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Meeting of the Parliament 04 March 2015 : Wednesday, March 04, 2015
John Finnie (Highlands and Islands) (Ind)

That is the second time Christine Grahame has mentioned low levels of public awareness. There is also the question of public perception. Does she agree that that can best be addressed by having the fullest debate further down the road, as per the Lib Dem motion?



Justice Committee 03 March 2015 : Tuesday, March 03, 2015
John Finnie

I want to say what a disappointing state of affairs it is that we have moved to the new scheme. I know that there are interim arrangements, and I know that it is outwith the control of this Parliament, but that is worth saying.



Justice Committee 03 March 2015 : Tuesday, March 03, 2015
John Finnie

Thank you very much.



Justice Committee 03 March 2015 : Tuesday, March 03, 2015
John Finnie

I welcome your acknowledgement of the cold release aspect and your encouragement of greater use of non-custodial disposals, noting the resource that is tied up and the shift that can take place.

You have mentioned the independent commission on prisons on a number of occasions. As a number of colleagues have said, various issues overlap here. I note what you have said about awaiting receipt of the stage 1 report before formulating amendments. Would it be possible to get a copy of where things stand for the Scottish Government with regard to each of the proposals of the independent commission on prisons, just to see where that sits in relation to everything else?



Justice Committee 03 March 2015 : Tuesday, March 03, 2015
John Finnie

Yes.



Justice Committee 03 March 2015 : Tuesday, March 03, 2015
John Finnie

I imagine that Mr Gaul was trying to respond to my question.



Justice Committee 03 March 2015 : Tuesday, March 03, 2015
John Finnie

We have heard about the hierarchy of interests with regard to immigration authorities and criminal justice authorities, and I certainly favour the rights-based approach for individuals that Chloe Swift has articulated.

I have a specific question for Graham O’Neill and Christopher Gaul. The Scottish Refugee Council submission talks about some of the powers that might come out of the work of the Smith commission, including significantly

“the right to grant trafficking survivors temporary leave to remain for specified purposes”.

Will the bill remove some of the tensions between the different layers of interest? To what extent will the additional powers for Scottish ministers help? Everyone acknowledges that this is an international issue that requires co-operation. Will you comment on the proposal?



Justice Committee 03 March 2015 : Tuesday, March 03, 2015
John Finnie (Highlands and Islands) (Ind)

I am a Highlands and Islands MSP.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
John Finnie (Highlands and Islands) (Ind)

In many people’s eyes—including mine—the misuse of drugs legislation represents 45 years of failure. We must engage with people and give them an understanding of what we are talking about. In the meantime, the term “legal highs” continues to be used. Like the minister, I commend the work of Crew. Does the minister agree that education should be the primary vehicle for addressing the concerns that we all have?



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
John Finnie

The cabinet secretary will be familiar with the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents resilience survey last year, which showed that 87 per cent of superintendents acknowledged that they were in breach of the working time regulations. Those are the most senior front-line individuals, who make important decisions about public safety. Can the cabinet secretary reassure me that there are sufficient funds to address the inevitable claims that will come as a result of decisions being made by people in senior positions who have been overcome by sleep? Alternatively, and ideally, can he ensure that the working time regulations are applied and enforced by Police Scotland as they should be?

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S4M-12495 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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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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S4M-12492.2 Jamie Hepburn: Mental Health—As an amendment to motion S4M-12492 in the name of Jim Hume
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S4M-12492 Jim Hume: Mental Health—That the Parliament notes that one in four people will experience
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Amendment 2 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 3 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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