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Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell That annual review has not taken place so far, but the decision was made more than a year ago.

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con) Good afternoon. The College of Policing authorised professional practice document on armed policing, which is the armed policing document for the United Kingdom, has been quoted quite a lot. It looks at the management, command and deployment of armed officers in the rest of the UK. It is very releva...
Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell But we have had no reviews so far.

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell Is there a distinction between that and specific high-risk locations, which I imagine would be looked at case by case as situations arose, and protection duties?

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell That is helpful. Is there any move to review the decision and suspend the policy, given the widespread concern and the fact that the review will not be reporting until December, which is a long time for those police officers to be on the street with guns when, in my view, they should not be?
Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell Does the panel accept that there is heightened concern about all this? We have a single police force and the decision on the carrying of arms has been taken by one individual, who has referred to it as an operational decision, over which he has competence and complete control. The lack of checks and...
Meeting of the Parliament 20 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 20, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell I will take the minister’s word for that, but the UK was certainly the first of the G8 nations to meet the target—that was confirmed earlier.

Worse still, if Scotland chose to separate from the rest of the UK, it is inevitable that the DFID headquarters would relocate south of the border,...
Meeting of the Parliament 20 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 20, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell Will the member take an intervention?

Meeting of the Parliament 20 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 20, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell I would like to make some progress first.

In an independent Scotland with a population of just 5 million, that vital work in global development in some of the world’s poorest countries with some of its most vulnerable people would be adversely affected by a fall of around £1 billion in th...
Meeting of the Parliament 20 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 20, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell Although I do not doubt the sincerity of the minister on what he hopes to do and the assertions that he has made, the difference is that at present we do not know what currency an independent Scotland would have, we do not know the start-up costs, we have fluctuating oil prices, and we have a defenc...
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