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9 August 2005

EWING & STEVENSON VISIT INVERNESS PRISON, DISCUSS ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR ORDERS WITH COUNCIL & MEET CO-OP MANAGERS ON LOCAL SOURCING OF PRODUCE

Local Inverness SNP MSP Fergus Ewing will be joined by Banff & Buchan MSP and Shadow Justice Spokesperson Stewart Stevenson MSP for a day of visits in Inverness on Tuesday 9th August.

The MSPs will visit Inverness’s Porterfield Prison to discuss current issues affecting the running of the prison with Governor Alastair MacDonald and prison staff at 9:30am.

This will be followed at 12pm with a meeting with Highland Council officials, Gordon Fisher, Director of Housing and Helen Ross, Head of Housing Strategy to discuss the Council use of ASBOS (Anti Social Behaviour Orders) at the Town House, Inverness.

At 2pm the MSPs will tour the CO-OP supermarket at Telford Street, Inverness and meet with Ken MacKenzie the Chief Officer of the Co-Op in Scotland to discuss local sourcing of produce.

2 August 2005

STEVENSON COMMENTS ON SLOPPING-OUT CLAIMS

Banff and Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has warned that further slopping claims could cost the public purse millions. Speaking after the publication of the Scottish Prison Service's 2004-05 Annual Report, Stevenson said,

“We can now see that the budget provision for slopping-out claims has risen from £28 million to £44 million in a single year. The Executive were warned in 1999 that choosing to delay the ending of slopping-out could cost. It has – big style.

“With over 1,000 prisoners likely to pursue legal action, it will surprise few if the bill rises even more next year.”

Turning to the situation at Peterhead Prison, Stevenson commented,

“I have previously welcomed the consultation about the replacement of the present Peterhead Prison building. We must move rapidly to a new build and cap possible claims from inmates. Public money is better spent on rehabilitation than on compensation.

“A new prison building on the existing site can be delivered quickly. I estimate that a delay of a year in solving Peterhead's problems could cost over £6 million.”
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