Highlands & Islands MSP David Stewart is encouraging constituents to give their views on the proposed safeguards which would be put in place should corroboration be abolished.
With the current legal system, evidence is required from at least two different and independent sources of evidence in support of each crucial fact before a defendant can be convicted of a crime.
The Scottish Government want to abolish this requirement.
Baby Loss Awareness Week—That the Parliament recognises Baby Loss Awareness Week, which runs from 9 to 15 October 2014; understands that stillbirths are sadly a common reality, with 4,000 deaths occurring each year, 11 every day, in the UK; acknowledges the opportunity that Baby Loss Awareness Week presents for open discussion about this sensitive issue as well as the raising of awareness; notes that the week finishes on 15 October, which is recognised globally as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day; encourages all members and staff to partake in the vigil on 15 October by lighting a candle at 7pm and leaving it burning for an hour, acting as a unifying symbol with many across the world in an act of remembrance; sadly recognises that one in 200 babies in Scotland in 2013 were stillborn, that is 300 stillborn deaths; welcomes the advice given by SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, to pregnant women to seek out medical consultation if there is any suspected reduced foetal movement, and notes that this advice was seen as a major contributor to Norway’s reduction of its stillborn death rate by one third.
World Diabetes Day 2014—That the Parliament acknowledges that 14 November 2014 is World Diabetes Day, which is being led by the International Diabetes Federation and its member associations, including Diabetes UK, and is recognised as an official United Nations Day; understands that World Diabetes Day was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes poses; understands that there are almost 268,000 people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland and that access to good healthcare and treatment is key to helping them manage their condition; welcomes the launch of Diabetes UK’s campaign that focuses on children and young people and its aim to increase awareness of the symptoms and warning signs for type 1 diabetes;
North Labour MSP, and Convener of the Public Petitions Committee, David Stewart is welcoming a debate that is to be held in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon on a proposed Register of Interests for Members of Scotland’s Judiciary.
The Public Petitions Committee aspires to be a window of the Parliament, to be accessible and to go the extra mile for each and every petitioner.
There is no magic wand, but we acknowledge our successes, including successful petitions on cancer drugs, pain relief and mesh devices.
I welcome the opportunity that has been given to the committee to highlight the issues that Peter Cherbi raises in his petition, which seeks a register of interests for Scotland’s judiciary.
Highland MSP, David Stewart and East Sutherland Councillor Deirdre Mackay are welcoming news from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) that following discussions with BT there may be an opportunity to accelerate the timetable for the rollout of Superfast Broadband in East Sutherland.