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Scottish Parliament: Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill (22 Mar 2011)

Mike Pringle: As my colleague Robert Brown has already indicated, the Liberal Democrats will support the Government’s Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill. We are glad to do so. I associate myself with the comments that others made about Bill Aitken, who was a fine convener of the Justice Committee. I am not sure what he will do when he moves on, but he will clearly have a lot more time to do the things that...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (17 Mar 2011)

Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote reductions in food miles as part of an environmentally sustainable economy.

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Mike Pringle: Like all other members who have spoken in the debate this afternoon, I congratulate Rhoda Grant on getting the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill through to stage 3. As I said last week in relation to the two members’ bills that were considered on the same day, any member’s bill requires a huge amount of work. Just getting it through the consultation stage, and then stages 1, 2 and finally 3,...

Scottish Parliament: Damages (Scotland) Bill (3 Mar 2011)

Mike Pringle: I join everyone else in congratulating Bill Butler on all the hard work that he has done on the bill. Anyone who has put forward a proposal for a member’s bill will know just how much work and effort has to go into the process, so I again congratulate Bill Butler on his work in bringing to Parliament a bill on a very important issue. The Liberal Democrats support the bill’s aim and agree...

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Redundancy (23 Feb 2011)

Mike Pringle: The number of Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body staff who took voluntary redundancy in 2007-08 was none, in 2008-09 was three and in 2009-10 was five.

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Redundancy (23 Feb 2011)

Mike Pringle: As part of the future resource planning exercise that the SPCB has undertaken, a total of 37 staff will leave the organisation during 2011-12. As far as the costs are concerned, unfortunately we are not yet in a position to give exact figures, but we expect the scheme to pay for itself in under two years and to deliver on-going savings after that.

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People (10 Feb 2011)

Mike Pringle: I speak in support of the SPCB’s three motions, which nominate office holders for reappointment. In advance of this short debate, the SPCB lodged a report in the Scottish Parliament information centre—it is also available on the Parliament’s website—regarding the reappointment of each office holder. Although the office holders’ terms in office do not end until April and May this...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Freight: Freight (4 Feb 2011)

Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assist those businesses that would have applied for the Freight Facilities Grant, which is due to close on 31 March 2011, and are unable to take advantage of the (a) Mode Shift Revenue Support and (b) Waterborne Freight Grant scheme.

Scottish Parliament: Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (3 Feb 2011)

Mike Pringle: Nigel Don talks about cases on indictment only in the High Court, but surely one of the bill’s principles is to give some satisfaction to people who have been affected by crime. Surely the principle is the same for people have been affected by crime, whether the case has been dealt with under indictment in the High Court or in the sheriff court. It is about getting justice for people who...

Scottish Parliament: Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (3 Feb 2011)

Mike Pringle: Double jeopardy is a procedural defence that forbids a defendant’s being tried again on the same or similar charges following a legitimate acquittal or conviction. The rule against double jeopardy is a fundamental principle of Scots law that provides essential protection by preventing the state from repeatedly prosecuting an individual for the same act. Stewart Stevenson gave us a bit of a...

Scottish Parliament: Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (3 Feb 2011)

Mike Pringle: I accept that. Legal people in the High Court will look at the evidence and consider whether a case should be brought back. The High Court might decide that a case that was originally taken as a summary case should now be taken on indictment and not in the sheriff court but in the High Court. There are many permutations. I suspect that the Justice Committee will spend some time on that issue...

Scottish Parliament: Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (3 Feb 2011)

Mike Pringle: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (3 Feb 2011)

Mike Pringle: On that point, who will draw up the list? Will it be a group of people, the High Court or the Justice Committee?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (20 Jan 2011)

Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what target has been set to continue to reduce plastic bag use, given that the Welsh Assembly Government is planning to introduce a levy on all disposable plastic bags.

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Jan 2011)

Mike Pringle: Like many other members, I congratulate Rhoda Grant on introducing the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill. Any bill requires a huge amount of work. Scotland has developed an international reputation for its work on violence against women and, in particular, on domestic abuse. It is vital that that work be driven forward, which is why the Liberal Democrats welcome this afternoon’s debate on...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Health and Wellbeing: Royal Hospital for Sick Children (13 Jan 2011)

Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the Royal hospital for sick children's move to its new site at the Royal infirmary of Edinburgh. (S3O-12576)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Health and Wellbeing: Royal Hospital for Sick Children (13 Jan 2011)

Mike Pringle: The cabinet secretary might be aware that the sick kids hospital is currently located next to the popular Sciennes primary school in my constituency, which is struggling for space. Parent groups at the school have an ambitious proposal to use space that is freed up by the hospital's move to expand the school. Will she agree to meet the parents to discuss the proposals?

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Dec 2010)

Mike Pringle: Hugh Henry introduced this member's bill in June 2010. As any member who has tried to introduce such a bill will know, a huge amount of effort and time is required. I commend Hugh Henry for all the work that he has carried out. As we have heard, the bill proposes the creation of a specific statutory offence of assault on a worker whose employment involves dealing with members of the public....

Scottish Parliament: Antisocial Behaviour Framework (16 Dec 2010)

Mike Pringle: I rise to support the amendment in the name of my colleague Robert Brown. Last year, Liberal Democrats welcomed the change in emphasis that the new framework signalled. We believe that a move away from focusing on short-term enforcement measures towards tackling the root causes of crime and antisocial behaviour is a much more positive and effective approach. The framework and the annual...

Scottish Parliament: Antisocial Behaviour Framework (16 Dec 2010)

Mike Pringle: I am told by the minister that complaints are going down everywhere. I congratulate Lothian and Borders Police—it is doing a great job. Let me turn to antisocial behaviour orders, because I asked my inspector about them, too. He said, "Actually, Mike, we don't have too many antisocial behaviour orders in Edinburgh South. We have precious few—and I can't remember the last time we initiated...


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