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Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Roderick Campbell

The introduction of proposals to protect victims of domestic violence is also to be welcomed. Like the proposed action on human trafficking, it is evidence of a Government and a Parliament prioritising the protection of those who need it most.

Jenny Marra and others on the Opposition benches have referred to the spirit of consensus. I hope that the Opposition parties are able to live up to that spirit and co-operate with the Scottish Government wherever possible, but I recognise that some of the bills in the programme for government are controversial, not least among the Conservatives in relation to land reform, on which I welcome the debate.

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Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Roderick Campbell (North East Fife) (SNP)

There is much to be welcomed in the Government’s programme. It contains several bills that are not only of wide national interest but will clearly have a genuine, demonstrable impact on individuals, particularly those who most need help.

I was pleased that the Scottish Parliament pioneered the inaugural annual carers parliament in 2012, and I am glad to see that carers’ needs remain a priority for the Government. Although the vast army of unpaid carers undoubtedly save health and social services a substantial amount of money every year, giving carers a say, on top of financial support and respite care, should be a priority, and I am glad that that will be recognised in legislation.

Like many members in the chamber today, I was fortunate to attend the dinner at Prestonfield House hotel last week. The clear highlight for me was not, I have to say, the two victory speeches from the First Minister, but Gordon Aikman’s speech acknowledging the judges’ award, in which he spoke on behalf of motor neurone disease sufferers and others.

I am glad that the First Minister recognised the issue of social care charging in a meaningful way in her speech yesterday, and I am hopeful that the Parliament can work on the issue together.

I welcome the continuing commitment to widening access to higher education and the increase in funding for the impact for access fund. I represent the University of St Andrews, and I recognise its commitment to widening access, but I also recognise that we still have some considerable way to go in that respect.

On participation, I am pleased that there is consensus on extending the franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds, and I hope that the necessary legislation can be introduced as quickly as possible to enable young people to vote in 2016.

Some legislation in the programme for government will have an impact on those who have no say in the political process but who arguably need our help more than anybody else. I speak, of course, of the proposed human trafficking bill, to which Jenny Marra has just referred.

The introduction of the bill will be a significant step in the right direction, and will require and deserve the full support of members on all sides of the chamber. I commend Jenny Marra on her early involvement in the issue. I recall attending the launch of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on human trafficking in Scotland back in late 2011, when the Labour peer Baroness Kennedy stressed the potential for Scotland to be a leader in tackling human trafficking, so I am pleased that we have got to where we are today.

Last month, along with Jenny Marra and Christina McKelvie, I was fortunate to attend a summit that was held in the Parliament and attended by representatives of prosecuting authorities not only from England and Wales and Northern Ireland but from the Republic of Ireland, which was a first. Collaboration across borders will more effectively help to combat the scourge of human trafficking.

One thing that came out strongly from that summit was the value of the European arrest warrant, so I am pleased that the argument in that respect appears to have been won down south, notwithstanding the best efforts of the Tory right. It is important that the proposed legislation will ensure that victims of trafficking are properly supported through what can be a very stressful judicial system. Accordingly, I welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to enhancing the rights of victims, and I hope that that plays a central part in the bill.

I also welcome the Government’s commitment to tackling another scourge: revenge porn, to which Alex Neil referred.

The year 1964 was a significant one. Just over 50 years ago, The Sun emerged as a newspaper, in its pre-Murdoch phase, from the ashes of the Daily Herald, and a general election took place in October 1964 from which Labour emerged with a small majority, although Teddy Taylor managed to win Glasgow Cathcart for the Tories. A few months before then, the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964 was passed. It remains the definitive piece of legislation on wills and estates in Scotland.

Society in Scotland has changed significantly since then, as the Scottish Law Commission recognised in its report on the 1964 act in 2009. Some of the SLC’s proposals remain significantly controversial. Although I welcome the Government’s commitment to legislate on a number of technical aspects, such as closing a number of jurisdictional gaps and, in particular, clarifying the effect on a will of divorce, dissolution or annulment, or the birth of a child, I hope that before too long we will as a Parliament take forward legislation to bring our succession law up to date and make it fit for purpose in the 21st century.

The proposed fatal accident inquiries bill is also a positive step forward, and I am hopeful that it will implement Lord Cullen’s remaining recommendations and modernise the way in which fatal accident inquiries are held in Scotland. Further, a community justice bill will obviously need careful consideration, building on the need to ensure a balance of outcomes nationally and locally.

An issue that did not feature very heavily in yesterday’s debate but which I believe merits further discussion is the introduction of a Clare’s law. I am certain that many of us will watch the progress of the six-month trial in Ayrshire and Aberdeen with some interest, and I echo Sandra White’s comments that, hopefully, the pilot scheme can lead to something more substantial throughout the rest of the country.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Roderick Campbell

Okay.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Roderick Campbell

Yes, but it does not help us with the definitional aspect of “abandoned or neglected”.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Roderick Campbell

That would not specifically address the point about abandoned or neglected land, per se, as it relates only to ownership.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Roderick Campbell

The Law Society of Scotland draws a parallel with the procedure for compulsory purchase. Can you expand on that point and tell us whether there is any guidance on compulsory purchase that might help us in dealing with the question of abandoned or neglected land?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Roderick Campbell

Can you tell me whether any particular part of Scotland is affected, or should I just go and look at the maps?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Roderick Campbell

My question has largely been answered, but I seek further explanation, although everybody else may know the answer. Could you identify for me the areas where the most nitrogen fertiliser is used? Are there specific geographical areas where it is used more?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Roderick Campbell (North East Fife) (SNP)

Good morning, cabinet secretary. You touched on biodiversity a short while ago. I do not want to labour the point, but are you able to say anything else about biodiversity in the context of the budget?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Roderick Campbell

The minister will be aware that the G20 belatedly included a statement on climate change in its communiqué. He will also be aware that the Prime Minister suggested that everyone has to bring plans to reduce emissions ahead of next year’s international conference on climate change. What involvement will the Scottish Government have in contributing plans for that conference?

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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