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Petition by Lynn Merrifielld  
 
Open Petitions - Petition PE1098  
Petition by Lynn Merrifield, on behalf of Kingseat Community Council, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make provision for every school bus to be installed with three point seatbelts for every school child passenger and to ensure that, as part of a local authority's consideration of 'Best Value' in relation to the provision of school buses, proper regard is given to the safety needs of the children.  
Petitioner: Lynn Merrifielld  
On behalf of: Kingseat Community Council 
Number of signatures: 1  
Date lodged: 9 November 2007  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1098 
Summary:

Written Submissions for PE1098  

Written Questions for PE1098  

18 December 2007 :   The Committee agreed to seek responses to the issues raised in the petition from the Scottish Government, UK Department for Transport, Fife Council, Moray Council, COSLA, Road Safety Scotland, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Link to Official Report 18 December 2007 

18 March 2008 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government to clarify what consideration and bearing the decision of Moray Council to provide seat belts on all its school buses will have and what encouragement it will give other local authorities to follow that Council and whether and how it will take forward the suggestion of Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People for a Children's Rights Impact Assessment of seat belts in school buses. It also agreed to write to COSLA to determine what level of discussion has taken place around the issues raised in the petition. Link to Official Report 18 March 2008 

7 October 2008 :   The Committee reaffirmed the merit of this petition and agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to the specific points raised during the meeting. Link to Official Report 7 October 2008 

10 February 2009 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to the specific points raised during the meeting. The Committee also agreed to invite the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change to appear before the Committee at a future meeting to answer questions on this issue and on the related petition PE1223. Link to Official Report 10 February 2009 

30 March 2009 :   The Committee took oral evidence from Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure & Climate Change.<Link to Official Report 30 March 2009  

16 June 2009 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a further response to specific points. <Link to Official Report 16 June 2009  

3 November 2009 :   The Committee agreed to take consideration of both petitions forward through a round table discussion at a future meeting. <Link to Official Report 3 November 2009 

15 December 2009 :   The Committee took evidence from Malcolm Bruce MP, Garth Goddard, Ewan Wallace, Josh Kane MSYP and Ron Beaty and agreed to write to the Scottish Government and the Department for Transport seeking responses to issues raised during the discussion. <Link to Official Report 15 December 2009 

15 March 2010 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to specific points. <Link to Official Report 15 March 2010 

15 June 2010 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Society of Chief Officers of Transportation Road Safety and Working Group, the Department for Transport, Strathclyde Police Force and Cumbria Police Force seeking a response to specific points. It also agreed to invite the Clerk to prepare and submit a paper on the future consideration of both petitions. <Link to Official Report 15 June 2010 

29 June 2010 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport in the Department for Transport, the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and the Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary to invite them to give evidence at its meeting on 26 October. <Link to Official Report 26 June 2010  

26 October 2010 :   The Committee took evidence from Mike Penning MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport; Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Scottish Government; Chief Superintendent Charlie Common, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and Chief Constable Mick Giannasi, Association of Chief Police Officers, and agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Department for Transport, Association of Chief Police Officers and the Welsh Assembly Government seeking responses to specific points.  

25 January 2011 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and Aberdeenshire Council seeking a response to specific points. Link to Official Report 25 January 2011" 

22 February 2011 :   The Committee agreed to invite the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure to give oral evidence at its meeting on 8 March 2011. Link to Official Report 22 February 2011" 

8 March 2011 :   The Committee took evidence from Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure; Jill Mulholland and Ian Robertson, Road Safety Team, Scottish Government. The Committee agreed to invite, in its legacy paper, the Session 4 Public Petitions Committee to give further consideration to these petitions. Link to Official Report 8 March 2011" 

28 June 2011 :   The Committee took evidence from Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Housing and Transport; Michelle Campbell, Road Safety Policy and Communications Manager; and Ian Robertson, Road Safety Policy Officer, Transport Scotland and agreed to continue the petition and write to the Scottish Government seeking futher information on specific issues. Link to Official Report 28 June 2011" 

 
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