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  1. 1. UKPolicing.info A free, timely e-Brief of UK Policing information Available daily/weekly by email from www.ukpolicing.info http://www.ukpolicing.info/emailnews/subscribe.html http://www.ukpolicing.info www.ukpolicing.info Extracts from Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for Week ending 7th May 2010 © Parliamentary Copyright Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body © Horn Ltd. UKPolicing.info.........................................................................................................1 Justice.......................................................................................................................2 Scottish Criminal Record Office..............................................................................3 Crime..........................................................................................................................3 Drink-Driving.............................................................................................................4 Justice.......................................................................................................................4 Rape...........................................................................................................................5 Wildlife Crime............................................................................................................5 National Insurance Contributions...........................................................................5 Justice.......................................................................................................................6 Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004........................................................7 Police.........................................................................................................................7 Alcohol.......................................................................................................................8 Justice.......................................................................................................................8 COPYING MATERIAL We have no objection to this, and even encourage it! In order to facilitate this, we now give an option on each e-mail to download the original Word document to make it easier to cut and paste. However, the following conditions apply: • Only applies to official police related briefings, reports and research, and for individual research. It does not apply for any commercial purposes (contact UKPolicing.info for more information re commercial services). • A suitable acknowledgement should be included where UKPolicing.info material has been used. • If appropriate, PDF pages should be extracted in full. • If possible, a link to www.ukpolicing.info should be included so that individuals can sign up for their personal copy of the e-Briefs. • Crown Copyright and other copyright requirements should be acknowledged. Whilst every effort is made to check for quality, accuracy and omissions, HORN Ltd. cannot be held responsible for any problems caused. All material is Copyright HORN LTD. Crown and Parliamentary Copyright is reproduced with the authority of the Controller. Contact HORN Ltd. by telephone to (+44) 01362 821232 The word version of this document is available at: http://www.ukpolicing.info/ebriefs/UKPolicing_Parl_eBrief_for_S_110510.doc UKPolicing.info Parliamentary e-Brief for 11th May 2010 Page 1 of 9 © Crown copyright material reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland © Horn Ltd 2010 Published by Horn Ltd, 11, Mill Street, Bradenham, Norfolk, IP25 7QN, UK VAT No: 630672159 Horn@btinternet.com Company Registration: 02895519 (England & Wales) Registered Offices: Larking Gowen, 1 Tavern Lane, Dereham, Norfolk. NR19 1PX
  2. 2. UKPolicing.info A free, timely e-Brief of UK Policing information Available daily/weekly by email from www.ukpolicing.info http://www.ukpolicing.info/emailnews/subscribe.html http://www.ukpolicing.info www.ukpolicing.info Justice Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) legal fees and (b) management time costs were incurred by the Scottish Police Services Authority in defending the unfair dismissal case brought by Fiona McBride. (S3W-32943) Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) legal fees and (b) management time costs were incurred by the Scottish Police Services Authority in appealing the decision of the employment tribunal regarding reinstatement in the unfair dismissal case brought by Fiona McBride. (S3W-32944) Kenny MacAskill: Employment of staff is an operational matter for the Scottish Police Services Authority. The information requested is not held centrally. Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive how many crime scene examinations were carried out by the Scottish Police Services Authority and its predecessor bodies in each of the last five years, broken down by regional bureau. (S3W-33036) Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive in what proportion of crime scenes was an examination carried out by the Scottish Police Services Authority and its predecessor bodies in each of the last five years, broken down by regional bureau. (S3W-33037) Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to how many cases involving the Scottish Police Services Authority and its predecessor bodies was the crime scene examined for DNA evidence in each of the last five years, broken down by regional bureau. (S3W-33038) Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to how many cases involving the Scottish Police Services Authority and its predecessor bodies was the crime scene examined for fingerprint evidence in each of the last five years, broken down by regional bureau. (S3W-33039) Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to how many cases involving the Scottish Police Services Authority and its predecessor bodies was DNA but not fingerprint evidence collected in each of the last five years, broken down by regional bureau. (S3W-33040) Kenny MacAskill: Crime scene examinations are an operational matter for the Scottish Police Services Authority and police chief constables. Information on the number of crime scenes attended and the evidence collected is not held centrally. Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been a policy decision to collect from crime scenes DNA instead of fingerprint evidence. (S3W-33041) Kenny MacAskill: The collection of evidence at crime scenes is an operational matter for the Scottish Police Services Authority and police chief constables. Both fingerprints and DNA samples are invaluable in providing evidence linking an individual to a crime scene. Expert scene examination officers and investigating police officers take decisions on the most appropriate method of collecting evidence based on the circumstances of the individual crime scene. If both fingerprint and DNA evidence are present at a scene then both would generally be collected. Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to how many of those imprisoned for handling an offensive weapon in the last year would proposals in the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill to create a legal presumption against custodial sentences of six months or less apply. UKPolicing.info Parliamentary e-Brief for 11th May 2010 Page 2 of 9 © Crown copyright material reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland © Horn Ltd 2010 Published by Horn Ltd, 11, Mill Street, Bradenham, Norfolk, IP25 7QN, UK VAT No: 630672159 Horn@btinternet.com Company Registration: 02895519 (England & Wales) Registered Offices: Larking Gowen, 1 Tavern Lane, Dereham, Norfolk. NR19 1PX
  3. 3. UKPolicing.info A free, timely e-Brief of UK Policing information Available daily/weekly by email from www.ukpolicing.info http://www.ukpolicing.info/emailnews/subscribe.html http://www.ukpolicing.info www.ukpolicing.info (S3W-33050) Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to how many of those imprisoned for handling an offensive weapon in the last year would proposals in the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill to create a legal presumption against custodial sentences of three months or less apply. (S3W-33051) Kenny MacAskill: The proposals which were contained in section 17 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill sought to create a presumption against short custodial sentences of six months or less, but did not remove the right of judges to impose such a sentence if they considered there was no alternative. Given judicial discretion, only individual sentencers would be able to answer how their sentencing behaviour in relation to those charged with handling an offensive weapon might have been different had the presumption been in force. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 26th April 2010 ======================== Scottish Criminal Record Office Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money has been spent on the investigations into the four Scottish Criminal Record Office fingerprint officers following the Shirley McKie case. (S3W-32938) Kenny MacAskill: The information requested is not held centrally. Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of the Mackay investigation into the four Scottish Criminal Record Office fingerprint officers. (S3W-32939) Kenny MacAskill: The Scottish Government does not hold information on the costs of this investigation. Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of James Black’s investigation into the four Scottish Criminal Record Office fingerprint officers. (S3W-32940) Kenny MacAskill: As employer of the four fingerprint officers, Strathclyde Joint Police Board established an ad hoc investigation and disciplinary procedure in September 2001. This work was taken forward under the auspices of an Independent Scrutiny Committee and James Black was appointed as investigating officer. The Scottish Government does not hold information on the cost of that investigation. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 26th April 2010 ======================== Crime Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-32124 by Nicola Sturgeon on 15 March 2010, whether it will provide the same information also broken down by hospital. (S3W-33053) Nicola Sturgeon: The numbers of emergency and elective hospital admissions due to assault by a sharp object, broken down by gender and location of treatment, discharged during financial years ending 31 March 2000 to 2009 for NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Grampian, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside are available from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Bib. number 50759). It should be noted that due to small numbers and the risk of disclosure, data has not been shown for all boards according to disclosure control procedures. All health board totals are available in the answer to S3W-32124. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/Apps2/Business/PQA/Default.aspx. Additional data and commentary on assault by a sharp object is published as part of ISD’s Unintentional Injuries publication http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/5327.html. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 28th April 2010 ======================== UKPolicing.info Parliamentary e-Brief for 11th May 2010 Page 3 of 9 © Crown copyright material reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland © Horn Ltd 2010 Published by Horn Ltd, 11, Mill Street, Bradenham, Norfolk, IP25 7QN, UK VAT No: 630672159 Horn@btinternet.com Company Registration: 02895519 (England & Wales) Registered Offices: Larking Gowen, 1 Tavern Lane, Dereham, Norfolk. NR19 1PX
  4. 4. UKPolicing.info A free, timely e-Brief of UK Policing information Available daily/weekly by email from www.ukpolicing.info http://www.ukpolicing.info/emailnews/subscribe.html http://www.ukpolicing.info www.ukpolicing.info Drink-Driving Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to UK ministers regarding the possible reduction in the alcohol limit for drink-driving offences. (S3W-33214) Kenny MacAskill: The Scottish Government strongly believes that a reduction in the drink drive limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg would save lives and prevent many serious injuries on our roads. The government announced its full support for a reduction in the drink driving limit on 12 March 2008 and wrote then to the Department for Transport, calling upon to UK Government to prioritise a reduction in the limit. The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change and I have written on a number of subsequent occasions, requesting that the UK Government make progress on a reduction in the limit. Subsequent to the Scottish Parliament debate on 19 December 2008, which called on the UK Government to reduce the limit to 50mg per 100ml of blood, I wrote again asking that priority be given to a reduction in the limit across the UK and, failing that, that the powers to set the limit be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. In June 2009, the Calman Commission recommended that the powers to set the limit be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Both the First Minister and I made representations to the UK Government pressing for this to be undertaken as soon as possible. Most recently, in February 2010, the Scottish Government submitted a response to the North Review on Drink and Drug Driving, which was commissioned by the Department for Transport. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 28th April 2010 ======================== Justice George Foulkes (Lothians) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all advice that it has received from the Lord Advocate that has been put in the public domain. Holding answer issued: 10 February 2010 (S3W-31140) Elish Angiolini: By long standing convention, advice from the Lord Advocate is not placed in the public domain and the Scottish Government does not reveal the sources or content of the legal advice which it obtains. Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-10000 by Kenny MacAskill on 25 March 2010, what proposals it is working on to further enhance the rights of victims. (S3W-33045) Kenny MacAskill: The current review of the Scottish Strategy for Victims of Crime is looking at a range of proposals for securing better outcomes for victims. The Scottish Government will be discussing those proposals with stakeholders before they are finalised. Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-10000 by Kenny MacAskill on 25 March 2010, when its comprehensive review of support for witnesses will (a) begin and (b) conclude; what its scope is, and who will undertake it. (S3W-33046) Kenny MacAskill: The review will begin later this month. The aim will be to complete a first phase of the review by delivering a report proposing priorities and recommendations at the end of 2010. An implementation phase will then follow, initially to March 2012 but potentially providing a platform for work beyond then. The scope and methodology for the review will be considered at a meeting of the multi-agency Witnesses Issues Group on 29 April 2010. The Scottish Government’s aim will be to engage a wide range of interests during the review through the Witnesses Issues Group and other working groups. Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-27310 by Kenny MacAskill on 23 September 2009, whether it will provide the information sought between 1993 and 1999. (S3W-33059) Kenny MacAskill: This information was provided to Bill Aitken MSP in a letter dated 6 October 2009. A copy of the reply was placed in the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (Bib. number 49431). Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-27310 by Kenny MacAskill on 23 September 2009, how many prisoners released from custody on compassionate grounds under section 3 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 and on licence before their death had their licence revoked and for what reasons, since the coming into force of the act. UKPolicing.info Parliamentary e-Brief for 11th May 2010 Page 4 of 9 © Crown copyright material reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland © Horn Ltd 2010 Published by Horn Ltd, 11, Mill Street, Bradenham, Norfolk, IP25 7QN, UK VAT No: 630672159 Horn@btinternet.com Company Registration: 02895519 (England & Wales) Registered Offices: Larking Gowen, 1 Tavern Lane, Dereham, Norfolk. NR19 1PX
  5. 5. UKPolicing.info A free, timely e-Brief of UK Policing information Available daily/weekly by email from www.ukpolicing.info http://www.ukpolicing.info/emailnews/subscribe.html http://www.ukpolicing.info www.ukpolicing.info (S3W-33060) Kenny MacAskill: None of the prisoners granted early release on compassionate grounds since 1993 have had their licence revoked. Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-28352 by Fergus Ewing on 12 November 2009, what consideration it has given to the collection of information on the test purchasing of knives as it does in relation to alcohol and whether a decision to do so has been made. (S3W-33061) Fergus Ewing: Discussions are still on-going between the Scottish Government and the Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards on how best to make information collected locally available at national level. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 28th April 2010 ======================== Rape Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the finding that the rape conviction rate has fallen to a 25-year low, with only 3% of cases reported to the police in 2008-09 resulting in a conviction, and what action it plans to take. (S3W-33266) Kenny MacAskill: I refer the member to the answer to question S3F-2348 on 22 April 2010 which is available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/officialReports/meetingsParliament/or-10/sor0422-02.htm#Col25618. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 28th April 2010 ======================== Wildlife Crime Elaine Murray (Dumfries) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-9994 by Roseanna Cunningham on 25 March 2010, how much funding has been made available to support innovations in combating wildlife crime. (S3W-33320) Elaine Murray (Dumfries) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-9994 by Roseanna Cunningham on 25 March 2010, for how long funding will be made available to support innovations in combating wildlife crime. (S3W-33321) Roseanna Cunningham: Up to £220,000 is available for a two-year programme over 2009-10 and 2010-11 to support innovations in tackling wildlife crime. Projects are assessed by PAW Scotland and grant arrangements are managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Other projects which contribute to tackling wildlife crime may also be eligible for grant assistance from SNH. Elaine Murray (Dumfries) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-9994 by Roseanna Cunningham on 25 March 2010, who is eligible to apply for the funding to support innovations in combating wildlife crime. (S3W-33322) Elaine Murray (Dumfries) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-9994 by Roseanna Cunningham on 25 March 2010, how applications can be made for funding to support innovations in combating wildlife crime. (S3W-33323) Roseanna Cunningham: An application form and further details of the scheme are available on the Scottish Natural Heritage website at www.snh.gov.uk/funding/our-grants/what/wildlife-crime-(paw)/. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 28th April 2010 ======================== National Insurance Contributions Gil Paterson (West of Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding proposals to increase national insurance contributions. (S3O-10347) John Swinney: Besides the impact on Scottish employers in the private sector the increase in national insurance contribution rates will result in approximately £104 million of the Scottish Government’s budget being returned to the Treasury in the form of higher tax payments. Were the money to stay in Scotland it could pay for approximately 2,300 more police officers or 4,000 more nurses each year. UKPolicing.info Parliamentary e-Brief for 11th May 2010 Page 5 of 9 © Crown copyright material reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland © Horn Ltd 2010 Published by Horn Ltd, 11, Mill Street, Bradenham, Norfolk, IP25 7QN, UK VAT No: 630672159 Horn@btinternet.com Company Registration: 02895519 (England & Wales) Registered Offices: Larking Gowen, 1 Tavern Lane, Dereham, Norfolk. NR19 1PX
  6. 6. UKPolicing.info A free, timely e-Brief of UK Policing information Available daily/weekly by email from www.ukpolicing.info http://www.ukpolicing.info/emailnews/subscribe.html http://www.ukpolicing.info www.ukpolicing.info We have made it clear that we disagree with this increase especially when the country is emerging from a long and severe recession. We will continue to protest that this cut should be reversed to avoid further burdens on Scottish employers and protect front line public services in Scotland. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 29th April 2010 ======================== Justice Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25109) that "there are significant problems [with knife crime] in some areas of Edinburgh", where those areas are. (S3W-33047) Kenny MacAskill: Edinburgh is a safe city and initiatives such as the Edinburgh Violence Reduction Programme enable partners to work together to make the city even safer. For example, the number of homicides in Edinburgh in 2008-09 was at the lowest recorded level in 20 years. Recent analysis carried out by Lothian and Borders Police found that the overall number of incidents involving a knife was low in comparison to some other parts of the country, but that in Edinburgh as a whole, areas in the north of the city had a higher number of incidents of criminal use and possession of knives and bladed articles. Lothian and Borders Police use an intelligence-led policing model to target resources on those most likely to be carrying and using weapons. We know from local performance information that this approach has contributed to a 33% reduction in crimes involving the possession of offensive weapons in Edinburgh in 2009-10 compared to 2006-07. Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25109) that "those who are a danger to our communities, who carry knives and who have a propensity to use them should be dealt with firmly and severely", what its position is on the expectation of such offenders to receive a custodial sentence. (S3W-33049) Kenny MacAskill: Sentencing in individual cases is entirely a matter for the sentencing judge, who hears all the facts and circumstances surrounding the offence and the offender, and is able to take into account any factors which he or she considers to be relevant. An increasing number of people who are caught carrying knives are being convicted and are receiving custodial sentences and the length of those sentences is also increasing – in the last two years jail terms for knife carrying have increased by two thirds. The courts have the powers needed to impose substantial sentences of up four years for possession and, should a judge weigh up the circumstances and decide that a four-year sentence is appropriate, he or she will go ahead and impose it. The overall decrease in crimes of handling an offensive weapon of 11% since 2006-07 indicates that this tough approach, combined with record investment in violence reduction initiatives and action on knife crime, is having a positive impact on knife crime on our streets. Irene Oldfather (Cunninghame South) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government and relevant Scottish stakeholders regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations. (S3W-33369) Kenny MacAskill: Intellectual property, consumer protection, medicines, internet services and product standards, safety and liability are all reserved matters. The Scottish Government has not been involved in any discussions regarding negotiations on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. James Kelly (Glasgow Rutherglen) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is planning to include violent offenders in the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements process. (S3W-33382) Kenny MacAskill: Parliament agreed that violent offenders who would fall within the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) must have been convicted on indictment of an offence inferring personal violence and be subject to a Probation Order or subject to statutory supervision on release from prison. In framing the legislation, stakeholders secured an undertaking to ensure that before MAPPA was extended to this group of offenders, the Risk Management Authority would develop an agreed approach to assessing the risk of harm posed by violent offenders. This work is underway. We have also accepted the recommendations in the report of the Multi-agency Inspection: Assessing and managing offenders who present a high risk of serious harm 2009, which notes that the first priority in relation to violent offenders is to build up the capacity of individual agencies to manage risk more effectively and consistently. We accept that judgment, and are working with the delivery agencies to give them the tools and support they need. The Multi agency report can be found at: http://www.swia.gov.uk/swia/files/Assessing_and_managing_offenders_who_present_a_high_risk_of_serious_harm_2009.pdf. James Kelly (Glasgow Rutherglen) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its review of the national objectives and standards for social work services in the criminal justice system. (S3W-33383) Kenny MacAskill: We are working with partners to finalise new National Outcomes and Standards for Criminal Justice Social Work, which will be published later this year. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 30th April 2010 UKPolicing.info Parliamentary e-Brief for 11th May 2010 Page 6 of 9 © Crown copyright material reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland © Horn Ltd 2010 Published by Horn Ltd, 11, Mill Street, Bradenham, Norfolk, IP25 7QN, UK VAT No: 630672159 Horn@btinternet.com Company Registration: 02895519 (England & Wales) Registered Offices: Larking Gowen, 1 Tavern Lane, Dereham, Norfolk. NR19 1PX
  7. 7. UKPolicing.info A free, timely e-Brief of UK Policing information Available daily/weekly by email from www.ukpolicing.info http://www.ukpolicing.info/emailnews/subscribe.html http://www.ukpolicing.info www.ukpolicing.info ======================== Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued under section 4 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 since 1 April 2008, broken down by local authority area. Holding answer issued: 4 May 2010 (S3W-33054) Fergus Ewing: Statistics on the number of antisocial behaviour orders issued to adults and under 16’s between 1 October 2004 and 31 March 2008, by local authority area, can be found on the Scottish Government website at www.scotland.gov.uk. Information on the number of antisocial behaviour orders issued since 31 March 2008 is not held centrally Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds centrally on the use of the Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 and how this has changed since it came into force. Holding answer issued: 4 May 2010 (S3W-33055) Fergus Ewing: Promoting Positive Outcomes: Working Together to Prevent Antisocial Behaviour in Scotland was published jointly with COSLA in March 2009 with the support of all relevant agencies. Volume 2 contains the detailed research, analysis and public consultation that informed this review. As part of this, the implementation plan for the framework, published on 23 October 2009, proposed that a new voluntary performance framework will be created which will support partners and practitioners in developing effective strategies locally. Included in this is a proposed objective to identify and support the collection at a local level of performance management information which will enable local authorities and partners to focus on continually improving performance. Statistics on the number of antisocial behaviour orders issued to adults and under 16s between 1 October 2004 and 31 March 2008, by local authority area, can be found on the Scottish Government website at www.scotland.gov.uk. Information on the number of antisocial behaviour orders issued since 31 March 2008 is not held centrally Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what aspects of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 it considers have been most effective in tackling antisocial behaviour. Holding answer issued: 4 May 2010 (S3W-33056) Fergus Ewing: The Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 contains a range of measures that have helped communities. These measures, including vehicle seizure, dispersal and fixed penalty notice powers have been used effectively by local agencies to tackle antisocial behaviour. Promoting Positive Outcomes: Working Together to Prevent Antisocial Behaviour in Scotland, published jointly with COSLA in March 2009 and with the support of all relevant agencies, puts prevention at the heart of our approach to antisocial behaviour and enforcement is just one aspect of this Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has used its powers under section 2(3)(a) or (b) of the Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 since May 2007 and, if so, when and for what reason. Holding answer issued: 4 May 2010 (S3W-33057) Fergus Ewing: Since the implementation of the Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 these powers have not been used Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports under section 2(1) of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 have been produced since it came into force and when they were published. Holding answer issued: 4 May 2010 (S3W-33058) Fergus Ewing: The responsibility for the publication of these reports lies with local authorities. Information on the publication of these reports is not held centrally. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 4th May 2010 ======================== Police Irene Oldfather (Cunninghame South) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it issues guidance to police authorities regarding the purchase of police vehicles. (S3W-33370) Kenny MacAskill: No Irene Oldfather (Cunninghame South) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it monitors police authority spending in relation to the purchase of police vehicles. (S3W-33371) Kenny MacAskill: No. Police authorities are accountable for their own spending Irene Oldfather (Cunninghame South) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it encourages police authorities to reduce their carbon footprints by purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles. UKPolicing.info Parliamentary e-Brief for 11th May 2010 Page 7 of 9 © Crown copyright material reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland © Horn Ltd 2010 Published by Horn Ltd, 11, Mill Street, Bradenham, Norfolk, IP25 7QN, UK VAT No: 630672159 Horn@btinternet.com Company Registration: 02895519 (England & Wales) Registered Offices: Larking Gowen, 1 Tavern Lane, Dereham, Norfolk. NR19 1PX
  8. 8. UKPolicing.info A free, timely e-Brief of UK Policing information Available daily/weekly by email from www.ukpolicing.info http://www.ukpolicing.info/emailnews/subscribe.html http://www.ukpolicing.info www.ukpolicing.info (S3W-33372) Kenny MacAskill: From 1 January 2011, public bodies, including police authorities and forces, will be subject to climate change duties imposed by the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. A public consultation on draft Scottish Government guidance in relation to these climate change duties is planned to take place in summer 2010. The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland has published a Climate Change Action Plan 2010-2020, which sets out six principal areas for action, including transport, and notes the contribution that low emission vehicles can make. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 4th May 2010 ======================== Alcohol Robert Brown (Glasgow) (LD): To ask the Scottish Executive, in reference to paragraph 136 of Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: a Framework for Action, what action has followed the review of current plans and practices for the identification and treatment of offenders with alcohol problems in criminal justice settings. (S3W-33090) Shona Robison: A portfolio of three complementary studies has been developed and are funded by Scottish Government to drive forward this commitment. As a result of an initial scoping exercise undertaken, these studies are more extensive than previously outlined in the framework. The studies have been commissioned by Health Scotland working with the Scottish Government and other key partners such as the Scottish Prison Service. They include mapping of current plans and practice both in the prison and community justice settings. They will identify and recommend good practice as well as conducting primary research into the feasibility and effectiveness of delivering alcohol brief interventions for offenders in the community justice settings of probation and community service. The Scottish Government plans to hold an event later this year to bring together stakeholders, including those from the Scottish Prison Service, criminal justice social work, and the police to share the emerging findings of these studies and discuss any recommendations. In addition, the Scottish Government is providing significant funding to a three year pilot in Tayside which focuses on the delivery of healthcare and forensic services to those people in police custody, including those who misuse alcohol, as well as linking people to the services available in the community. As part of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill currently being considered by Parliament, community payback orders are highlighting the opportunities for courts to refer offenders to alcohol services. Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates since 26 April 2009 it has met retailers to discuss the proposed social responsibility levy on alcohol. (S3W-33392) Nicola Sturgeon: The Scottish Government has met a wide group of stakeholders covering both the on and off-trade sectors, including retailers, on 1 May 2009, 8 June 2009 and 11 August 2009 to specifically discuss the proposed social responsibility levy. In addition, meetings with retailers and/or their trade associations in respect of the Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill, including the social responsibility levy, have taken place on 18 June 2009, 20 July 2009, 18 August 2009, 26 August 2009, 14 September 2009, 25 September 2009, 21 October 2009, 22 October 2009, 28 October 2009, 26 November 2009, 14 December 2009, 15 December 2009, 19 January 2010, 22 January 2010, 24 February 2010, 26 February 2010, 9 March 2010 (twice), 25 March 2010 and 21 April 2010. Daily Written Answers for the Scottish Parliament for 5th May 2010 ======================== Justice Ian McKee (Lothians) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines the law officers will provide regarding the potential prosecution of a person assisting another to end his or her life. (S3O-10423) Frank Mulholland: Any decision to prosecute is a matter for the Lord Advocate acting independently and in the public interest. Every case is considered on its own individual facts and circumstances and the Law Officers do not consider it appropriate to publish definitive prosecution policy guidelines in this area. The Prosecution Code, published by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, sets out the principles to be applied by Procurators Fiscal when deciding whether to prosecute. The Prosecution Code is a public document and can be found at: www.copfs.gov.uk/Publications/2001/05/prosecutioncode. UKPolicing.info Parliamentary e-Brief for 11th May 2010 Page 8 of 9 © Crown copyright material reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland © Horn Ltd 2010 Published by Horn Ltd, 11, Mill Street, Bradenham, Norfolk, IP25 7QN, UK VAT No: 630672159 Horn@btinternet.com Company Registration: 02895519 (England & Wales) Registered Offices: Larking Gowen, 1 Tavern Lane, Dereham, Norfolk. NR19 1PX
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