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Justice Committee 03 March 2015 : Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Gil Paterson

I am a great supporter of various programmes. I was vice-convener of the cross-party group in the Scottish Parliament on men’s violence against women and children, which looked at world-renowned work that was being done in Peterhead. I anticipate that there are people who are serving sentences for serious sexual offences who may well want to participate in programmes such as the one at Peterhead.

The SPS says that it will be able to cope with whatever is decided, but perhaps that is civil-service speak. Nevertheless, more people might volunteer—the Peterhead programme was voluntary. The right reason for people to volunteer is to address their behaviour, but even if they volunteer for the wrong reasons such programmes are so successful that people benefit from them. Can you assure me that resources will be available in those circumstances? Are you assured of that yourself? Like night follows day, there will be an increase in numbers. It might be minimal, but the Peterhead programme was a good programme and I would not like to see more people volunteer for such programmes but not be able to benefit from them.



Justice Committee 03 March 2015 : Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Gil Paterson

Cabinet secretary, one of the main criticisms of the bill concerns whether the Scottish Prison Service has the resources to cope with a situation in which more individuals require supervision and whether, if more resources are needed, they will be put in place.



Justice Committee 03 March 2015 : Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Gil Paterson

Yes. I particularly apologise to TARA, which looked after us so well when we visited it in Glasgow.

My question—I hope that it was not asked before I arrived—is about the UK commissioner. The matter seems to be reserved. What are people’s opinions on that in the context of the bill?



Justice Committee 03 March 2015 : Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

I apologise to everyone for being late. What we are discussing is very important, but the Public Petitions Committee was discussing a petition on a hospice in my constituency and the petitioners needed my help. I do not know whether I gave them any help, right enough, but that is where I was.



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gil Paterson

A point was made about the committee reacting to the Government and the letter. Of course we need to do that, but we also need to react to what we hear in evidence from the panels that come before us, and my recollection is that we have concentrated pretty well on cold release. It seems to me that the Government’s letter proposes that cold release does not happen. I would like to hear some comments on that. Have I got it wrong? Is that not what we have been told by the cabinet secretary?



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gil Paterson

In general, is crime in the countryside sporadic or persistent? I raise that because I live in the countryside and, since I have been living there—that is coming on for 17 years—there have been incidents in which high-end cars have been targeted. That does not happen all the time; it happens about once every four years. Thieves come and target a car to steal it. I do not know of a single car that has been brought back. They might come and steal three cars. How difficult is that to detect? I have not heard of a single car being returned. I have to say that that relates to households in the countryside.



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gil Paterson

Just for the record, I come from the automotive industry and I know that almost every part of a car or a truck has a serial number. I would be surprised if the same did not apply to tractors. I imagine that they are manufactured in a similar way and that their parts would have a serial number on them, rather than a brand name, that would tell us where and when they were manufactured.

A couple of earlier comments referred to CCTV. How extensively is that used on farms? In an urban setting, if somebody had half a million quid’s worth of equipment lying about outside, I am sure that they would have some kind of protection for that and that it would not be kept in the equivalent of an unlocked barn. It seems to me that CCTV could prevent equipment from being lifted from farms. Maybe Mr Malone has information on how extensively CCTV is used on farms.



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gil Paterson

I do not want to get into trouble. I am the MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie.



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

Is it me next?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Gil Paterson

Thank you very much, Presiding Officer.

Jenny Marra should not bother talking to me. She should talk to the BBC, who will put out her mince, whether it has been cooked or not.

When we came to power there was a shortage of dentists in some parts of Scotland—in some locations it was best described as chronic. We brought in an additional 430 dentists. We have increased the number of general practitioners by 7 per cent and reduced the number of service managers by 29 per cent. We are making a difference where it really counts, exceeding the target set in that regard for April this year. Funding is in place to ensure that 500 new health visitor posts will be created in the NHS in Scotland over the next four years. The list goes on and on.

The Labour Party is in the business of talking down the NHS. It claims disaster after disaster in order to paint in the minds of the people of Scotland a false picture of the NHS. It is prepared to do down our health service relentlessly, just to attack the SNP, which is hardly what I would call protecting Scotland’s communities. It is more about protecting Labour Party seats. The health service is expendable for Jim Murphy and the Labour Party. How could it be otherwise, even though all the indicators are that we need to be consistent on the challenges that we face? Labour is trying to take down the SNP by talking down the NHS in Scotland. Labour should be completely ashamed of itself because of how it has used its motion today, and how it has handled itself in the past few days. It is a disgrace.

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S4M-12521.2 Jackie Baillie: Protecting Public Services and Boosting Scotland’s Economy—As an amendme
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S4M-12521.1 Gavin Brown: Protecting Public Services and Boosting Scotland’s Economy—As an amendment
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S4M-12521.3 Willie Rennie: Protecting Public Services and Boosting Scotland’s Economy—As an amendmen
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S4M-12521 John Swinney: Protecting Public Services and Boosting Scotland’s Economy—That the Parliame
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YesCarried

S4M-12495 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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YesCarried

S4M-12491.2 John Swinney: Privacy and the State—As an amendment to motion S4M-12491 in the name of W
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S4M-12491.1 Richard Simpson: Privacy and the State—As an amendment to motion S4M-12491 in the name o
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S4M-12491 Willie Rennie: Privacy and the State—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s c
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YesCarried

S4M-12492.2 Jamie Hepburn: Mental Health—As an amendment to motion S4M-12492 in the name of Jim Hume
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YesCarried

S4M-12492 Jim Hume: Mental Health—That the Parliament notes that one in four people will experience
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-12216: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
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 >>
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Question S4W-24743: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/03/2015 Show Full Question >>
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 >>

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