S5W-6501 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Supreme Court's judgement of 24 January 2017 in respect of the triggering of Article 50 in relation to the UK leaving the EU and, in light of the Supreme Court limiting the Lord Advocate to legal argument based on devolved issues, whether it plans to take further legal action or appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
James Wolffe QC: In R (Miller) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union the UK Supreme Court decided that the UK Government may not lawfully notify the European Council under Article 50 TEU of the UK's intention to withdraw from the European Union without the authority of an Act of the UK Parliament.
The decision of the UK Supreme Court on these issues is final. There is no right of appeal from the UK Supreme Court to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Scottish Government will keep under review the question of what steps it should take to defend Scotland’s interests and the role of the Scottish Parliament as the process of triggering Article 50 and negotiating the UK exit from the EU continues.
S5F-00890 Stuart McMillan: To ask the First Minister what legislation is in place to deal with drug-driving.
The First Minister (Nicola Sturgeon): […] Scotland has long-standing legislation in place that makes it an offence to drive while impaired due to drugs. It is used by Police Scotland, prosecutors and courts to ensure that those who take drugs and drive can be held to account for putting their lives and those of others at risk. […] We will wait for the evaluation of the drug-driving limits in England and Wales to inform our consideration of the best approach to the issue in Scotland and to see whether that development would help us to make our roads even safer. […] The evaluation is due to be published this year.
Treatment of wheelchair users
S5W-06684 Gordon Lindhurst: To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of First Group plc v Paulley, what its position is on revising the guidelines for public service vehicle providers regarding the treatment of wheelchair users.
Humza Yousaf: The Government will carefully consider the judgement regarding the use of wheelchair spaces on buses. It involves a reserved policy area and Transport Scotland will work with the UK Government and affected stakeholders in Scotland to develop policy options which satisfy the published outcome. [,,,]
S5W-6644 Ross Greer: To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the charitable status of private schools.
John Swinney: The Scottish Government does not have any plans to review the charitable status of independent schools at present.
The Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (“OSCR”) is responsible for determining charitable status in Scotland in accordance with the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. […] The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (‘the 2005 Act’) is reviewed regularly as part of the Scottish Government’s formal and informal engagement with OSCR.
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