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Justice Committee 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

Good morning, cabinet secretary. I want to consider post-release rehabilitation programmes. I was involved with the save Peterhead campaign, so I travelled up to Peterhead and met lots of people who were involved in the programmes at the prison whose success rate drew world attention. I believe that that success continues to this day. Prisoners with sentences of more than four years who volunteered to participate in the programmes did so because they were serious sex offenders who felt that their behaviour needed to be addressed or because they were lining up to benefit from the Parole Board’s appreciation that they were doing something positive. However, no matter whether they were doing the programmes for the right reasons or to get out early, it was concluded that prisoners in both categories got a lot of benefit from the programmes. Apparently, the outcomes were no different for the two categories.

We heard in our first stage 1 evidence-taking session on the bill that, if we do away with early release, it follows that, as night follows day, there will be more people who could benefit from rehabilitation programmes in the prison setting. However, two issues came up in the evidence. First, because resources are a bit squeezed at present, some prisoners who have volunteered for programmes are not benefiting from them. Secondly, because there will be higher numbers of prisoners in the programmes, resources might be further squeezed.

If what the bill proposes goes ahead, more people will have longer terms in prison, and there is an opportunity for them to engage in very positive programmes. Can you assure the committee that there will be sufficient resources for that engagement?



Justice Committee 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Gil Paterson

Lots of women’s groups that look after women and children who have experienced serious sexual attacks were in the vanguard of the save Peterhead campaign—of course, Peterhead prison was eventually saved—because of the programmes at Peterhead. Are you comfortable with assuring the committee and women’s groups that the Prison Service can handle the greater numbers who will take part in rehabilitation programmes, and that that will increase the number of prisoners who will change their behaviour?

I listened carefully to what the Scottish Prison Service had to say, and it was reassuring. As you said, the SPS will do the job as best it can, but I am very concerned that we use the opportunity of ending automatic early release to tackle those who do not participate in programmes but who would benefit from them. There might be a resource issue, and I would be grateful if you could look at the matter to reassure yourself, me and the committee that there will be enough resources.



Justice Committee 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Gil Paterson

I am grateful for that. Thank you.



Justice Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

Convener, my questions were about the area of rehabilitation programmes in prisons that Roderick Campbell asked about. As far as I am concerned, the matter has been adequately covered.



Justice Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Gil Paterson

I return to questions relating to the rights of communities living around prisons. Before you action the setting up of the 10,000-point perimeter check, would the public be the priority, or would security and governance be the priority?



Justice Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Gil Paterson

My next question is about what right an individual has in the process. If this was approved and the scheme was in operation, could an individual make a complaint, have it investigated and get the phone brought back into use? Do people have a right to do that? Is that implicit?



Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

Thank you. I have no relevant interests.



Meeting of the Parliament 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

I am sure that the cabinet secretary is aware of the traumatic and tragic incident at Clydebank police station last week. Does he agree that people in the emergency services, particularly the police, are sometimes thought to have a suit of steel around their emotions, although, in fact, under the uniform is a mere human being who is to be commended for their professional conduct and attitude? I hope that all members will want to let them know that they have our full support in those circumstances and that, more important, they will get personal support, as well, should they need it.



Justice Committee 13 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

I am particularly interested in addressing the behaviour of sex offenders, in which I have a personal interest. I wonder about early release and people addressing their offending. For instance, I know that there was a particularly good scheme in Peterhead, but it relied on people volunteering, of course. I suspect that some of those people volunteered to play up to the Parole Board for Scotland, although the indicators suggested that the scheme was very successful.

If early release stopped, what impact would that have? Would it be a good thing, in that there would perhaps be more time for people to reflect and understand that they would be in prison for longer if they did not participate and get working on things? Would it be a good thing for the two reasons that I have mentioned—the good reason and just to get out of the place—or is there a downside? I know that there may be some downsides. What are your feelings about that?



Justice Committee 13 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Gil Paterson

So perhaps there is a resource question in that.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12154.1 Lewis Macdonald: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) – Supporting Indivi
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NoDefeated

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
AbstainCarried

S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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NoDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-11814: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11746: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11421: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11383: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11064: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11043: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10838: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10731: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10683: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10630: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-24005: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03854: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03759: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03658: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22722: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03597: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03551: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03487: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03304: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03292: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/05/2014 Show Full Question >>

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