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Scottish Parliament: Flood Prevention Measures (Lothian) (14 Jan 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: We do, of course, engage extensively with SEPA, Scottish Water and other relevant agencies—including the City of Edinburgh Council—on a wide range of issues to ensure that Scotland is resilient to the challenges of flooding and other climate pressures. National and local working groups provide a forum for discussion on issues including monitoring progress of the flood risk management...

Scottish Parliament: 26th Conference of the Parties (Preparations) (14 Jan 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: We are, of course, delighted to be hosting COP26 and look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate Scotland’s world-leading climate action as the eyes of the world turn to Glasgow. My officials continue to support planning preparations for delivery of a safe, secure and successful COP26 and they are working with partners to ensure that. That includes recent involvement in a safety and...

Scottish Parliament: 26th Conference of the Parties (Preparations) (14 Jan 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: Anas Sarwar will recognise that the situation with the pandemic is incredibly fluid. We are currently preparing for a COP26 in November, as previously desired. I anticipate that, as a result of what has happened, proceeding on that basis will probably involve a great deal more virtual work than would perhaps have been the case for previous COPs. The extent to which virtual work may become an...

Scottish Parliament: 26th Conference of the Parties (Preparations) (14 Jan 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: Beyond the operational readiness that I set out in response to Anas Sarwar, we are taking action across the board to prepare for COP26 around our agreed themes of just transition and people. We have recently published a draft public engagement strategy and we are partnering with Glasgow Science Centre on a community engagement programme. We were honoured with our appointment as co-chair of...

Scottish Parliament: 26th Conference of the Parties (Preparations) (14 Jan 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: Yes—I have been a formal part of the UK delegation in each year since I was appointed to this job. We have been consistently represented at the COPs since 2009 and we expect that to be the case at COP26. As I have already referenced, we will demonstrate our leadership at COP26 when, as co-chair of the under2 coalition, we will drive momentum and climate ambition on the global stage.

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My screen has not cleared, so I am not sure whether my vote is recorded.

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Throughout the passage of the bill, there has been a lot of debate about the framing of the duties in sections 10 and 11, in respect of the guiding principles on the environment. The duties on ministers and public authorities seek to ensure a continued role for domestic environmental principles informed by EU environmental principles in the development of law and policy in Scotland. In its...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Amendment 35 attempts to clarify the scope of the exclusion of finance and budget matters from the scope of the duties with respect to the guiding principles on the environment. As I have explained in correspondence with the committee, that exclusion is intended to refer to purely finance and budgetary processes. The provisions in section 10(3) of the bill reflect the exclusions that already...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am disappointed to see amendments 1 and 2 in the name of Claudia Beamish before us today. As she indicated, the amendments are identical to amendments that Angus MacDonald lodged at stage 2. He withdrew them and no other member sought to move them at that stage, following substantial discussion. I am confident that the model of environmental governance that is contained in the bill will be...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I thank Liz Smith for her co-operation in preparing amendment 3, which will support ongoing scrutiny of the approach to environmental protection and access to justice. The amendment adequately addresses the concerns that I raised at stage 2 regarding timescales for the work. The timescales that are set out in amendment 3 will provide sufficient opportunity for ESS to become a fully...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: A previous version of amendment 41 was lodged by Claudia Beamish at stage 2. It was not moved, after agreement to work together with a view to lodging at stage 3 an adjusted amendment, which is what we see now. Amendments 41 and 44 adequately address the concerns that I raised at stage 2 about the timescale for the preparation of the strategy and about how such a strategy would fit into the...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I agree that it is important to build the environment strategy into the bill. Amendment 41C would alter the duty on the Scottish ministers with respect to the environmental policy strategy when making policy, from “have regard to” to “have due regard to”. That would be consistent with the changes that I proposed to the duty with respect to the guiding principles on the environment,...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency Response Group (9 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I a m delighted that 90 per cent of this Government’s climate emergency response has been rated as meeting or making progress towards meeting the CRG’s proposals, with the group noting the disruptive impact of Covid-19. Our 2020-21 programme for government demonstrates our commitment to building a green recovery with transformative investment, including £1.6 billion for heat and energy...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency Response Group (9 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I do not recognise Jamie Greene’s characterisation of our response to the CRG’s asks. We have been working closely with the group over a considerable time to ensure that we can progress all aspects, which we both agree are absolutely necessary. However, Jamie Greene should, of course, be aware that there are always issues and concerns about particular matters that might make progress...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency Response Group (9 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As Claudia Beamish knows well, that issue extends beyond my portfolio. I am aware that the CRG flagged procurement as one of the areas in which not enough has been done. However, we continue to underpin our commitment with significant action. The CRG’s assessment on procurement does not reflect the innovative legal and policy levers that we have already embedded to drive climate ambition in...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency Response Group (9 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I n the face of the unwanted Brexit, Scotland remains a strong believer in international co-operation and is committed to working with Governments at all levels to drive a just transition to a net zero world. We will continue to work closely with a diverse array of Governments and organisations to achieve our collective goals. We will not accept being cut off from our friends in Europe and...

Scottish Parliament: Flood Defences (Local Authority Funding) (9 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Funding for flood schemes is linked to the prioritisation of actions that is set out in the flood risk management strategies and plans that are developed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and local authorities, in collaboration with other relevant bodies. The next round of strategies and plans will set out the work that needs to be prioritised for action by local authorities...

Scottish Parliament: Flood Defences (Local Authority Funding) (9 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am aware of the flooding in Cowdenbeath and wider Fife, and my sympathies go out to all those who have been impacted by it. As I indicated in my earlier answer, SEPA and local authorities are currently reviewing and updating the strategies and local plans. Those will be published for consultation next year and will set out the work that needs to be prioritised. The 14 strategies and plans...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping (9 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I wrote to the member last week about the action that we are taking against fly-tipping, but I am content to reiterate that fly-tipping is illegal, dangerous and unnecessary, and that we continue to work with local authorities and key partners on a range of prevention and mitigation activities. At national level, our waste management marketing campaign and web resource set out how the public...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping (9 Dec 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: In response to the concerns that have been expressed, we have worked with partners, through the waste and resources sector forum, to consider current and future measures. A range of actions, local and national, have been or are being progressed by SEPA through householder communications and enforcement measures to tackle illegal waste carriers. An enormous amount of good work is being done...


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