Marlyn Glen MSP

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Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland

SNP policy on class sizes “in shreds”

Marlyn Glen has received figures from Dundee City Council on the number of classes in the new August intake in Primaries 1-3 have a maximum of 18 pupils in them.

Ms. Glen said that they indicate ” that the Scottish Government has abandoned its commitment to ensure the 18 maximum class size in two years time.”

The number of P1 classes in Dundee in the new intake with 18 or less pupils is 13 out 60 classes ( in April the corresponding figure was 8 classes out of 56.)

For P2 classes – the number of classes in the new intake with 18 or less pupils is 1 out of 49 classes ( six months ago, the figure was 2 classes out of 43 )

For P3 P3 classes – there are no classes in the new intake with 18 or less pupils six months ago , the figure was 1 class out of 39 )

These figures exclude 9 composite classes in P1/P2, 10 in P2/P3 and 14 in P3/P4

Ms. Glen said,

“The SNP Government promise of a maximum of 18 pupils in each class in primary years 1, 2 and 3 by 2011 is in shreds.

“These Dundee figures confirm it.

“As further proof, the SNP Government has indicated this week that it is considering setting the legal maximum class size in primary at 25, well above the maximum size of 18 promised by them in their election manifesto.

” I have repeatedly called on them, in vain, to provide Dundee City Council with more money to employ more primary teachers to guarantee that 18 class size upper limit.”

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Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act prosecutions in Dundee and Tayside

08 September 2009

15 people have been successfully prosecuted in Dundee and 19 overall in Tayside under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005, in the latest available year, according to an answer to a parliamentary Question raised by Marlyn Glen.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill told her that in 2007-08, 5 of the successful prosecutions in the city came under Section 2(1) of the Act, referring to assaulting or impeding certain emergency workers responding to emergency circumstances.

A further 10 successful prosecutions came under Section 5(1) of the Act which applies only to incidents that occur “in a hospital or on land adjacent to and used wholly or mainly for the purposes of a hospital”.

The Act makes it a specific offence to assault, obstruct or hinder someone providing an emergency service – or someone assisting an emergency worker in an emergency situation.

It covers a wide range of occupations such as police, fire and ambulance staff, doctors, nurses and midwives in hospitals.

Police, fire and ambulance workers and medical staff in hospitals are covered whenever they are on duty, as well as when they are actually dealing with emergencies.

Ms. Glen said,

“Work-related irresponsible behaviour should never be regarded as an ‘ occupational hazard’.

“This is particularly so for emergency staff who have the right to carry out their life-saving work without the threat of aggression, obstruction or abuse.”

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43 Tayside legal staff now trained as specialists in the investigation of sexual offences

02 September 2009

Marlyn Glen has welcomed news from Solicitor-General for Scotland, Frank Mullholland, that 43 members of staff in Tayside in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service have completed training as specialists to prosecute cases in sexual crime.

Ms. Glen had raised the matter with the Scottish Government following the publication of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill which will now provide a statutory definition of rape and consent.

In the last two years 2006-2008, there were a total of 113 cases of rape reported to the police in Tayside, only 3 of which resulted in prosecution, and none of which was proved.

Ms. Glen said, ” It is concern with low rates of prosecutions that have led to calls for marked changes in the way that rape is handled by the police and the courts in Scotland.

” The appointment of those with specialist training is a welcome recognition of the need to improve the level of successful prosecutions.

“Many more women must receive the justice that they are entitled to under the law.”

In reply to Ms. Glen, Mr. Mulholland said,

“In 2004, the COPFS conducted a review of how rape and serious sexual offences are investigated and prosecuted which produced a report that led to the Law officers making fifty recommendations for change June 2006.

“The Lord Advocate gave a commitment to delivering on the recommendations over a three-year period.

“One of the principal recommendations of the review was that specialism in the investigation of sexual offences be achieved by the development of a system of approval for all staff working in this area.

“The first condition of approval is that staff undertake a programme of specialist training in sexual crime.

“A comprehensive programme of training has been developed and delivered to prosecution staff through the delivery of interactive electronic learning modules. ( e-learning modules) and a two day sexual offences training course at the Scottish Prosecution College.

“The training programme includes training from senior police officers, Rape Crisis Scotland, Crown Counsel and Procurators Fiscal on all aspects of the investigation of sexual crime.

“To date, 43 members of staff who have worked within the Tayside area of COPFS have completed that programme.

“The final condition of the approval process requires trained staff to demonstrate that they can meet the standards required by the training and guidance in the work that they undertake.

“To this end trained staff are required to satisfy Crown Office when completing a sexual offence pre-recognition that the key elements of the guidance and training have been implemented.

“Since 1st. July of this year, only members of legal and pre-cognition staff who have been trained and approved to investigate sexual offences in accordance with the Service’s approval criteria will investigate and supervise sexual offences cases.”

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