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Scottish Parliament: Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (27 Jun 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: Mr Bibby’s amendments 2 and 5 are a modest improvement on the amendments that were considered at stage 2, in that they would apply only to “constables, who are assigned duties that relate to the policing of railways and railway property”, whereas the previous amendments covered all police officers. However, let us consider what the amendments mean, because there are...

Scottish Parliament: Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill (27 Jun 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Online Exploitation and Abuse of Children (27 Jun 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: I congratulate Gillian Martin on bringing this important topic to us today. I thank the people who helped to brief me. Barrister Annabelle Turner came to see me yesterday and briefed me on behalf of the International Justice Mission. It is worth having a wee think about what the IJM is about. Ms Turner is one of many professionally qualified people who work for the organisation and provide...

Scottish Parliament: Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Jun 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: It is fair to say that the amendment that is before us is narrower in scope and closer to being able to be taken forward than the amendment in the name of Oliver Mundell’s former colleague that the committee considered at stage 2. However, it still suffers from the same basic problems. If it were to be agreed to, the bill could move forward, but there would be a potential road block in...

Scottish Parliament: Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill (22 Jun 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: I will begin by talking about my colleagues in the chamber. I have always thought that all of us who stand for Parliament and elected office, whatever our political traditions and beliefs, come here—with almost no exceptions—wanting to do good for the people whom we are elected to represent. That does not change the fact that I will disagree with members in other parties on...

Scottish Parliament: Freedom of Information Requests (21 Jun 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: I start by welcoming the Government’s announcement, which takes the public accessibility and availability of information relating to FOI requests—information that is in official hands—to new heights. I want to talk about the Tories—the party that lodged today’s motion. They have not always been the most enthusiastic supporters of FOI. In the stage 1 debate on the...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: I start by declaring a relevant interest. NFU Scotland provides me with its magazine, Scottish Farming Leader, at no cost. The cover price is £3.50. I thank the NFUS for that, which helps me to stay in touch, and I will come back to that. I also declare that I have a registered agricultural holding of less than two hectares from which I derive no income. The Leader helps us all to stay...

Scottish Parliament: Policing 2026 (20 Jun 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: I draw members’ attention to the fact that I have a close family member who is a police constable. Is the cabinet secretary aware that section 41 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 empowers the Treasury “Where VAT is chargeable on the supply of goods or services to a Government department” to direct the commissioners to refund VAT? On 1 April 2015 in England, such a direction...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Commission (20 Jun 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: I welcome the news that 4,000 crofts are now registered. How will we help communities to ensure that the remaining 14,000 crofts are appropriately registered?

Scottish Parliament: Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (6 Jun 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: Without rebutting the point that has just been made, I wonder whether Douglas Ross might care to consider whether there have been challenges with technology for decades, and that perhaps we should welcome those challenges being opened up to the public gaze and engaged with, albeit that we should continue to hold the Government and the COPFS to account for delivering effective change.

Scottish Parliament: Inshore Fisheries (Unlicensed Commercial Fishing) (31 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to protect inshore fisheries against unlicensed commercial fishing. (S5O-01045)

Scottish Parliament: Protecting Workers’ Rights (31 May 2017)

Christine Grahame: Our next speaker is Michelle Ballantyne, who will be followed by Stewart Stevenson. This is Ms Ballantyne’s first speech in the Parliament—I welcome you here. We have often been on platforms together, although not with the same point of view.

Scottish Parliament: Child Safety Week (31 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: I declare that I am a member of the safety-related body, the Institute of Advanced Motorists. I congratulate Clare Adamson on bringing the subject of the debate to Parliament tonight. I was probably the pupil who always sat at the back of the class not listening to, or engaging with, safety messages. I have a long history of what I can only describe as attempted suicide. I will start with...

Scottish Parliament: Cyber-resilience (24 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: In that case, Presiding Officer, let me caution chief executives and chairmen of companies not to use Bluetooth in their cars unless they know how to delete data from the memory. I am a good guy and I deleted it, but not everybody is as honest and trustworthy as I am.

Scottish Parliament: Seat Belts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: Sometimes we legislate to fix a problem; sometimes we legislate to prevent a problem; sometimes we legislate to reform or simplify; sometimes we legislate to create opportunity; and sometimes we legislate for the benefit of institutions or individuals. The reasons why we legislate are many and diverse—my list is far from complete. Each bill must stand on its merits or fall because of...

Scottish Parliament: World Hypertension Month (23 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: Like other members, I thank Maree Todd for the opportunity to discuss something that is probably of interest to every one of us, with regard either to ourselves individually or to a family member. I am not a regular reader of Hypertension News , but in the February 2017 edition I read about the objective of screening the blood pressure of 25 million people in May. I advise the chamber that I...

Scottish Parliament: Infrastructure Investment (North-east Scotland) (18 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what infrastructure investment it has made in the north-east since 2007, and what future investment it has planned to make the area better connected. (S5O-01005)

Scottish Parliament: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (18 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: I very much welcome what the minister is saying. Does he agree that the great strengths of PACE include the fact that it draws all of us into the room, regardless of political affiliation—I have sat in PACE meetings with Lewis Macdonald, for example; it enables us all to make our individual contributions, with our contacts and knowledge; and it also involves United Kingdom departments,...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (17 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: No, no.

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (17 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I wish to raise a point of order under rule 7.3, “Order in the Chamber”. At 15:48 today, Douglas Ross MSP said in his speech, “in my own area of Moray, we came closer than any part of Scotland to voting leave. Much of that vote came from the coastal communities—from Burghead ... to Cullen and everything in between.” I note...


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