Michael Matheson MSP

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Michael Matheson MSP

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  • Member for: Falkirk West
  • Region: Central Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Michael Matheson

I assure the member that his constituency and the Midlothian area have received a significant financial benefit from the cashback programme. For example, up to 2013-14, more than £790,000 was invested in Midlothian, delivering over 41,000 activities and opportunities for young people. That investment will continue as we continue with phase 3 of the cashback programme. Given the extensive range of different programmes that the member’s constituency has benefited from, I would be more than happy to write to him with their details.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Michael Matheson)

The cashback programme continues to enhance and support communities across Scotland, particularly our young people. Cashback offers young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to be all that they can be. A wide range of projects are supported by the programme and are providing young people, many of whom come from disadvantaged areas, with supported opportunities to develop important life skills through involvement in sport, culture, youth work and youth employability schemes. Cashback will continue to strengthen our communities and provide positive destinations for our young people.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Michael Matheson

At present, no review of the Judicial Complaints Reviewer’s role has been undertaken and there are no plans to consider extending its remit and responsibility.

I recognise John Wilson’s interest in this issue. If he wishes to discuss particular aspects of the issue with me or my ministerial colleagues, we would be more than happy to do that, but none of the points that he raised is being taken forward at the moment.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Michael Matheson)

I met the Lord President on 29 January and the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs met the Lord President on 3 February. A number of matters relating to the judiciary and the business and reform of the courts were discussed.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Michael Matheson

It would not be appropriate for me to pre-empt any claims that may be made against the SPA. It is for individual officers to consider pursuing such matters when they have been provided with appropriate legal advice. We are in regular contact with the staff side organisations, including the superintendents association, on a range of issues that might affect their members. If there are specific issues about the operation of Police Scotland and the way in which it is taking forward the working time arrangements for officers, those should be duly pursued through the Scottish Police Authority, which is responsible for scrutinising and holding Police Scotland to account for its conduct and the way in which it operates the service.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Michael Matheson)

For 2011-12 and 2012-13, any compensation that was paid out was a matter for the police joint boards and unitary authorities. For 2013-14, it was the responsibility of the Scottish Police Authority. The Scottish Police Authority’s head of legal and compliance has authority to settle claims up to the value of £50,000. Claims above £50,000 require the approval of the SPA board for settlement.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Michael Matheson

As I have outlined to Neil Findlay, and as my predecessor outlined to him, we have in place for anyone who believes that they have been subject to a miscarriage of justice a robust mechanism for the issue to be thoroughly investigated. That is done through the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, which we established and which is the most appropriate way for such cases to be taken forward. If the member is aware of any individuals who believe that they have been the subject of a miscarriage of justice, he should let them know that their first port of call should be the commission, to ask it to consider their complaint. The commission will then determine whether the matter should be referred back to the court for consideration. That is the due process; that is how someone who believes that they have been the subject of a miscarriage of justice should have the issue considered.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Michael Matheson)

We have robust procedures in place in our justice system for where potential miscarriages of justice may have occurred. Those should be used in the appropriate way by anyone who considers that they have experienced a miscarriage of justice. It may be helpful to confirm that the Scottish Government has no powers to overturn convictions—only a court is able to do so.

There are no plans to hold an inquiry into the conduct of the police or into individual criminal convictions. That does not prevent an individual from contacting the chief constable of Police Scotland or the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission to ask them to consider complaints.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Michael Matheson

The i6 system will increase the capacity and the technical ability of Police Scotland’s IT system. For example, it will help to improve the way in which data are collected and information is shared with other agencies. At present, as I understand it, the project is on budget and on time and will help to improve the overall capacity of Police Scotland.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Michael Matheson

We need to separate two different things, here. The system that is used for collecting stop-and-search data is separate from the rest of the police system. The stop-and-search system was created specifically to capture those data when the police were requested to do so. However, the rest of the police system, which captures information about offences and everything else, is separate from that stop-and-search system and works very effectively.

As Elaine Murray will be aware, Police Scotland is currently developing the i6 system, which will be rolled out next year to improve the system’s capacity even further. As she will have heard last week, there are some issues to do with loss of data but—as was explained at the time—a significant amount of the data has been recovered.

Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary for Scotland is currently examining the data-collection process and mechanisms that Police Scotland has in place for stop and search; we expect a report to be with us by the end of March.

It is important not to generalise about the IT system that the police use. The loss of data concerned a component part that had been developed for collecting specific information. The rest of the IT system, in which the vast majority of Police Scotland data are collected, was not affected by the problem.

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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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YesCarried

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-12319: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12160.2: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12060: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11999: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11986: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11916: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11915: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11913: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11910: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11850: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S3W-40158: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-40152: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-40160: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-40159: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-40154: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-40157: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-40156: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-40155: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-39739: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/02/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-39064: Michael Matheson, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/01/2011 Show Full Question >>

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