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Deputy Convener of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit

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Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
John Pentland

Will you comment on the prison monitoring advisory group’s constitution and clarify the process for appointments to the group?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
John Pentland

Do you have any comments on the concerns that previous witnesses raised about the independence of the IPMs?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
John Pentland (Motherwell and Wishaw) (Lab)

Previous witnesses raised concerns about the independence of the independent prison monitors. Are you satisfied that the revised draft order is fully compliant with the requirements of OPCAT?



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
John Pentland

Is the cabinet secretary aware that, in addition to the fragile situation with Lanarkshire’s accident and emergency departments—NHS board continuity planning means closing one of them—our out-of-hours general practice service has been reduced from five centres to three, two and, on several occasions, one centre, staffed by one general practitioner and four nurse practitioners? That is for the whole of Lanarkshire, and it is even before the Christmas holidays are taken into account. What is the Government going to do to address the shortage of on-call GPs, which adds to the pressure that A and E departments are under?



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
4. John Pentland (Motherwell and Wishaw) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what support it gives to NHS Lanarkshire with recruiting medical staff for emergency and general medicine services. (S4O-03814)



Meeting of the Parliament 04 December 2014 : Thursday, December 04, 2014
John Pentland (Motherwell and Wishaw) (Lab)

It does not seem long since I last spoke in the chamber about human rights. However, the issue is important and deserves its second outing in a month, especially as we now have a new Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights who might be less keen on excluding Scotland and withholding funding from the UK Supreme Court. I am still not sure why the previous Cabinet Secretary for Justice thought that it was a good idea to bar Scottish people from using that channel to protect their human rights. Who knows where that would have led?

Of course, the previous Cabinet Secretary for Justice was not the only one to propose tinkering with our human rights. The Tories have launched an offensive on human rights, which is rooted in their distrust of all things European, such as the European Court of Human Rights, which they accuse of mission creep.

The Tories also blame Labour for extending human rights. I am happy to help shoulder such blame but, as I referred to Labour’s proud record in the previous debate, we can take it as read and I will spare members the details this time. Suffice it to say that I fully support our continued membership of the ECHR. Although the Scotland Act 1998 prevents the repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 in Scotland, I oppose any attempt to undermine it in the UK and, indeed, any attempt to undermine human rights anywhere.

The focus of the debate is the Scottish national action plan for human rights, which is also known by its snappier title, SNAP. It will be one year old on 10 December, which is human rights day. Indeed, it is something of a season for human rights, with the 16 days of action against violence against women that is the subject of the next debate and, only two days ago, the international day for the abolition of slavery. Human trafficking is propagating modern slavery in Scotland. We need legislation to tackle that and I look forward to the Government’s proposed bill, which was promised as a response to Jenny Marra’s member’s bill proposal.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission and SNAP’s leadership panel are to be congratulated on the development of the plan and the progress that they have made with it, as are the other organisations that have been involved with its forums and action groups.

There is no shortage of challenges in human rights and equalities. For example, as the Scottish Human Rights Commission highlighted in its briefing:

“There is a recognised need for existing resources to be directed towards delivering the commitments made in SNAP”.

The challenges are far reaching. That is reflected by the five action groups that are tackling the SNAP commitments to build a better human rights culture, to improve social, economic, health and justice outcomes and to fulfil our international obligations. I hope that the Scottish Government will take on board the ideas that they have contributed and the issues that they have highlighted and that those will lead to further guidance, policy or legislation as appropriate.

The question of SNAP’s future status remains. I would welcome clarification from the Scottish Government of how it plans to consolidate the work of SNAP and ensure its continuation.

15:04  

Meeting of the Parliament 03 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 03, 2014
John Pentland (Motherwell and Wishaw) (Lab)

If the cabinet secretary believes that we are making progress, does she share my concern about the current plans to close accident and emergency departments in Lanarkshire and agree that we need urgent action to address staff shortages and a full independent review of future plans to address the many issues that affect health provision in Lanarkshire?



Justice Committee 02 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 02, 2014
John Pentland

Does that create a conflict? If someone is being paid to do something, they might tend to provide a report that suits the payment.



Justice Committee 02 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 02, 2014
John Pentland

—but we will get there. There seem to be some concerns about whether the Government’s proposals are compliant with OPCAT. Are they?

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Justice Committee 02 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 02, 2014
John Pentland (Motherwell and Wishaw) (Lab)

Good morning, panel. The Scottish Government has stated that it is committed to reforming the system for the independent monitoring of prisons, to meet its obligations under the optional protocol to the UN convention against torture—to save time we will call that OPCAT. The report is full of acronyms, which I find quite difficult to get my head round—

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S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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Motion S4M-11903: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11612: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11542: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11454: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11408: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11387: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03814: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23142: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4W-22420: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4O-03453: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
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