Graeme Pearson MSP

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Graeme Pearson MSP

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  • Member for: South Scotland
  • Party: Scottish Labour

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Meeting of the Parliament 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Graeme Pearson

I agree completely. I merely remember that in a previous life I was responsible for creating documents that thousands of people had to refer to in undertaking their duties. When those documents were typewritten, any amendments to individual pages resulted in a complete reassessment of every page thereafter to ensure accuracy. As the member suggested, once the electronic age came along, any changes were brought to the author’s attention electronically and one could see whether any amendments had been made to a document, who made them, at what time and on what date. That is enormously valuable to those who might sign off a document, who know that its authenticity can be relied on.

I am grateful to the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee for the work that it has done on the bill. It is a novel piece of work that shows that the Parliament’s system can operate and can deliver a number of practical outcomes that the public will overlook but will no doubt find valuable in times ahead.

I had to access civil law recently, and it took six months to process the paperwork and transact a piece of business in a relatively innocuous set of circumstances. If that time and frustration can be avoided by the use of electronic communication, that only speaks well for the law and for the way in which business can be transacted in Scotland in the 21st century.

The proposal in the bill will make Scots law more attractive to its users. It simplifies what has until now been a relatively complex process in terms of the handling of paper, never mind the content of the paper. One might say that it introduces an element of the 21st century into our Scots civil law process.

There might be some lessons to be learned on the criminal justice side. A similar process pertains to the handling and signature of warrants. The time that it takes to obtain warrants for search, arrest or the interception of communications is an issue across Scotland. I would like to think that those on the criminal side will look at what has happened to see what lessons can be learned.

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee has provided a valuable service. It has modernised Scots law to some extent and has made it more relevant. We should acknowledge the Scottish Law Commission’s role in producing legislation whose time has obviously come, in that it has passed so easily through the Parliament, with due scrutiny and examination.

Miss Goldie made a very important point about reviewing the operation of this new practice, particularly in relation to the threat of fraud or incompetent handling. That review will tell us whether, regardless of the ease with which the bill is being passed, the bill is effective and efficient in its outcome. One hopes that the electronic transfer of signatures will be deemed to be a door opening to Scots law becoming attractive internationally and that, in due course, people will wonder what all the fuss was about.

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Meeting of the Parliament 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Graeme Pearson

I am grateful to Nigel Don for that observation. It gives me comfort to know that I have made a point in the chamber that someone found relevant.

A point was made about whether our modern approach to signing documents in an electronic form adds complication and difficulty to knowing how the documents have been compiled. In that context, I observe that such difficulties perhaps pertain to the generation to which one belongs. There is no doubt that our younger generation of legal minds might well find it far easier to collect material electronically and do so correctly and accurately than to collate paper in the way that we have done throughout our working lives.



Meeting of the Parliament 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Graeme Pearson (South Scotland) (Lab)

As someone who is not a member of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee, I am grateful for the opportunity to wind up the debate on Scottish Labour’s behalf. I am sure that there will be those in the public gallery and watching us on television who are in awe at Annabel Goldie’s obvious excitement about and gushing enthusiasm for analysing the detail of the bill, which is mirrored by Fergus Ewing’s obvious delight in introducing the details of the bill in the Parliament today. I am wide-eyed at Nigel Don’s description of our debate as arriving at a very interesting conclusion.

However, to put aside those observations, although the issue that we are dealing with is in truth not the most pressing issue for the Scottish public, the details of what we discuss in relation to the bill will be critical to members of the public at key times in their lives.



Meeting of the Parliament 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Graeme Pearson (South Scotland) (Lab)

I presume that Miss Goldie would acknowledge that the public will expect the Faculty of Advocates, as professionals, to give a high level of attention to the need to administer documents thoroughly in order to ensure that the kind of difficulties to which Miss Goldie alluded will be prevented on as many occasions as possible.



Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Graeme Pearson

Concerns have been raised recently about the capacity for looked-after children, particularly in respect of vacant beds when they are required. There are indications that requests have been made outside Scotland because of a lack of vacancies. Will the minister review the situation to ensure that we have sufficient accommodation?



Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
1. Graeme Pearson (South Scotland) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government how many vacant beds there are in secure units for looked-after children. (S4O-03941)



Meeting of the Parliament 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Graeme Pearson (South Scotland) (Lab)

I welcome the proposals, particularly for tenancy apprenticeships and the new vehicles to enable tenants to take on a greater share of fixed equipment and so on.

The review examined the elements that make it extremely difficult for tenant farmers to access financial support from banks and other sources in pursuit of development plans, as well as the additional challenge facing tenant farmers in relation to their own often substantial investments. Can the minister provide any further detail about what steps he thinks the Government might take in the future to deal with those specific issues, and to what timescales?



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Graeme Pearson

I am grateful for that reply.

In the third quarter of 2014, refined petroleum chemicals and pharmaceuticals fell by 2 per cent. Since then the price of oil has fallen significantly. Although I appreciate the efforts that have been described this morning, is the Government considering any other actions to help people in that vital industry?



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
2. Graeme Pearson (South Scotland) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in setting up the energy jobs task force. (S4O-03932)



Meeting of the Parliament 08 January 2015 : Thursday, January 08, 2015
Graeme Pearson

I am afraid that the minister missed the point that I was making about the procurement process. The reality is that many contracts are won by companies from outwith Scotland that use UK or EU support to win the contracts. Contracts are often won by companies that are ill-supported to deliver on those contracts, usually because they offered the lowest price. As a result, they leave behind work that has not been completed to sufficient quality and which ends up being fixed by legitimate, competent and professional local companies, which are left to do difficult work at no profit, when they should have been given the opportunity to win the contract in the first place.

I hope that the minister will assure us that he will give some thought to the procurement process, in order that our local companies, apprentices and communities can benefit from such contracts.

Finally, the Government must give thought to the need for capital support for trade throughout Scotland and Europe. It should give serious consideration to establishing a resilience fund for the future.

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Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12423.1 Alex Rowley: Commission on Local Tax Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-12423 in the n
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S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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YesCarried

S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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Not VotedCarried

S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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S4M-12395 Murdo Fraser: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the l
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S4M-12385.3 Alasdair Allan: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to motion S4M-12385 i
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S4M-12382.3 Mary Fee: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion S4
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S4M-12382.1 Gavin Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion
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S4M-12382.2 Willie Rennie: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to moti
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Motion S4M-12099: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11789.1: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11567.1: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11114: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10377: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10278.1: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09583: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09557.1: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09525: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09133: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-04091: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24555: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24472: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03941: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03932: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23676: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23677: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03834: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02386: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03681: Graeme Pearson, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>

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