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

It will not have escaped the attention of anybody in the chamber that an historic vote took place on 18 September. That vote—the first of its kind that has taken place—had the ability to lay a marker down in history. It was an opportunity to reject a centuries-old system that some believed was outdated and unrepresentative. The vote had a very high turnout, of approximately 85 per cent.

I can see one Opposition member thinking, “What’s this about?” I speak, of course, of the ballot that took place of the members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews over whether to allow female membership. I am certain that we all welcome the decision by the R&A to allow female members at last, with some 85 per cent of members in favour. I hope that the days of the so-called old boys clubs will soon be nothing more than a distant memory.

However, that was only one of the momentous occasions in Scottish sport this year. I am aware that I have only seven minutes in which to speak, and I do not want to fill all that time reflecting on the glorious sporting achievements of our sportsmen and women in the past 12 months, although I very easily could. I am certain that everybody who speaks in the debate could devote their time to listing all the sterling achievements of Scotland’s athletes and still there would be one dedicated, hard-working professional athlete missed out or one achievement overlooked. However, I think that we can all agree that all our athletes across all sports deserve our thanks and praise for their performances in 2014, including even our national football team, which has undergone something of a renaissance under Gordon Strachan.

I think that we can all agree that 2014 was an outstanding year of Scottish sport. Indeed, it is almost a cliché to say that we are running out of clichés to describe how exciting were the two biggest sporting events to occur in Scotland in recent years: the Commonwealth games and the Ryder cup. The Ryder cup saw some of the world’s most famous golfers descend on Gleneagles for what was by all accounts an exceptionally well-organised and well-run event. There was even a Scottish golfer—Stephen Gallacher—in the European team, who did the country proud over the Ryder cup weekend in contributing to what was recognised as an excellent team effort, which was led by the captain, Irishman Paul McGinley.

The Commonwealth games produced a brand-new list of heroes who will adorn posters on bedroom walls throughout the country for aspiring children who hope to emulate their achievements. If the photo book of the games that I think was delivered to all MSPs’ offices earlier in the week is anything to go by, there are certainly some inspirational images for our young people to look up to. Team Scotland had its most successful games ever, and I hope that sport in Scotland will soon reap the rewards—some places in the country have already done so.

Areas across Scotland have benefited from the Commonwealth games either directly by being able to host an event or indirectly by receiving funding to improve sporting facilities in their communities. For example, in North East Fife, Cupar skate park will soon be up and running, courtesy of a cash injection from the 2014 legacy fund, and several schools and clubs have received funding to improve sporting experiences for children and young people. Another £500,000 of 2014 legacy funding was recently announced, which I am sure will be put to excellent use in the communities that are fortunate enough to receive a share of it.

My genuine hope is that the sporting achievements that we have witnessed from our athletes can be a positive example to our young people. We could all stand here today and sing the praises of those who have achieved so much this year. They rightly deserve our praise for their successes and for entertaining us so well. Their dedication to their sport is unquestionable and their resolve to be the best in their chosen field is undeniable.

However, it is no good simply admiring our current sporting idols; we must look to improve on the current crop of star athletes, and the only way to do so is to look at grass-roots sport. Local sports clubs, whose members devote their time, money, blood, sweat and tears to providing sporting opportunities for local youngsters, truly deserve our admiration. Our sporting stars of tomorrow are born and nurtured in groups such as Fife Floorball Club, which this week helped to raise money with the Kirkcaldy and District lions club for Rachel House children’s hospice and which attracts more than 30 children to its weekly training sessions, and in clubs such as the Howe of Fife Rugby Football Club in my constituency, which offers rugby classes to hundreds of local children every week and which this year saw two of its alumni run out at Murrayfield for the Scottish national team.

Those of us who played rugby in the past will perhaps look enviously at the facilities and opportunities that are now available. Nothing can ever prevent the Scottish climate from taking a turn for the worse, but improved facilities, better pitches and the availability of more equipment for local clubs are all vital components for providing a more enjoyable experience for our young people. I hope that that will also encourage them to carry on with sport as they grow older. It is fair to say, however, that more can be done to provide even more sporting opportunities for our young people.

I will close by considering the work that the Scottish Government has carried out to ensure that Scotland’s outstanding year of sport in 2014 can be replicated in future years. I have spoken about the 2014 legacy funding, which has benefited many clubs and societies in North East Fife. For example, Cupar, which is in my constituency, will soon be home to a community sport hub. Further, according to the Scottish Government’s website, the active schools network has been credited with providing millions of opportunities for young people to be involved in sport. I am aware that the active schools arrangement is in place in all 32 local authorities until next year, and I look forward to hearing what the future holds for the network.

This year, 2014, has been an excellent year for sport in Scotland and for Scottish athletes. I look forward to being able to say the same thing of 2015, which of course will bring the British open again to my constituency, with no doubt some new sporting heroes.

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

What assistance can the Scottish Government provide to developing countries to help them to reduce emissions?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Roderick Campbell

It is important to mention that the Scottish Government considers that the definition could, for example, cover interdicts and civil non-harassment orders. Although the Government says that it does not expect much business, I would have thought that it would cover more than the criminal procedure, which we are not considering.



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Roderick Campbell

I reflect on the fact that this matter has a long history and it has taken us a long time to get to where we are today. It is important to reflect on the fact that the distinctions between inspection and monitoring came out well in the evidence. I was very impressed by David Strang’s evidence, in which he explained that they are complementary but distinct.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has expressed concerns. I am reassured by what the cabinet secretary has said, but I hope that we will continue to recognise—as OPCAT requires us to—the importance of the unannounced visit.

We have dealt with the complaints procedure comprehensively. I reiterate what Dr McManus said in evidence:

“We have to bolster the SPS process rather than subvert it.”—[Official Report, Justice Committee, 2 December 2014; c 31.]

As far as the advisory group is concerned, I am reassured by what the cabinet secretary said. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating, and I wish the new system well.



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Roderick Campbell

Pete White, from Positive Prison? Positive Futures, told us:

“I think that the conduct of the independent monitors will determine how they are viewed by prisoners. They will have to develop a way of working that builds trust, but it sometimes takes a personality, rather than an order, to make that happen.”—[Official Report, Justice Committee, 2 December 2014; c 6.]

Do you agree?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Roderick Campbell

Still on the Scottish Human Rights Commission, in evidence to the committee Mr Adamson expressed concern that resources might be taken away from unannounced visits to support rota visits and additional visits. What reassurance can you give that that will not be the case?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Roderick Campbell

I refer to the Home Office’s “Review of the National Referral Mechanism for victims of human trafficking”, which was published fairly recently. Clause 41(1) of the Modern Slavery Bill says:

“The Commissioner must encourage good practice in ... the identification of victims of those offences.”

The UK Government has accepted all of the recommendations in the review. I take it from your letter on the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill that the full implications for Scotland are not yet known. I seek some reassurance, in relation to this legislative consent memorandum, that there will not be an issue down the path, as it were.



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Roderick Campbell

On the evaluation of the success of mentoring projects, can you add anything else to that equation?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Roderick Campbell

To what extent will the results of that evaluation be a factor in the consideration of community planning partnerships with regard to the delivery of community justice?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Roderick Campbell

And an independent evaluation will be carried out.

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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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NoDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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YesCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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YesCarried

Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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NoDefeated

S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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NoDefeated

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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YesCarried

S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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YesCarried

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