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Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sandra White (Glasgow Kelvin) (SNP)

Thank you very much, convener.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sandra White

Yes, that is how to start off a Monday morning—sorry, I mean a Tuesday morning; I do not even know what day it is.

I thank all the witnesses very much for their submissions, which, as someone without a legal background, I found enlightening, although I must admit that it took me about two days, including this morning, to read through them all.

My first question is on the role of solicitor as proxy. One of the submissions states:

“We are of the view that solicitors should not undertake this proxy function.”

It also mentions the Belgian model. Will you elaborate on that aspect?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sandra White

You touched on issues that I have written down, such as ethics and moral obligations, and you open up another area in that regard. Were the bill to pass with those provisions intact, would solicitors be obliged to act as proxy if they did not feel—morally or ethically—that they could?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sandra White

I will leave it at that for now, convener.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sandra White

Margaret Mitchell has asked a couple of the questions that I wanted to ask about the facilitators. Everyone has concerns about the facilitators being appointed by the Government or ministers. What experience is needed and what is the role? Those things are not written in the bill.

I have another question on the back of what Professor Miller and Mr Stephenson have said. If, by chance, a facilitator gave the medicine and the person ended up very disabled, would it be possible to prosecute the facilitator for criminal negligence if that was not written in the bill or part of the contract? The role of a facilitator is clear, but there is nothing in writing that would protect a facilitator if any careless action happened. Should that be looked at as well?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sandra White

I asked the previous panel about licensed facilitators. Mr McGowan has alluded to the fact that a criminal prosecution could be brought against a facilitator if a member of the public or a family were to raise concerns. That is a legal concern that we need to deal with. I asked the legal profession whether, if the medicine that was administered did not work completely and the person did not pass away in a certain manner, a criminal prosecution could be pursued against the licensed facilitator. Is there enough clarity on that in the bill?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sandra White

That view is expressed in submissions that we have received.

Another issue that involves the police and the legal profession is whether specialised training would be required for the police on not just that part of the facilitator’s job but the drugs that were made available, how they were stored, when they were collected or returned to the pharmacy and any records that were kept. Would the police need special training in those things?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sandra White

Thank you, convener. It is just past 12, so I say good afternoon.

We know that one in nine deaths on the road and many more injuries from collisions are caused by drivers who are over the limit. I want to put what some people have been saying into perspective. I recollect that many years ago when there was not what you might call a limit, there was carnage caused by people drink driving. Drivers have to take responsibility.

I agree with what Margaret Dekker said about educating drivers. I always think that in the hands of someone who has had a drink a car is a lethal weapon. Perhaps people should learn about their responsibilities in that regard.

I assume that education campaigns will be run on the television and so on. When the legislation comes into force, we will have a different drink-driving limit to the rest of the UK. How is that going to be addressed? Will there be advertising down south or as people come over the border?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sandra White

I agree with everything that has been said, especially by Peter Rice, about the differences in legislation in European countries. I was trying to make that point. Those countries have moved on, and it is time that we moved on, as well. We can learn from one another.



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sandra White (Glasgow Kelvin) (SNP)

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S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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Motion S4M-11290: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11274: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11265: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11264: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11179: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11095: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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