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Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 24th September 2015.

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Photo of Christine Grahame Christine Grahame Scottish National Party

I return to what I said as a caveat at the beginning of my speech, which was that I speak with my convener’s hat on. Members have that on the record but I cannot comment on it today. However, I have no doubt that the minister heard it and can comment.

Some witnesses felt that the Scottish Government or another body should take a more active role in ensuring that the recommendations are implemented, while others highlighted the difficulties in placing a duty on a particular body to do that. On balance, the committee considered that the requirements in the bill were sufficient. I note that the minister, in his response, highlighted that the bill’s provisions in that area broadly replicate the system in England and Wales, which he believes is appropriate and workable.

I have touched on some of the issues that were raised in evidence during the committee’s stage 1 consideration of the bill, but I am sure that other committee members will wish to pick up some of the areas that I have not had time to cover. I look forward to hearing other contributions in the debate and to debating Patricia Ferguson’s member’s bill next week.