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Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
Roderick Campbell (North East Fife) (SNP)

What is the Scottish Government’s current view on the issue of stricter or presumed liability in relation to injuries to cyclists?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Roderick Campbell (North East Fife) (SNP)

Minister, you touched on incentives for the private sector. In a time of financial constraint, how far can you think outside the box, to encourage production without straining the budget?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Roderick Campbell

In oral evidence to the committee on 5 November, Ms O’Hara referred to the role of large local nurseries and said that there were stricter plant controls and enforcement. Where does that feature in the budget?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Roderick Campbell

Minister, can you update us on where we are with domestic climate justice, how much it has impacted on the budget and what the future holds for the issue?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Roderick Campbell

Thank you.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Roderick Campbell

I take it from that that it is a work in progress. I have just one small point of clarification: what is your view on whether the words “wholly or mainly” simply apply to abandoned land or also apply to neglected land?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Roderick Campbell

I can see that some lawyers might argue the contrary. That is why clarity on the point would be helpful.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Roderick Campbell (North East Fife) (SNP)

It has been suggested by some experts that the outbreak in Yorkshire originated among migratory birds. Does the cabinet secretary agree? If so, should the public at large be looking for signs among the wild bird population that has migrated here for the winter?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Roderick Campbell (North East Fife) (SNP)

The drink-driving limit is an important subject, and no more so than at this time of year. As has been well discussed today, the consequences of drink driving can be traumatic not only for individuals who are involved in accidents, but for those who are left behind. As the cabinet secretary said, social attitudes change. Just as, as a society, we know that people taking on board the dire effects of smoking led to a change in public attitudes, I believe that the overwhelming majority of the public share the views of those who participated in the Government’s consultation on drink driving. Drink driving not only causes trauma and costs lives, but impacts on an already stretched health service. Therefore, as other members have done, I welcome the proposals.

We have heard a lot today about the morning after. I agree with members who said that it should be a key theme of public education campaigns, especially at this time of year. Chief Superintendent Murray said in evidence to the Justice Committee that 10 per cent of detections in last winter’s drink-driving campaign were made after 6 o’clock in the morning. We also heard good evidence from Dr Rice. I particularly liked his straightforward comment that

“whatever magical properties people endow Irn Bru, bacon rolls or square sausage with, that is all they are. Basically, time is the only thing that clears alcohol from your system”.—[Official Report, Justice Committee, 28 October 2014; c 43.]

We all need to apply common sense. Someone who is out at an office party until 1 in the morning should not assume that they will be fit to drive or function by breakfast time. As others have said, they should use public transport or—better still—walk.

I welcome the general thrust of the regulations. Scotland needs to be in the mainstream of Europe. Only Malta and England and Wales seem likely to stick with the 80mg limit, and I note with interest the new 20mg limit in Northern Ireland for learner and novice drivers. To be frank, I am baffled about why the UK Government can agree to that provision in Northern Ireland but will not allow the Scottish Government and Parliament even to consider the prospect.

The Justice Committee did, of course, discuss that issue in its evidence-taking session. Chief Superintendent Murray expressed the view that to increase the limit for younger drivers from 20mg to 50mg, perhaps after they have held a licence for two years, would send out the wrong message, whereas Dr Rice suggested that the BMA would favour such an approach. The evidence on the issue is finely balanced.

Margaret Dekker of Scotland’s Campaign against Irresponsible Drivers suggests that there should be a lower limit for professional drivers such as taxi drivers, school bus drivers and anyone who drives in a care capacity. Hanzala Malik referred to that. The idea has much to commend it, although it was rejected by the North review. I agree with that review, however, on the need to review after five years the impact of a new prescribed limit in relation to young and novice drivers and, at that point, to consider again a reduction to 20mg for such drivers if the evidence suggests that the anticipated reduction in casualty figures for them has not materialised.

As the Cabinet Secretary for Justice indicated in evidence to the Justice Committee, Scotland does not at present have powers over random breath testing, even if the police would like us to have them. As has already been made clear today, whatever the merits of an approach to disqualification that would allows courts not to automatically disqualify drivers who are convicted of driving with levels of between 50mg and 80mg—or for that matter between 20mg and 50mg—this Parliament does not currently have those powers. At the risk of being accused of raising the constitutional issue again, I note that the distinction between limits and penalties is something that the public will find increasingly difficult to understand. It is increasingly difficult to accept that we should be in charge of one but not the other.

I welcome the proposals and I hope that the public education campaign will be a success and that we can look forward to a reduction in road casualties this Christmas. That would be a Christmas worth having.



European and External Relations Committee 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Roderick Campbell (North East Fife) (SNP)

I will go back to the discussion about the European strategy budget, which has increased substantially over the past couple of years. You explained some of the reasoning behind that. I recall discussions last year about secondment of staff to European institutions. How much of the budget is spent on secondment of staff?

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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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