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Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: Thank you, Presiding Officer—in the interests of time, I will speak only to my own amendments in the group. This group of amendments relates to the new section 5A, which was added to the bill at stage 2 by the cabinet secretary in response to many requests from members across the board for additional reporting requirements on how the bill will affect the justice system. Essentially, section...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the cabinet secretary for her extremely comprehensive response, which is duly noted and is now a matter of public record. I pay tribute to Audrey Nicoll, who was the only person who sat with her eyes up through most of the debate. It was a bit like being at a bingo hall, with everyone sitting with their eyes down. I appreciate that a group on reporting requirements is not the most...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: That is correct. Amendment 26, by agreement, withdrawn. Amendments 76 and 77 moved—[Katy Clark]—and agreed to. Amendment 78 moved—[Katy Clark].

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: The committee spent a lot of time looking at this point. It is important, for the benefit of other members in the chamber, to recognise that the reason why we are having to curtail the days on which people may be released is the lack of provision of public services even on working days, and especially on a Friday. It is because of a failure of other public services that we are having to...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: In relation to the amendments in this group, I will briefly say two things. One is to thank the cabinet secretary for responding to my amendments at stage 2, which are now reflected in amendments 37 to 41, which we will support and which I encourage all members to support. I would like to put that on the record. I appreciate that, at stage 2, we draft amendments in a way that we think is...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank members for their forbearance—it has been a long day. Group 11 contains one amendment, which concerns a sensitive issue. I hope that members will bear with me while I explain it. I make no apology for bringing the issue back to the chamber. The bill is about bail and release, and amendment 84 concerns release in a specific circumstance. That issue is important to me, as it featured...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the cabinet secretary for her comments, which I appreciate. I am not going to debate the technicalities of why amendment 84 is flawed, which I can see for myself. I guess that there are limitations to what one can do at stage 3 with an issue that is as wide ranging as this one. The cabinet secretary made an interesting point. Sometimes, many roads lead to the same destination. I am...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: Well, that is the consensual bit out of the way, and now we move to a discussion of the power to release early, which brings us back to the politics of it all. The amendments in this group relate to a ministerial power in section 8 that in effect gives Scottish ministers the power to release prisoners early—by that, I do not mean early release in the way we talked about in relation to other...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the cabinet secretary for what I thought was a predictable response to my concerns. I posed many of the questions that I posed for good reason. As the cabinet secretary said, it is better to have this debate in times of peace than it would be to have it in times of emergency. We did not have time to debate some of the issues the last time that we were asked to make what were quite...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: Will the cabinet secretary give way?

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: Please do not sound so enthusiastic, cabinet secretary. I will try to make my intervention as interesting and relevant as possible. There was an issue at stage 2, in that Conservatives felt that there was a need to include victims organisations in the consultation, but, in doing so, did not want to unduly assign any statutory duties to them to deliver throughcare. There is a fine balance to...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I am getting a feeling of déjà vu, Presiding Officer. I will not move amendment 66. Amendment 66 not moved.

Scottish Parliament: Connectivity (Support for Island Businesses) (14 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to tourism and other businesses within island communities to mitigate the impact of any connectivity issues affecting them. (S6O-02362)

Scottish Parliament: Connectivity (Support for Island Businesses) (14 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: The Scottish Government has had plenty time to look into this because the ferry fiasco that our islands now face is not a recent event—it has been happening for some years. Hotels, restaurants, shops, cafes, caravan sites and cycle hire businesses—you name it, even our amazing breweries—are all suffering. They are losing money and they are losing customers right now, so I would like to...

Scottish Parliament: Caledonian MacBrayne Services (Resilience Fund) (14 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I will do something unusual with my four minutes—I will nominate one of my constituents for an award. His letter was dubbed “Letter of the day”, but I nominate Mr John S Milligan from Kilmarnock for the prestigious parliamentary award of letter of the year, because it brilliantly sums up the entire debate. I will read his letter to members. He says: “I booked my car and caravan on the...

Scottish Parliament: Caledonian MacBrayne Services (Resilience Fund) (14 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Caledonian MacBrayne Services (Resilience Fund) (14 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I wonder whether islanders on Uist will be as angry and frustrated having listened to today’s debate, given that not a single ounce of detail has come from those on the Government benches on what compensation might be available to them and their businesses. There has not been a single word or commitment from the Government, and those islanders will be as fuming as we are on this side of the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (Withdrawal of Appliances) (13 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I think that the general public will be extremely concerned and worried about what they are hearing in the chamber today. The reality is that our fire service faces hundreds of millions of pounds of backlog maintenance, and it made clear to the Parliament’s Criminal Justice Committee the direct effect that current funding arrangements would have on the availability of appliances. Can the...

Scottish Parliament: New Vessels for the Clyde and the Hebrides (Report) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the previous two members for their contributions. One of the most striking comments that a witness ever made to a parliamentary committee inquiry was in late 2020, when a question was posed to a witness about why the outcome of a hugely valuable public procurement exercise, which named its price up front, would produce a winning bid that was deemed to be highest in quality and highest...


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