2016)

Elaine Murray: When Professor Alan Miller, the outgoing chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, came before the Justice Committee, he explained to us that, in developing the Scottish national action plan for human rights, the SHRC had benefited from international experience and best practice. He advised us that the UN’s Paris principles require national human rights organisations to act as a bridge...

Scottish Parliament: Community Justice (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (11 Feb 2016)

Elaine Murray: I had concerns when I first looked at the Government amendments, but given that Alison McInnes, who brought the amendments to the committee in the first place, has been persuaded to accept them, we are prepared to accept them too. However, I seek assurances from the minister that there will be sufficient focus on desistance. Ultimately, what every victim wants is that what they suffered does...

Scottish Parliament: Community Justice (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (11 Feb 2016)

Elaine Murray: At stage 2, I lodged a number of amendments that were proposed by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. They included an amendment to section 30 that required each local community justice partner to demonstrate co-operation with the other partners. At that stage, the minister recognised that section 20, on reporting on performance, did not require community justice partners to state...

Scottish Parliament: Community Justice (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (11 Feb 2016)

Elaine Murray: Amendment 33 seems to be the introduction of a sunset clause, repealing sections 1 to 32 of the bill after six years unless ministers have by regulation allowed the provisions to continue. Although I share Margaret Mitchell’s concerns about funding, I do not understand how the amendment would address her concerns about TUPE, because staff will already have been transferred at the point at...

Scottish Parliament: Community Justice (Scotland) Bill (11 Feb 2016)

Elaine Murray: On behalf of Scottish Labour, I thank the clerks, the witnesses, the legislation team, Scottish Government officials and the minister for their contributions to the development of the bill since it was introduced last year. The bill has changed considerably since its first draft. Many of the suggestions that the Justice Committee made in its stage 1 report were taken on board by the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Dumfries and Galloway) ( 3 Feb 2016)

Elaine Murray: 8. To ask the Scottish Government how many homes for social rent and how many for mid-market rent will have been built in Dumfries and Galloway between May 2011 and March 2016. (S4O-05511)

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Dumfries and Galloway) ( 3 Feb 2016)

Elaine Murray: I thank the minister for her full response. Minister, I was contacted recently by a couple with four children in a two-bedroom property with a box-room. They had 40 overcrowding points and they were one of 24 families who were applying for eight four-bedroom properties in the Annan area, none of which have become available in the past 12 months. Consideration was being given to other methods...

Scottish Parliament: Succession (Scotland) Bill (28 Jan 2016)

Elaine Murray: During stage 2 consideration of amendments, the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs said that he was glad to get away from the Justice Committee for a while. I suspect that fellow members of the Justice Committee will agree with me that we were pleased not to have the bill come before our committee along with all the other bills. We are grateful to the Delegated Powers and Law...

Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 Jan 2016)

Elaine Murray: I thank the clerks, as well as the witnesses who gave written and oral evidence at stage 1. Two parts of the bill were more contentious than the rest: judicial directions and whether the provisions about the distribution of intimate photographs without consent ought to be extended to other forms of communication. Section 1, which introduces a statutory aggravation where an offence consists of...


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