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European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik (Glasgow) (Lab)

That is exactly the point that I wanted to make. The digital industry is a favourite subject for both me and Willie Coffey. It is high time that we tried to roll out as much of it out as we can. I am with Willie Coffey on that point; it should certainly be a priority for us.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

Members will recall that we made great efforts to ensure that someone was in place who could help organisations to apply for European funding. I have not yet heard how the approach is progressing. Have organisations been assisted? Have they been successful in bidding for funding? I would like some feedback on that, perhaps at our next meeting.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

Yes. This committee was instrumental in the creation of the post, and it would be interesting to hear about progress.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

I am not sure that she will have the detail, and I do not want to put her in a difficult position.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

I am happy to put her in a difficult position if you want me to do so, but I would rather not.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

Good morning, cabinet secretary. You said a number of very interesting things about human rights and how what is proposed would affect us; you also drew attention to the UK’s diminishing military might.

A big issue is that we do not have a common immigration policy across Europe. How we can be part of a European Union, have free borders—to a degree—and not have the same immigration policy has always been a bone of contention for me. That works against the face of things.

Human rights are affected by people. We have seen boats turned away in the Mediterranean by European countries that may champion the human rights cause but which do not seem to practice those rights. The difference between the UK and some of the other European partners is that the UK honours the human rights policy. An issue for us in the UK is that, because we do not have a common immigration policy, it is very tempting to play around with the human rights legislation. That is dangerous, and it is a slippery slope to go down.

We have seen human rights eroded daily in relation to how we arrest and detain people. We are just making rules on the hoof as we go along and we are infringing people’s human rights. We can do this the right way or we can be like some of our European partners and do it the wrong way by taking action without following the convention that we have all signed up to.

Although it is absolutely right to look at the human rights legislation, where we stand is that, by making representations through our MPs, our views will be represented to the UK Government in the UK Parliament. I agree that we should not dilute our legislation any further—we have diluted it as much as I would want it to be diluted.

However, the world is changing rapidly and there are huge issues to consider, including very serious issues in Kurdistan and between India and Pakistan where, only a couple of days ago, we saw shelling. How people in different countries are affected is important. We are not interpreting human rights and immigration policies in the way that they ought to be interpreted. For example, there are people who are already in Europe who want to come to the UK. If those people are asylum seekers, they should be treated as such—that is what the legislation says—but in reality that does not happen.

As I say, re-examining the legislation is a good thing, but I agree that I would not want it to be diluted; indeed, I want it to be strengthened. What role, if any, will the Scottish Government have in that? That is what I do not understand. Do you believe that you have a role to play in influencing the UK Government, or do we need to get our views represented directly through our MPs?



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

I have a brief follow-up question. We see what is happening in Ukraine, which is part of Europe, and in Turkey, which is also part of Europe. Although Turkey is not in the European Union, it has aspirations to join and has been trying to address some of the human rights issues within its borders.

What is the thrust of your concerns about change? What will change that will be detrimental to the high standards that we hold? We are renowned internationally for being a fair and democratic nation. What is there a danger of losing?



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

There is positive news about air links with Scotland through Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways. Pakistan International Airlines used to operate here too, and the Pakistani community in Glasgow, in particular, is trying to re-establish the link. How can we get the full value from the new links, through trade? Do we have a database of exports—as opposed to tourism—to countries as a result of the links? If we do not have such a database, can we consider how best to use links in that way?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik (Glasgow) (Lab)

I thank Christina McKelvie for bringing the debate to the chamber. There are more than 1.5 million 16 and 17-year-olds in the UK, and they are denied the vote. In the run-up to the referendum, I debated and campaigned with many in that age bracket in Glasgow. They engaged thoughtfully and passionately in the debate, and I believe that the case for giving them the vote in any election is overwhelming.

I believe that 16 and 17-year-olds have sufficient maturity and knowledge to cast a vote if they wish to do so. The law recognises that they are able to make complex decisions and take on a wide range of responsibility, and they show in practice that they make a positive difference.

There is a wide problem of young people disengaging from politics. Putting aside the referendum, recent reports suggest that 30 per cent of young people aged 18 to 25 were not registered to vote in advance of the recent local government and European elections, and there are also people who registered but did not bother to vote.

Action is now long overdue. It is essential that we let 16 and 17-year-olds engage with and participate in our democracy, after having learned the principles of democracy in compulsory citizenship education. One suggested way in which to solve the problem is automatic registration, but it is not for me to make a decision about that; it is just an example.

If young people have the vote, they will be inspired to get involved in our democracy. I believe that that is fundamentally important. Our 16 and 17-year-olds engage in many aspects of our industries and our communities, they engage culturally, they serve in the armed forces and they get married and have families. Those issues are more important than a vote and, if they can participate in them, why should they not have the vote?

We must not make 16 and 17-year-olds wait. It is squandering their energy and passion and their enthusiasm to participate in democracy. As a community and a nation, we suffer because of that.

It is important that our 16 and 17-year-olds are made to realise that we value their ideas and aspirations. If they are not allowed to vote, a section of our community is missing in real terms. Hence, it is important that people who are at school, college and university can see, and therefore believe, that we take their views seriously. They must be allowed to participate in decision making. Importantly, that will encourage them to continue to use their vote throughout their lives, which is important.

If democracy is to survive, we must allow our young people in our schools and colleges to be educated in democracy. That is right, and I think that the time is right for it. I therefore support the right of 16 and 17-year-olds to vote, not only in Scotland but across the UK, and in all elections.

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Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
4. Hanzala Malik (Glasgow) (Lab)

I declare an interest in that I have visited the Kurdistan Regional Government, at the invitation of the ministry of interior.

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to use its international development fund to provide support to the Kurdistan region of Iraq. (S4O-03554)

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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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NoCarried

S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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NoCarried

S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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NoCarried

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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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-11267: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11242: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11238: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11211: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11195: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11185: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11142: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10928: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10747: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10388: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03612: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22756: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03554: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03522: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22556: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22557: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22555: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22554: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03452: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22198: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/07/2014 Show Full Question >>

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