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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Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
6. Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale) (SNP)

To ask the First Minister what resources the Scottish Government has in place to assist service personnel and their families who have been affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. (S4F-02343)



Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
Christine Grahame

Reports this week state that the UK Government is failing to abide by its pledge in its armed forces covenant to give injured British soldiers priority for medical treatment in the years after their service. That comes at a time when Help for Heroes has estimated that 75,000 service personnel could suffer mentally and physically as a result of operations in Afghanistan. What steps is the Scottish Government taking to ensure that our veterans receive the best possible care from our national health service?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Convener (Christine Grahame)

Good morning and welcome to the 26th meeting in 2014 of the Justice Committee. I ask everyone to switch off mobile phones and other electronic devices, as they interfere with broadcasting even when switched to silent. No apologies have been received, and I welcome to the meeting Patrick Harvie, who is the member in charge of the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill.

Before we go on to our business, I should say that, although I am delighted to welcome Patrick Harvie to the meeting, I know that he will agree that Margo MacDonald would have relished coming before the committee to pursue her bill, although I suspect that had Margo been here we would not have got many questions in ourselves. Nevertheless, as I have said, I am very pleased to welcome Patrick Harvie.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Convener

Agenda item 1 is to seek the committee’s agreement to consider in private agenda item 4, which is our work programme. Are we agreed?

Members indicated agreement.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Convener

Agenda item 2 is an evidence-taking session on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill. The Health and Sport Committee, as lead committee, will examine the bill in its entirety; as the secondary committee, we have agreed to focus our scrutiny on the bill’s criminal and civil liability aspects, particularly the legal and practical application of its provisions and human rights issues.

I welcome to the meeting the first of our two panels of witnesses. Professor Alison Britton, convener of the health and medical law committee, and Coral Riddell, head of professional practice, are from the Law Society of Scotland; David Stephenson QC is from the Faculty of Advocates; and Professor Alan Miller is chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission. I believe that Professor Britton would like to make some kind of declaration of interests.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Convener

Thank you for that.

I thank the witnesses for their written submissions—and, my goodness, it took me ages to read the Law Society’s. The faculty’s submission was much shorter and crisper, perhaps because, as someone aptly suggested, time is money to its members. I also thank the commission for its submission.

Because we have those submissions, we can go straight to questions. If members indicate that they want to ask a question, I will put them on my list. Just to show that I am not vengeful, I will put Sandra White first on my list, and then I will call Elaine Murray, Roderick Campbell, Christian Allard and Patrick Harvie. Off we go.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Convener

You see—you get the opportunity to speak first and you are not ready.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Convener

I think that that question is for Ms Riddell.

By the way, I ask the witnesses to indicate to me when they want to answer a question that is not specifically directed at them, and I will then call them. The microphones should come on automatically—you are being broadcast when the wee red light comes on, so do not say anything untoward that you do not want recorded.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Convener

Why should what is being decided be different? A solicitor must do that for contractual matters—they will sign as proxy and make an assessment of capacity. Why should it be any different from entering into an accord just because the decision is about how one ends one’s life? It is a matter of capacity.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Convener

I want to follow up on that. In some ways, it is a will—it is a very important decision—although it might be a rather strange will to make. Either the solicitor can say, “I’m not taking your instruction,” or they can take it, having assessed capacity. I am still not convinced that there is a distinction between capacity when someone is making a will, where the solicitor has to make a judgment and can say no if there is any doubt, and capacity when someone is making a contract about life.

Does Patrick Harvie want to join in on that issue?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11332.2 Jenny Marra: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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S4M-11332.1 Gavin Brown: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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NoDefeated

S4M-11332 Fergus Ewing: Supported Business—That the Parliament recognises the economic and social va
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YesCarried

S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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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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YesCarried

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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YesCarried

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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 S4F-02343: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
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 >>

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