– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 5th February 2003.

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Photo of Stewart Stevenson Stewart Stevenson Scottish National Party

Question S1W-33055

To ask the Scottish Executive what recommendations have been made by the working group on discrimination in reaction to the report The Experience of Violence and Harassment of Gay Men in the City of Edinburgh and what specific action has been taken in response.

Photo of Hugh Henry Hugh Henry Labour

There is no official Scottish Executive working group on discrimination, although the Steering Group established to co-ordinate the Scottish response to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report did deal with discrimination. The Experience of Violence and Harassment of Gay Men in the City of Edinburgh was not considered by the Steering Group.

The report made a number of recommendations for a wide range of agencies to consider including the Executive. One of the main recommendations was that an inter-agency group at national level should be established to consider the violence and harassment experienced by gay men across Scotland. This was supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) and the Scottish Executive and led to the setting up of a wider group, the Scottish Police and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Liaison Forum. The forum’s main remit is to advise ACPOS on service delivery issues in relation to LGBT communities. It also advises COSLA and the Executive on service delivery and policy issues in relation to policing the LGBT communities. The Scottish Executive is represented on the forum, which has just completed its second productive year.

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