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Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014
John Finnie (Highlands and Islands) (Ind) I had a series of questions for Mr Austin, but Margaret Mitchell covered them. However, I want to clarify a few things to do with costs with you, Mr Austin. You mentioned the McGinty case. The written submission from Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Environmental Law Centre Scotland states:

Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014
John Finnie Is there any aspect of the bill that could be altered in order to make the bill more compliant?



Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014
John Finnie The Aarhus convention has featured in a lot of the legislation that we have had cause to examine. Do you believe that there is a commitment from the Scottish Government to seek compliance with the convention?



Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014
John Finnie I am talking about the Scottish Government.



Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014
John Finnie Given the review that we are looking at and the suggestion about greater specialisms, is there an opportunity to set up an environmental court on the back of the legislation?



Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014
John Finnie Thank you.



Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014
John Finnie I have some questions for Mr McQueen. The explanatory notes say that the reforms are intended

“to modernise and enhance the efficiency”

of the system. The financial memorandum states at paragraph 39:

“The SCS has estimated ... a potential saving of £163 for every day...

Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014
John Finnie I suspect that, in response to this question, you will tell me that this is not quite your area. The Scottish Government has a policy of no compulsory redundancies. Are you aware of any plans for early packages or encouragement for sheriffs to leave?



Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014
John Finnie Good.



Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014
John Finnie Okay. It does no harm to have that on the record.

The financial memorandum says:

“There may be further costs in future dependent on how the future deployment of shrieval resources is determined.”

In relation to honorary sheriffs, the financial memorandum tells us:
Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-09557.2 Kenny MacAskill: Stop and Search—As an amendment to motion S4M-09557 in the name of Alis
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NoCarried

S4M-09557 Alison McInnes: Stop and Search—That the Parliament notes that stop and search is an opera
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Not VotedCarried

S4M-09558.2 Michael Matheson: Improving Scotland’s Mental Health—As an amendment to motion S4M-09558
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YesCarried

S4M-09558.1 Richard Simpson: Improving Scotland’s Mental Health—As an amendment to motion S4M-09558
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NoDefeated

S4M-09558 Jim Hume: Improving Scotland’s Mental Health—That the Parliament notes that one in four ad
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YesCarried

S4M-09547.1 Jackson Carlaw: Scotland, A Good Global Citizen—As an amendment to motion S4M-09547 in t
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NoDefeated

S4M-09482.1 Jackie Baillie: Child Poverty—As an amendment to motion S4M-09482 in the name of Margare
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NoDefeated

S4M-09482.3 Liz Smith: Child Poverty—As an amendment to motion S4M-09482 in the name of Margaret Bur
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NoDefeated

S4M-09482.2 Liam McArthur: Child Poverty—As an amendment to motion S4M-09482 in the name of Margaret
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NoDefeated

S4M-09482 Margaret Burgess: Child Poverty—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s rev
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-09635: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 04/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09356: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 14/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09326: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 12/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09215: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 03/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09171: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 26/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09123: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 21/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08925: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 03/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08908: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 30/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08736: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 09/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-20639: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 03/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4W-20355: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 26/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20357: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 26/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20359: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 26/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20356: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 26/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
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