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Scottish Parliament: Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill ( 9 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: At stage 1, Mr Scott raised a very interesting point about a Mohr’s slip circle. Is he satisfied that, in the unfortunate event of the occurrence of a Mohr’s slip circle, people will be better protected as a result of the bill?

Scottish Parliament: Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill ( 9 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: It is difficult to know where to start, given the wide array of issues in this extensive, complex and technical bill. While the cabinet secretary was speaking, I was thinking that when he comes to write his book about his experiences in Government the chapter on how he steered through this important bill will show that this was a high point in his political career.

Scottish Parliament: Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill ( 9 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: I do not think so, but I will be delighted to receive a signed copy free of charge, when it has been completed. In all seriousness, the bill is important. I was delighted that John Scott put his reference to the Mohr slip circle—I confess that I was blissfully unaware of the phenomenon until it came up in the committee; I had seen one but I did not know what it was until John Scott...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: A concern has arisen about whether licences will be granted to kill raptors to protect a species that is bred for the purpose of its being shot for so-called sport. I have made it clear that I think it ridiculous that it might ever prove possible to get a licence to kill a valued, protected species to protect a species that is bred in huge numbers solely for the purpose of shooting. I lodged...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: I hear what members have to say, but they will not be surprised to hear that I take a contrary view. When we were in Langholm during the early stages of our consideration of the bill, the Scottish Gamekeepers Association argued for a greater opportunity to get licences to deal with the problem. We are aware that the association has lobbied on that point, and there is an attempt to agree...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: We are having this debate because there is a persistent problem in Scotland with bird persecution, which has come to be one of the main debating points in the bill, notwithstanding the fact that the bill did not contain provisions on the matter at the start of the process. It ought to be a matter of national shame that a minority of Scots persistently and routinely shoot, poison or otherwise...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: I welcome the minister’s latter point about a review of the penalties. That will be an important part of strengthening the law. I also welcome the vicarious liability provisions in the bill. Nevertheless, I think that vicarious liability will be as difficult to prove as almost any other offence relating to wildlife crime. That is partly why I want to go down the route that I have been...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: Mr Swinney comments from a sedentary position, but he, too, is noted for overegging the pudding on many subjects. In the end, it comes down to one thing. We must make up our minds, in Scotland, whether we are prepared to accept the crimes that continue to be committed no matter what legal provisions we have passed. It is all very well for us to come here and say that we find those things...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: Amendment 53 was lodged following concern that the provisions in the bill do not fully match the requirements of the relevant EU directive. There are species, such as the water vole and the red squirrel, that deserve more protection. That was debated at stage 2, and I am clear that the Government shares the concerns to protect those species adequately and that it believes that it has...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: The minister made it clear that the policy intention behind the bill’s provisions is to secure the same outcomes that I seek. On that basis, I will not press the amendment. Amendment 53, by agreement, withdrawn.

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: Amendment 56 relates to the powers of the SSPCA, which were fully debated at stage 2. I understand the concerns that some members have about the issue. The minister pointed out that the offer by the SSPCA—which, in my view, was a generous offer—to deploy resources to help fight wildlife crime raised important issues that should be properly consulted on before any decisions are made. I...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: I am grateful for the minister’s generous offer and I readily accept it. Whether she will have the chance to do anything about it is another matter, but I accept the offer in the spirit in which it was made. I seek leave to withdraw amendment 56. Amendment 56, by agreement, withdrawn. Section 20B—Liability in relation to certain offences by others Amendment 27 not moved. Before section 22

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: I support Robin Harper’s amendment. Amendment 60, in my name, is on reporting against our biodiversity obligations, which was debated fully at stage 2. The minister indicated at stage 2 that she would work with me to try to agree on an amendment at stage 3 to cover the point, which resulted in amendment 60. It is quite technical in nature, but given that it was e-mailed to me from the...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: I thank the clerks and the bill team, whom I burdened considerably, given the size of the amendments that I lodged—although they also had a hand in that. I genuinely thank them for all their efforts in helping me. I also thank RSPB Scotland, of which I am a member, the Scottish raptor study groups, which do remarkable work in helping our understanding of the condition of our raptors...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: But it is not the only reason—that is the point that I am trying to make. We need to develop the science further. I am talking about rigorous work that we ought to respect, but we also ought to encourage its further development so that we can use it as a tool to bear down on a problem that we all believe still exists. Having said that, I think that we may have to come back to the issue of...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill ( 2 Mar 2011)

Peter Peacock: Does Mr Hume realise that under current cross-compliance rules agricultural support can be removed on similar evidence?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (24 Feb 2011)

Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the basis was for the amount included in Highland Council’s budget for the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (24 Feb 2011)

Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what understanding was reached with or through COSLA regarding increased funding for particular local authorities for national centres of excellence in education being intended for the continuation of such centres.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (24 Feb 2011)

Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is regarding a local authority no longer providing funding for a national centre of excellence in education for which its annual funding had been specifically increased.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (West Highlands) (10 Feb 2011)

Peter Peacock: 11. To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the Scottish Ambulance Service and whether issues relating to its operations in the west Highlands were discussed. (S3O-12985)


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