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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
8. Stuart McMillan (West Scotland) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on powers relating to gambling being devolved. (S4O-03598)



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Stuart McMillan

The minister will be aware of the active campaign that I have been running in relation to fixed-odds betting terminals, which has included a members’ business debate in the Parliament earlier this year. Does the minister agree that gambling powers should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament in order to allow for the creation of gambling legislation that is in line with town centre planning policy and for action to be taken in Scotland in a way that currently is not happening across the UK?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Stuart McMillan (West Scotland) (SNP)

Good morning, panel.

I have a few questions following on from Alex Rowley’s a few moments ago, and the previous question. What discussions about the bill have you had, or are you aware have taken place in your organisations, with trade unions?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Stuart McMillan

Are you aware of any discussions that have taken place between your organisation and trade unions regarding the bill?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Stuart McMillan

We have received evidence a number of times from local groups that have had something to contribute but have felt as if they have been stonewalled, which makes it quite difficult for them to get involved. I have heard that in the region that I represent, too. Although the bill is designed to open that up, a discussion that I had with a senior public representative a couple of years ago indicated that, if there was a more open approach, it would have staffing implications for that public body.

Section 19(3)(c) contains various points to open up discussions, such as economic development and regeneration. Section 19(5) says:

“The authority must agree to the request unless there are reasonable grounds for refusing it.”

Returning to the initial question about trade unions, if trade union representatives said to you that a more open approach could lead to a public authority losing staff, would you consider that to be a reasonable ground for refusing to enter into discussions?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Stuart McMillan

It is very brief. Does Scottish Water have outstanding legal issues arising from asset transfers to you from other public authorities?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Stuart McMillan

Do you have any views about the assumption that requests will be accepted unless there are any reasonable grounds for refusal?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Stuart McMillan

Section 19(5) says:

“The authority must agree to the request unless there are reasonable grounds for refusing it.”

What would be an unreasonable ground for refusing a request?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Stuart McMillan

It was worth a try.



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Stuart McMillan

Good afternoon, panel. We heard evidence from the previous panel about having an allocated person to deal with asset transfer. The evidence was conflicting, because some said that there should be no single person and that, rather, the matter should be part of the organisation’s culture. For the future, and with the bill in mind, would it be useful to have such a responsible person in the short or medium term—say for five years or so—and during that time to try to increase the culture in local authorities so that more people are aware of asset transfer, and then for the job to disappear?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

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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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-10998: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10899.1: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10825: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10671: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10648: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10273: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10149: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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