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Gay men who were accused of homosexuality before laws were


scrapped will be pardoned. There are also plans to remove this from


police records. This is from our political editor, Brian Taylor.


Same-sex matter for celebration. Gay activist


Derek Hogg says it is a wonderful act of reconciliation but he


remembers a very different time in Scotland before the law was changed.


Working-class gay men in Scotland where the fire to come out, they


faced physical brutality and shaming and ostracism from their community.


Middle-class professional people lost their professional status. It


was a catastrophe in the lives of people and of course just the


silence of living with that sense of guilt year after year after year


drove many people to suicide to, the self harm come to drink and drugs.


At Holyrood, the Justice Secretary put it simply. We must right this


At Holyrood, the Justice Secretary wrong. He explained how. Will want


to produce an automatic pardoned for people convicted so they know they


are absolved fully of that conviction. We want to address the


injustice that people experience in the because of their sexual


orientation. There will also be moves to disregard such conviction


and inform police records. In England, different reform is under


way following the posthumous pardon granted to Alan Turing, the wartime


computer code breaker. There is a long history here, while sexual acts


between women were not specifically outlawed, it was 1980, 13 years


after England, before gay sex was legalised in Scotland with men aged


over 21. In 1994, the age of consent was registered to 18, then the 16 in


2001, creating equality. The first same-sex marriage in Scotland was at


the end of 2014. Today's announcement won cross-party


the end of 2014. Today's support. That is a hugely welcome


announcement, in fact nothing short of an historic moment for Scotland


to be a more equal and respectful country. Both Kezia Dougdale and


Patrick Harvie raised the issue of a formal apology for past laws. While


many welcome a pardon, others take from it they are being forgiven for


having done something wrong. The Cabinet Secretary promised to look


seriously at that issue in the pardoned law is introduced.


Plans for the expansion of Heathrow's third runway has been


welcomed by the Scottish Government, Scottish airports and businesses


who want to see improved options for air connections.


But environmentalists are warning it's a backward step.


So what are the implications of this project?


Here's our Business and Economy Editor, Douglas Fraser.


One product you don't have two F rate the market. This patch will be


ready about the time the next Heathrow runway comes into use. This


distillery near Inverness has trouble requirements. Frustrated by


London's airport bottleneck. It is not that important for us to get out


because we know how to get out, but for distributors and their customers


coming in, they need a smooth transition, and Heathrow usually is


the airport of choice. London has lots of airport capacity but not


enough where it's needed, at Heathrow and Gatwick. That is where


feeder flights can link to the world, but what about the noise, say


Heathrow's neighbours, and aircraft emissions? The concerns are that we


received a significant increase, 70% by 2030. It will increase pollution,


make the demands that the planet is facing, carbon emissions, even more


stark. Frei Scottish airports link with Heathrow but the British


Airways monopolies wishes prices up. Airways monopolies wishes prices up.


-- pushes prices up. Not the setting has come at an economic cost, while


other global hubs have been grabbing market share. We need to have this


as soon as possible. Because of the delays we have had over many years,


what you are seeing is further development in western Europe, and


in Dubai and Istanbul, and that isn't the cost of the UK. After


consultation and potential legal challenges, a hard-fought Commons


vote, we are still a long way from the bulldozers moving in. Some


Gatwick supporters think Heathrow's plans will never happen. They face


too many large obstacles. I am frustrated as a taxpayer and a


businessman and an airport guy who just wants to see progress. This is


a vote for no progress. But in the end we just have to get on with what


we do. There is a catch, the aviation market is changing.


Edinburgh and other major Scottish airports are not just looking to get


people in and out of London, they are looking for direct routes,


indeed they are already flying them to European cities, North America


and the Middle East and eventually they hope to Asia. With that kind of


growth, Edinburgh might need another runway too, in at least 25 years.


Douglas Fraser, reporting Scotland. Well, our news reporter,


Steven Duff, is at Aberdeen Airport Steven, is it possible to say


what impact he heathrow expansion plans might have on people flying


to and from Scotland? What has been the reaction? We have


further consent from Edinburgh airport and from environmental


groups, but from the north-east, there has been long-time support for


an extension of Heathrow. The feeling is that was the best way to


maintain and improve connectivity, with London and abroad. The Grampian


Chambers of commerce says that the government finally appears to have


grasped the nettle and it will be at the forefront of the consultations


to follow. They are reporting since the Inverness- Heathrow link was


reinstated after 20 years in May there has been a surge in tourists,


1450% of those saying they connected internationally via Heathrow. Of


course it is also about maintaining links, Glasgow, Inverness and


Heathrow, and the government say they will have the links maintained


with this decision. It also could be new links. Prestwick has been


mentioned, even Dundee apparently. When decision is finally reached, it


will be well over a decade before passengers in Scotland notice any


difference. Scottish universities have raised


concerns about the future of European research funding


in the wake of Brexit. The principal of Glasgow


university says he believes it The University of the Highlands


and Islands says it's having to put major projects on hold


until the situation becomes clear. Our science correspondent


Kenneth Macdonald has this report. Scottish science punches above its


weight. They get a far bigger share of the UK's science budget than the


size of our population might suggest. Why? Because we are good at


it. In European funding, as in the UK, Scottish research attracts more


than our population's share, what is called the southern framework


programme between 2007 in 2013 attracted the support of almost 730


million euros. The current programme, a 2020, has brought us


almost 300 million so far. -- Horizon 2020. So while Brexit


meaning Brexit, what will it mean the Scottish research perhaps more


than all those Euros? Universities in Scotland are a fantastic asset in


this country, two in the top hundred, 45 in the top 200. That is


an asset that we really don't want to lose and it could be imperilled.


Of course it is one aim for us because science doesn't really


respect borders. I know from my own research background, to push back


the frontiers and to make real progress, much of it involves


international collaboration. The Scottish Government says it is


concerned about the uncertainty and points the finger at the UK


Government. The Treasury says funding for specific projects will


continue beyond the UK's departure from the EU but that may not be


enough for a major scheme to improve skills. A large part of that will be


funding higher level qualifications, including quite a substantial number


of postgraduate places, doctorates. Fine, we know that a lot of that


funding has been confirmed, in the short-term, but doctorate takes


three and a half to four years. We cannot in all honesty start any of


these big major projects when we don't know that the funding is going


to be confirmed 100% long-term. Are there any upsides? Science is


international and resilient. Scotland played a role in the two


biggest breakthroughs this entry, the Higgs boson and the discovery of


gravitational waves, both the result of collaboration is far bigger than


the EU. But what is happening now is that


Brexit has opened up a world of uncertainty, and although we may not


yet know exactly what is under threat, we do know what's at stake.


A bin lorry driver has been jailed for a year for causing the death


Scott Hamilton reversed his vehicle into a mobility scooter being driven


by Peter Wills near the pensioner's home at Dunblane in December 2014.


44-year-old Hamilton had earlier pleaded guilty at the High Court


in Stirling to causing death by careless driving by failing


A female police officer who was badly injured along


with a colleague in a hit-and-run attack in Glasgow has


The officers were trying to speak to people inside a blue


Nissan Qashqai in Glasgow on Sunday night when it was deliberately


Police have now confirmed that the vehicle, which was later


found burned out, had been stolen, and they are treating the attack


Scotland's prisons watchdog wants more help for offenders


who are released into the community at the end of their sentence.


The Chief Inspector of Prisons says too often people leave jail


without knowing where they'll sleep or whether their health care


needs will be met - and it makes reoffending


Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.


Scotland's prison population is the Losa seven years, and overall the


annual inspection report is positive. Praise for staff who work


with prisoners about to be released. This report please to be publishing


today. David Strand says there should be better integration of


their work with services provided in the community by local authorities,


the NHS and charities. I see too many people leaving prison not


knowing where they are going to sleep that night, people with health


care problems, not sure whether addiction support will come, and


people leaving with insufficient money to support them until their


benefits are June. This lack of support, he says, is one of the many


reasons why many offenders return quickly to prison. This challenge


for society is being tackled by charities like the wise group.


Mentors, many of themselves with prison records, help those about to


leave jail and four of the year until their sentence is ended. They


offer practical support and advice on how to keep out of trouble. It


has been six months, and there is a real empathy, because we do


understand. A lot of the guys I have worked with, from the team, there is


a real deep understanding in the whole team, and a real specialism.


But the charities concerned that funding could come to an end.


You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.


Gay rights campaigners welcome the Scottish Government's decision


to pardon men who were convicted of homosexual offences


Concern from Scotland rugby's head coach that his international squad


members with English clubs may not be released for the autumn


A world-wide forum of disability experts


The Rehabilitation International Congress was last held in the UK


The topics discussed and society's attitudes towards disabled people


has changed radically since then, as our reporter Ian Hamilton


One of the issues they will be discussing here at the


rehabilitation International Congress is that lack of investment


into people with disabilities. Governments were happy to win


Paralympic medals bending wave that way but what about other elements of


life? If you invest in employment, way but what about other elements of


training, independent living and other areas of their life, then we


will also hit gold in those areas too. Gathered here are some of the


top disability experts on the road. They will be developing ideas that


will influence government policy around the globe. What Edinburgh can


learn is to take on board and look at what other countries have got in


their systems. At a forum like this where you can have those


conversations with people just sat around a table, like we are now, it


is where you learn from each other I think more than anything. Greens I


think we need to do is also change our social access and our mentality


around disability because it is not just about having a really


accessible venue for accessible coding, it is about staff having


disability awareness training and having the right attitude to treat


disabled people with the respect they deserve. This week is all about


exchanging ideas. We all want to make sure we have policies that


allow people with disabilities to fulfil their potential. That means


having an inclusive approach to policy-making. So there's lots we


can learn but there's also lots of it we can offer other countries, in


terms of how we do things in Scotland. 1000 delegates, 200


speakers from 60 different countries will be here until Thursday to find


new ways of delivering services to an increasingly disabled global


population. Time for a look at other stories


from across the country. There's been a reduction


in the number of people with alcohol related problems


being admitted to hospital, There were almost 35,000 such


admissions last year - A new possible sighting of missing


Dunfermline airman Corrie Mckeague The 23-year-old, based in Suffolk,


vanished after a night out Police said they had


received another possible sighting of him heading


towards an industrial estate. Olympic gold medallist


Callum Skinner joined veterans today for the launch of this years


Scottish Poppy Appeal. The fundraising campaign will see


around five million poppies being sold to help support the


Armed Forces community in Scotland. The Armed Forces are still dealing


with challenges around the world. The veterans deal with the


challenges that they've faced from their service over many years. With


the Armed Forces community getting smaller in Scotland, it's important


that the wider public understand what they've done for us over the


years and that their service is never forgotten.


A new teacher has been found for a school with just seven pupils


It follows a social media appeal launched by residents


after the former teacher left for family reasons.


Work has started on a new multi-sport venue in Aberdeen city


centre that has the backing of two of Europe's greatest footballers.


The run down basketball court will become Scotland's


first Cruyff Court - the brainchild of the late Dutch


It's also received support from the Denis Law Legacy Trust.


A community bid to take over the former Portobello Old Parish


Church in Edinburgh, has been given the go-ahead


It will be the first urban community buy-out under new legislation.


Locals want to turn the church into a multi-purpose community hub.


In football, Sir Alex Ferguson says Scotland will need to beat England


at Wembley if they're to have a chance of qualifying for


After a disappointing start to their campaign


for the national team, the match is set for November.


Sir Alex, though, is optimistic that the Scots can get back on track


with a win against their arch rivals, as David Currie reports.


Two of Scotland's biggest personalities, and one of the


sport's biggest prizes. Although that's an oversized version of the


European Championship trophy. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and


Sir Alex Ferguson in Glasgow, highlighting its role as one of 13


cities hosting matches in the 2020 finals. The actual European final


trophy is on display in Glasgow today, too. But it will be fair to


say that the minds of most Scottish football fans aren't on that.


They're on the World Cup and Scotland's prospects of qualifying


for the tournament in Russia in two years' time. Strachan's Scotland


have just two points from three qualifying matches. His team face


England next at Wembley. But he wasn't talking to media types like


me about that today. The man who managed Aberdeen and Manchester


United was. I think that they have to win it. It's no problem, they can


win it. Scotland always do well against England. It's always a great


incentive, and the support will be fantastic. I don't know how many


will be that, but whatever they allocate in Scotland it will be


trouble that you will find tickets I. The Scotland boss's current


manager is also hoping he and his team deliver at Wembley. We need to


get our performance back on track at Wembley and get our position


improved if we have any chance of qualifying. Gordon knows how


important this is for the fans. The branding for the Glasgow part of


Euro 2020 features a graphic Clyde Arc, that is the squinty Bridge to


you and me. Scotland's Rugby head coach,


Vern Cotter, says no team should try to stop a player


representing his nation. The top English sides have voted


to not release Scotland players for the Autumn tests,


unless the SRU settle allegedly Cotter also revealed he's


"disappointed" to be Wildly the Next Generation honed


their skills on a tour of the national rugby stadium, the man in


charge of Scotland's first 15 fields questions about a row with top


English teams who say their players might represent Scotland and less


allegedly outstanding medical bills are settled. You can't deny people


the opportunity to play. Even though it may be frustrating at times when


you have players leaving or injured or coming back injured,


International rugby is important fixtures and it's pretty tough to


try and deprive a player of that possibility to play for his country.


A gig of the autumn Test series, the World Cup runners-up Australia are


here at Murrayfield one fortnight on Saturday. Head coach Vern Cotter


will need his strongest available squad. But because of the club


versus country row, he's not sure whether his English -based players


will be available to him. The five in question are the Saracens duo of


Sean Maitland and Duncan Taylor. Fellow back Tim Visser of


harlequins. Forward Moray Low of the Exeter Chiefs. And most crucially of


all, Gloucester's Greg Laidlaw, the Scotland captain. You cannot have a


Scotland test periods without the Scottish captain. Greg Laidlaw is in


there as the Scottish captain for three games. He should not be


deprived of the rights to play for his country. And he should not be


used as a political pawn between a group of clubs and a nation?


Absolutely. This is rugby politics group of clubs and a nation?


gone wrong. This is so bad for the game. It's a distraction Vern Cotter


gone wrong. This is so bad for the could do without as he prepares


gone wrong. This is so bad for the his last autumn test with Scotland.


He will be replaced next summer by the Glasgow Warriors head coach


Gregor Townsend. If you're doing the Glasgow Warriors head coach


something and you want to go somewhere and you've got objectives


in mind, that's the deal that done. We just move on. Moving on this


autumn will be less of an ordeal if key players like as captain can join


the party. All this month the festival Luminate


has been celebrating the creativity It shares stories of ageing and


explores what growing older means. And for one film-maker,


what began as a single film has inspired an entire festival -


within the festival. Our Arts Correspondent,


Pauline McLean, reports. For film-maker Duncan, this


Edinburgh care home was a starting point for his latest film project.


Having encouraged his reluctant grandfather put on film-maker,


he wanted to persuade other older people to the same.


Five residents took up the challenge and spent the last few months


Choosing the direction of themselves has allowed them


We have all opted for different styles of music, everyone


has a least one form of story and then to tell.


May is one of the newest residents and at the age of 86


decided her family was the most interesting story


My son seemed quite thrilled about it but they kept telling me


that Hollywood would be here and all of this kind


But in one week, it was quite exciting, in one way.


The film has been commissioned at the Luminate Festival


which encourages older people to continue to be creative and there


One of the residents spoke about how she wanted to do things like this


in her life but had not been given the opportunity and,


you know, I do not think at the age of 90 she expected to have this


opportunity to do this and dedicate this film that we made


The films will be shown at a special screening in the home


and it is all that it will reach a wider audience at


Who knows, if successful, there could be a sequel.


Now here's Shelley Jofre with details of Scotland 2016.


Tonight we're arresting how much economic benefit the new runway at


Heathrow would bring to Scotland. And at what cost to the environment.


And the international debate on improving disability rights comes to


Edinburgh. Join me over on BBC Two at 10:30pm.


There are some lovely blue skies for many of us, this was Glasgow this


morning. Later this afternoon, beautiful blue skies through the


capital. There is change afoot this week. The easterly that we have had


which has been so predominant is changing to a westerly. That means


we will see some weather fronts coming in off the Atlantic with more


cloud and wind around. Through the course of this evening, the cloud


that we've seen building today, you can see it on the satellite picture.


That's going to stay with us. You can see a weather front in the


north-west, cloud streaming its way in. We hold onto tonight. Cloudy,


breezy, much milder than last night. For some, a little bit damp. Here is


the rain edging in across the north-west. Fairly light and patchy


for many. The further south and east you are, the drier it will be. A dip


in temperature in the east, but temperatures here will recover. In


the West, much milder than last night. It was -5 Celsius in Tulloch


Bridge last night. Breezy, cloudier and outbreaks of rain moving their


way south and east through the course of the day on Wednesday.


Through the central belt by lunchtime and down towards the


borders before fizzling away. By mid afternoon for Central and southern


Scotland, cloudy with a few showers. Much milder than today. 13-14


Celsius. Further north, spells of sunshine coming through but also a


number of blustery showers. It will be a windy day tomorrow with a


strong south-westerly wind around the west coast and across the


aisles. Through the course of the evening, the showers seemed to fade


away. Fairly breezy and certainly not too cold. Thursday we do it all


again. A weather front in the north-west bringing outbreaks of


rain slowly edging south and eastwards. The further south and


east you are, generally, the drier it will be. Friday, the winds coming


from the West again. The best of any sunshine across the north and


north-east. Now, a reminder of


tonight's main news... Gay men who were convicted


of homosexuality before Scots Law was changed in 1980 are to be given


a full pardon. The Scottish Government's Justice


Secretary Michael Matheson said Our next main bulletin is just


after the ten o'clock news. Until then, from everyone


on the team - good evening.


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