Christine Grahame MSP

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  • Member for: Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale
  • Region: South Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

Christine is a member of the following Committees:

Christine is a member of the following Cross-Party Groups:

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Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener (Christine Grahame)

Good afternoon. I apologise to our witnesses for having to rush on with this—you have hardly had time to sit down. However, we have to stop by 2.20 as the Parliament is sitting this afternoon. I welcome everyone to the ninth meeting in 2014 of the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing. I ask everyone to switch off mobile phones and other electronic devices completely, as they interfere with broadcasting even when they are on silent. No apologies have been received.

Agenda item 1 is on independent custody visiting. We will hear how the new arrangements are working in practice. I welcome Andy Cowie, assistant inspector with Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary for Scotland; Brian McFadyen, national co-ordination manager for independent custody visiting with the Scottish Police Authority; Stevie Diamond, chair of Unison police staff Scotland; and Paul Laidlaw, an independent custody visitor from Inverness.

Mr Cowie and Mr Diamond have been here before, but I do not think that Mr McFadyen or Mr Laidlaw have given evidence to a committee before. If you want to respond to a question that has not specifically been directed to you, just indicate to me, and I will call you. Your microphone will come on—you do not need to press anything.

Because of the shortage of time, we will go straight to questions.



Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

It is your report, Mr Cowie, so do you want to address that first?



Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

Does anyone else wish to comment?



Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

What would be an example of a minor issue that you have come across and resolved? I remind you that we are in public session.



Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

Of course.

13:30  

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

Can you provide a breakdown of independent custody visitor numbers in the legacy constabulary areas? You have discussed Grampian and the north-east. It would be useful for committee members, as we all come from different areas, to see the breakdown across the rest of Scotland. Is that possible?



Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

I know that you do not, but could you send the numbers to me as convener, so that the information can go on the Parliament website and committee members can see the numbers in the areas that they represent?



Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

Before you move on, I ask Mr Laidlaw how long he has been doing this.



Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

Why did you decide to do it?



Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

Yes. Mr McFadyen is looking for new recruits. Why did you decide to become an independent custody visitor?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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YesCarried

S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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NoDefeated

Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-11049: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11039: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10896: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10028: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09812: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09590: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09576: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09483: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09418: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09162: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-22841: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02321: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22696: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22431: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02251: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22188: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20702: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03081: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-19276: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/01/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-19277: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/01/2014 Show Full Question >>

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