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Given the fact that it is plain that the children's commissioner's role in Scotland is severely constricted, despite her comment that children are not a reserved matter, I refer the minister to section 52(2) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 with which he is, no doubt,
I do not have all the facts about individual cases before me. However, it is my understanding that not only do we have a regular programme of proper social work inspections and other inspections at Dungavel, involving the agencies that are established by the Parliament and that are accountable to the Parliament, but that children who are in Dungavel or who may, at some time, spend some time there, could be involved in many aspects of our children's hearings system and wider children's services. My understanding is that there have been examples of that in the past, which I hope helps to answer Christine Grahame's question. The important fact is that there are no children currently in Dungavel. Whatever attitudes members may have to the issues of immigration and asylum, everyone will welcome that fact.