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Summary

  1. The Justice Committee takes evidence on the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill
  2. The Scottish government leads a debate on a national investment bank
  3. Changes to the Scottish Budget process are discussed
  4. Dog attack figures are debated

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for Holyrood Live!

    Holyrood and cash

    That's all for Holyrood Live today, Tuesday 8 May 2018.

    MSPs have overhauled the Scottish Parliament's budget process to increase scrutiny as it gains more tax raising and spending powers.

    It follows the publication of a report by the Budget Process Review Group last year.

    The changes will see the Scottish government provide long-term plans for public finances beyond the financial year and will give committee's more influence over spending plans.

    In addition, the parliament also backed an implementation plan for the creation of the Scottish National Investment Bank.

    Economy Secretary Keith Brown confirmed the Scottish government would accept all the recommendations set out by Tesco Bank chief executive Benny Higgins in his report on the bank.

  2. Minister happy for Holyrood committee to look into Control of Dogs Act 2010

    Ms Ewing
    Image caption: Ms Ewing

    Ms Ewing says if the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee decides to look into the 2010 Act the government would be happy with this.

    The minister reminds members the government undertook a consultation in 2013 on dog licensing and dog muzzling, citing the opposition to both.

    Tory MSP Liz Smith argues there is new technology through microchipping which can be used to control dogs and the responsbility of owners.

    Ms Smith asks if the government would look at this.

    The minister accepts tecchnology has moved on but does not commit to look into it.

    Ms Ewing concludes by asserting the 2010 Act may be ripe for post legislative scrutiny.

  3. Minister praises SNP MSPs for work on Control of Dogs Act

    Mr Neil and Ms Grahame praised by minister
    Image caption: Mr Neil and Ms Grahame praised by minister for efforts on Control of Dogs Act

    Community Safety and Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing reminds us that it was Alex Neil that brought forward the original Control of Dogs Bill, before Christine Grahame took over due to his elevation to minister.

    Ms Ewing says the eventual Act led to dog control notices, which she argues are being used more and more.

    The minister accepts there is a wide variation in the use of these powers by local authorities and pledges to write to all 32 to find out what each is doing.

    She tells the chamber she will seek a meeting with the CWU union to discuss there concerns.

  4. 'I cannot stress how important this issue is'

    Tory MSP Liz Smith
    Image caption: Tory MSP Liz Smith

    Tory MSP Liz Smith echoes SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson, both of whom have been attacked by dogs.

    However Ms Smith says far worse than being attacked was witnessing a councillor colleague being savaged by a dog, which left her in hospital for some time.

    The councillor was left scarred for life, she explains.

    "I cannot stress how important this issue is," Ms Smith says.

  5. Dog attacks on postal workers increasing says Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Johann Lamont
    Image caption: Labour MSP Johann Lamont

    Labour MSP Johann Lamont says dog attacks on postal workers are increasing, partly due to an increase in face-to-face action when signatures are required.

    She calls for consideration of the Communication Workers Union's suggestions on responsible dog ownership.

    Ms Lamont urges the Scottish government to launch a review into the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act.

  6. Background: Dumfries man jailed following dog bite attacks

    Stuart McNeillie

    A man was jailed for six months after his Staffordshire cross terrier attacked two women and a policeman, we reported in October.

    The women, aged 73 and 62, were at a chemist's in Dumfries when Stuart McNeillie came in with the dog.

    It bit one woman, causing her to fall and strike her head on a glass panel, and then bit the other woman. Two days later it bit a police officer.

    McNeillie, 34, of Dumfries, admitted being the owner of a dog which was dangerously out of control.

    Read more.

  7. Tory MSP welcomes review of Control of Dogs Act

    Finlay Carson

    Tory MSP Finlay Carson argues the Act passed in 2010 has not led to a law that is effective in bringing about more responsible dog ownership.

    Mr Carson highlights a shocking case from Dumfries where two women aged 73 and 62 were bitten by a dog.

    A police officer was also bitten he explains.

    A review of the Control of Dogs Act is welcome, says Mr Carson.

  8. MSP behind Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act backs review

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame
    Image caption: SNP MSP Christine Grahame

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame confirms she was the member in charge of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act as it passed through parliament.

    She says the number of dog control notices have increased but to be effective, the public must know it is the law, there must be enough dog wardens at local authorities and these personnel must be trained in dog behaviour.

    The legislation has failed on all three counts, Ms Grahame argues.

    "I welcome post-legislative scrutiny and review," she adds.

    The SNP MSP also calls for funding the properly publicise the legislation.

    Another Bill she is currently bringing forward is one on responsible dog ownership, which she hopes will also lead to a decrease in attacks.

  9. Authorities must be given additional powers says Mr Neil

    Dog

    The SNP MSP states the emotional trauma of a dog attack is difficult to deal with because it is ongoing - from the actual attack, to healthcare, to scarring.

    We need a fundamental review of current legislation, particularly of but not exclusive to the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010, he argues.

    Authorities must be given additional enforcement powers where necessary, Mr Neil adds.

  10. Current powers in the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act not powerful enough

    Mr Neil

    Mr Neil argues the lack of consisitency from local authorities in the response to dog attacks in Scotland is not good enough.

    The SNP MSP insists the current powers in the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act are not powerful enough.

    The problem is getting worse and he reiterates that:

    • the Act is not being implemented
    • the powers are not sufficient

    He posits that it is the first bite that should be punished.

  11. Background: Girl, 9, needed surgery after dog attack in Ayrshire

    Croy Shore

    A nine-year-old girl was recovering from surgery after being bitten by a dog in Ayrshire at the start of this year.

    She was walking with her mother on Croy Shore in Maybole on Friday 5 January when a black shaggy dog ran towards her, bit her on the leg and ran off.

    Her mother dressed the wound at home but the injury required surgery two days later.

    Police Scotland appealed to anyone who witnessed the attack or saw the dog in the area at the time to come forward.

  12. Less than 10% of dog attacks lead to control notices says SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Alex Neil
    Image caption: SNP MSP Alex Neil

    SNP MSP Alex Neil praises Radio Clyde, the Scottish Society for the Protection of Animals, the Communication Workers Union and the victims and families of victims of dog attacks for bringing the problem to the fore.

    Not only is the problem of dog attacks persisting, it is getting worse, Mr Neil argues.

    He points to health board figures which suggest there are 4,000 attacks a year.

    Less than 10% of the incidents lead to dog control notice, suggesting the 2010 Act is not being implemented properly, the MSP states.

  13. Background: Scottish hospitals see 80% increase in dog attack victims

    Sylvia Baillie with her brother Stevie Pursley

    Emergency admissions to Scottish hospitals after a dog attack rose 80% in 10 years, according to NHS figures in February 2017.

    There were 363 cases in 2005-2006, compared with 652 admissions in 2014-2015.

    The figures emerged two days after a couple in charge of a dog which attacked two women in separate incidents were jailed.

    Leeane McHugh, 35, and Patrick Maher, 46, had previously admitted separate dangerous dog charges.

    The second victim of the couple's Japanese Akita was 60-year-old Sylvia Baillie, who was bitten on the cheek at her Paisley home in July 2016.

    Speaking to BBC Scotland's Timeline programme, Ms Baille said the couple and their dog had been in her house after a funeral.

    Read more here.

  14. Dog attack debate begins

    Dog wearing muzzle

    SNP MSP Alex Neil now leads a members' debate on dog attack figures.

    His motion:

    • highlights rising numbers of people being taken to A&E and treated for dog bites
    • calls for a review of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010
    Alex Neil's motion
  15. Rest of decision time

    MSPs have backed changes to the Scottish Budget process as set out in a new written agreement mentioned in the Budget Process Reform Group's report, as well as new standing orders.

    Written agreement motion
    Standing order motion

    Members have also backed a legislative consent memorandum for the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill.

    Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill LCM
    MSPs
  16. Decision time for Scottish National Investment Bank

    The Scottish Conservatives' amendment is backed unanimously.

    The Scottish Labour amendment is defeated, with 19 votes for and 91 against.

    The Scottish Green amendment is also defeated, with 26 votes for and 84 against.

    The Scottish government's motion, as amended, is agreed unanimously.

    SG motion
    Tory amendment
  17. Point of order addressed

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
    Image caption: Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh

    Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie raises a point of order arguing that there will not be a draft budget process in future.

    Mr Harvie argues the repalcement scrutiny must be as robust as possible.

    The Green MSP asks the presiding officer to confirm that when a committee agrees a reasoned amendment to the budget at Stage One, they will be allocated adequate time.

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh assures the member that he is sympathetic to the point raised.

    Mr Macintosh points out any reasoned amendment would have to have cross party support.