Results 181–200 of 4728 for speaker:Roseanna Cunningham

Scottish Parliament: Fly Tipping (5 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Fly tipping is primarily a matter for local authorities, but it is illegal and unnecessary. Valuable resources that could be recycled go to waste, and it creates an expensive problem, often with the costs being met from the public purse. We have provided the revised code of practice on litter and refuse, given local authorities and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency powers to fine...

Scottish Parliament: Fly Tipping (5 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We will always look at potential changes—I will not say “solutions”—that might help the situation. I would need to speak to colleagues with other portfolios about the idea, as the member will be aware, given her personal background. Other things are happening, and we need to remember that decisions regarding both the issue that the member raises and others tend to come on the back of...

Scottish Parliament: Fly Tipping (5 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As the member may realise from what I have said, we are committed to reducing littering and delivering against the national litter strategy, which covers more than just the specific issue of fly ti pping. In 2018, we published the updated code of practice on litter and refuse, and we intend to introduce a new penalty regime for littering from vehicles as part of the proposed circular economy...

Scottish Parliament: Carrier Bag Charging Scheme (Exemptions) (27 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: W e have no plans to review the exemptions under the Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014. Our approach to exemptions was carefully considered and was based on experience in other countries. As far as I am aware, our recent consultation on proposals for legislation on the circular economy, which included a question on increasing the carrier bag charge, raised no issues...

Scottish Parliament: Carrier Bag Charging Scheme (Exemptions) (27 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The single-use carrier bag charge applies to both plastic and paper bags. The exemption in the regulations for bags for prescription medicines was asked for by pharmacists in order to protect people’s privacy when collecting medicines, and that confidentiality remains important. We will, however, monitor any developments in the policy in Wales. I am glad that many pharmacies are already...

Scottish Parliament: River Esk (Pollution) (27 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am, of course, aware of the recent pollution incident in the River Esk. Scottish Water is committed to cleaning up any sewage-related debris arising from any discharges in storm conditions. In addition, Scottish Water is making regular checks along the River Esk for any signs of sewer debris and is actively working to encourage people to stop flushing the wrong items. In order to minimise...

Scottish Parliament: River Esk (Pollution) (27 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Operation of the sewer network is a matter for Scottish Water. As the member will be aware, discharges from outfalls generally occur during extreme storm conditions, not during regular operation. Scottish Water has committed to investigate any recurring network issues. As I indicated in my earlier answer, SEPA intends to visit farms in the catchment and work with land managers in respect of...

Scottish Parliament: COP26 (Global South) (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: It is important that COP26 is inclusive and includes representatives from the global south, whose countries are among those that are least responsible for the global climate emergency but are being affected first and most severely by it. The Scottish Government will seek to develop a programme of opportunities whereby all voices can be heard in a respectful and collaborative way. We will also...

Scottish Parliament: COP26 (Global South) (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The world is facing a climate emergency and we must now move to a net zero future in a way that is fair and just. COP26 can set us on that course, but it has to be a shared endeavour and we are determined that political differences will not play any part in it. The Scottish Government has continually demonstrated our commitment to delivering a successful COP26 in partnership and collaboration...

Scottish Parliament: COP26 (Global South) (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: COP26 in Glasgow has the potential to be a very significant moment in our global efforts to tackle the climate crisis. I assure people that, globally, folk are looking forward very much to the event. It is really important that it does not end up being about political differences, because on climate change there is a huge degree of cross-party collaboration, not just here. In fairness, the UK...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency Challenges (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We have responded to the global climate change emergency by committing to world-leading emissions reduction targets. Our challenge now is to adopt policies that make achieving those targets a reality. Work is under way to produce an update of our climate change plan in April. The Committee on Climate Change has been clear that achieving Scotland’s net zero target is a collective...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency Challenges (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Since 2012, we have invested over £30 million of funding in developing the publicly available charging network in Scotland and we now have over 1,200 charge points, including 275 rapid chargers. We are committed to continuing to expand the network until 2022. In June last year, we announced £20 million of funding through our switched on towns and cities and local authority support...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency Challenges (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The Scottish Government continues to be as ambitious as it possibly can be in respect of a range of issues in the climate change portfolio, as the member knows particularly well. We are progressing. We are doing better than a vast number of countries; we are one of the global leaders. I should also say that we are well in advance of our colleagues in the rest of the United Kingdom.

Scottish Parliament: Plastic Packaging (Food and Drink) (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: For Scotland to become a net zero society will require long-term and sustainable changes to consumer and producer behaviour. We have engaged with food and drink manufacturers on a number of policy initiatives, most recently our circular economy bill proposals and the deposit return scheme for drinks containers. We are co-operating with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,...

Scottish Parliament: Plastic Packaging (Food and Drink) (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I welcome all steps that are being taken by big stores, particularly the giant supermarkets, because they could make a big impact in this area. We are engaging with the grocery supply chain, including retailers, through the UK plastics pact. That is a voluntary commitment, setting ambitious targets for signatories to reduce the amount of plastic packaging that they use and to work to improve...

Scottish Parliament: Plastic Packaging (Food and Drink) (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: It might have been advisable for Finlay Carson to put the word “allegedly” before the word “commence” because, at the moment, there is no certainty about when that scheme will proceed. We have devolved responsibility in this area. We can do these things in Scotland. I am therefore surprised that the Conservatives, who are constantly asking us to get on with doing things in the...

Scottish Parliament: Mossmorran (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I receive regular updates on developments at Mossmorran and officials are in very regular contact with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and others that have statutory responsibilities in relation to the plant. I appreciate the concerns of local communities following repeated unplanned flaring events during the past few years and have been clear that the situation needs to improve....

Scottish Parliament: Mossmorran (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am always prepared to consider what might be helpful interventions. I should, of course, point out that Mossmorran is a cross-portfolio issue, so any consideration would have to be given on that basis. I am aware of the climate camp. In my view, there is no doubt about this Government’s commitment to tackling climate change. We want to make sure that that is done in a just way. I am sure...

Scottish Parliament: Mossmorran (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I need to repeat what I said in my initial response: SEPA is an independent environmental regulator. I understand that SEPA is in the final stages of concluding its investigation into flaring in April 2019. The current focus is on completing a safe restart of the plant while minimising the impact on the neighbouring communities. SEPA will be in a position to conclude its investigation once...

Scottish Parliament: Mossmorran (5 Feb 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am assured that SEPA and, in fact, the Health and Safety Executive are monitoring developments very closely during the plant restart. Regulatory investigations must be allowed to take their course. As I understand it, the company is taking steps to reduce the size of the flare and to provide updates for the local community. As I said earlier, I appreciate the concerns and the anxiety of the...


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