Marlyn Glen MSP

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Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland

Scottish Government to be questioned on Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act

Marlyn Glen has tabled new questions in the Scottish Parliament on the numbers who have been prosecuted in Dundee and Tayside under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act since it was introduced in 2005.

Ms. Glen is also to contact trade unions whose members are affected by the Act to ascertain whether they have evidence that suggests that the legislation is acting as a deterrent .

The Act is designed to safeguard emergency service workers such as police officers, firefighters or health workers in the course of their duties from assault, obstruction or hindrance.

Earlier this year, she had established in a Parliamentary question that in 2006-07 six people had a charged proved against them in Dundee and Tayside under the Act,

Now, with more information available, Ms. Glen is asking for a more up-to-date picture.

She is asking the relevant trade unions if there is evidence of a trend of a reduction in the number of assaults on staff since the Act has established itself.

Ms. Glen said,

” Emergency service workers should never be on the receiving end of violent, threatening or abusive behaviour.”

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Notes to editor

Questions tabled

To ask the Scottish Executive how may charges related to the Emergency Workers (Scotland)Act 2005 have been reported to the Procurator-Fiscal in Dundee and in Tayside to date in each year since 2005.

To ask the Scottish Executive how many charges under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 have been reported to the Procurator-Fiscal and were the subject of court proceedings in Dundee and in Tayside to date in each year since 2005 ; and by section of the Act

To ask the Scottish Executive how many charges under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 that have been reported to the Procurator-Fiscal in Dundee and in Tayside to date in each year since 2005 resulted in a successful prosecution.

Previous question tabled

Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005
S3W-20564 – Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Date Lodged Wednesday, February 04, 2009): To ask the Scottish Executive how many people had a charge proved in a court in Tayside under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 in 2007-08.

Answered by Kenny MacAskill (Monday, February 23, 2009): Court Proceedings data for 2007-08 is not yet available; it is due to be published in April 2009.
Data from the Scottish Government Court Proceedings database for the latest year available, 2006-07, shows that there were six persons with a charge proved in Dundee and in Tayside under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005, where this was the main offence.

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