Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 9:31 am on 2nd July 1999.

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Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party 9:31 am, 2nd July 1999

To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to implement the recommendations of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry as contained in the Macpherson report. (S1O-126)

Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat

The Executive fully recognises the important issues raised by the Macpherson report, which clearly have implications for Scotland and not just for England and Wales. I intend to publish shortly an action plan to take forward the Macpherson report in Scotland. We will then consult widely on the proposals in the plan to implement the recommendations.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

The recent case of Ghulam Rabbani raises many issues relevant to Macpherson, such as the chronic underfunding of interpreting services in Scotland. What does the minister intend to do about that in relation to the criminal justice system?

Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat

As Shona Robison knows, there are a number of recommendations in the Macpherson report. Some of them do not apply to Scotland, but our working presumption will be that we will seek to implement those that do. As I said, we will bring forward an action plan to deal with issues such as the ones that she raises. In parallel with the position taken by the Home Secretary in England, I intend to set up and chair a steering group to oversee progress in the implementation of those recommendations.