Results 81–100 of 4728 for speaker:Roseanna Cunningham

Scottish Parliament: Vacant and Derelict Land (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am not sure that I got all of that question. I think, from what I could hear, that Claudia Beamish is asking about those people who live nearest to vacant and derelict land sites. The 2019 survey on that issue identified that just four Scottish councils contain between them over 50 per cent of all recorded derelict and vacant land. We are conscious of the issues for the communities living...

Scottish Parliament: Flooding (Urban Drainage) (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: In the investment period 2015-21, the Scottish Government tasked Scottish Water with investing in its sewer infrastructure, primarily to reduce the risk to customers of internal flooding. Scottish Water estimates that it will invest up to £190 million in measures to reduce sewer flood risk. I have also discussed with Scottish Water its surface water policy, which aims to significantly reduce...

Scottish Parliament: Flooding (Urban Drainage) (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I think that I have outlined the investment and the on-going work to deal with the infrastructure problems. Daniel Johnson is correct, however, about the nature of the problem, which is becoming more acute. I am aware of the situation in Polwarth Grove, in his constituency, which has no history of sewer flooding. I think that Scottish Water has written to him to confirm that the flooding was...

Scottish Parliament: Flooding (Urban Drainage) (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am aware of the case that Edward Mountain raises, and I think that Scottish Water has already been directly in contact with his constituent. Certainly, in the first instance, the best way forward is to open dialogue directly with the organisations concerned.

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Reduction (Farms and Crofts) (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Scotland is halfway to meeting our world-leading target of net zero emissions by 2045 from the 1990 baseline, which is good long-term progress. In western Europe, we are second only to Sweden in long-term emissions reductions. Farming and crofting are playing their part in that progress. Last month, we established a £1.5 million fund to create more woodland and small farms and crofts. In the...

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Reduction (Farms and Crofts) (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The new fund of £1.5 million for small farms and crofters to create small-scale woods and shelter belts on their landholdings is the applicable support in this case. The funds will also support the purchase of specialist forestry equipment for those small-scale operations; the funds will be available to tenant farmers, as well as owners and crofters. I want to ensure that the small farms...

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Reduction (Farms and Crofts) (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I would be happy to discuss directly with Liam McArthur the issue that he has raised. I am conscious that our islands face particular challenges in respect of a number of areas, of which that is one. I will engage directly with the member on that issue.

Scottish Parliament: United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I spoke to COP26 president Alok Sharma regarding the decision that was taken on 1 April to postpone COP26. He has since visited Scotland, but he declined to meet either me or anyone else from the Scottish Government. I hope to engage with him again soon to discuss COP26 and our Governments’ shared ambition to deliver net zero economies. My officials are, of course, in regular contact with...

Scottish Parliament: United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The Scottish ministers have already made clear their expectation that all costs arising from the decision to hold COP26 in Glasgow will be borne by the UK Government. Core costs must include funding for the police, fire and ambulance services and other key stakeholders both to prepare for and to deliver a safe, secure and successful event. In the spirit of partnership, we offered Glasgow...

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The programme for government has the net zero aim at the heart of its focus on new jobs, good jobs and green jobs. For example, our groundbreaking £1.6 billion commitment will transform heat and energy efficiency as part of an enhanced green new deal. It will drive Scotland’s green recovery, and could directly support up to 5,000 green jobs while tackling fuel poverty and rapidly...

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We are aligning our commitments to green skills and training to well-targeted investments in heat, housing, active travel and natural infrastructure that will drive demand in green markets and deliver those green jobs. To support that work, the youth guarantee, in which we have invested £60 million, will include green apprenticeships, and our £25 million national transition training fund...

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We are having those discussions across Government and directly with those in all our relevant portfolio areas, as the member might expect. I regularly discuss the issue of green jobs, as does my colleague Fergus Ewing, and I know that other colleagues do so as well. If there is a register of all those discussions immediately available, we will try to flag as much as possible to Liz Smith....

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Issues (Discussions with United Kingdom Government) (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The Scottish ministers have regular contact with the UK Government with regard to environmental issues. With the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism and the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, I participate in monthly four-nation interministerial meetings in which environmental issues are discussed. Communiqués regarding past meetings of the interministerial...

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Issues (Discussions with United Kingdom Government) (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As the Committee on Climate Change has noted, our ability to deliver a green recovery in Scotland will rely heavily on willingness and action from the UK Government, given the substantial responsibilities and regulatory controls that remain reserved. The member is correct to point out that the other side of that coin is that the UK Government requires us to achieve our targets if it is to...

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Increase (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As I have already reported to Parliament, changes to the national energy mix and freezing temperatures from the beast from the east during the early months of 2018 contributed to a rise in emissions from energy supply and heating use for buildings. However, to set that in context, emissions reductions were recorded in all other sectors, including transport, industry and agriculture. The...

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Increase (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: On behalf of my colleague the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, I point out that significant sums of money were given to local authorities over the period of the Covid emergency to allow them to put in place walking and cycling routes in areas that they deemed to be the most appropriate. Those routes have been shown to be very successful. The Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Increase (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Agriculture is home to the majority of methane and nitrous oxide emissions in Scotland, and we are working with the industry and other stakeholders to identify and encourage practices that can reduce those emissions—for example, through the advice that is provided by the Farm Advisory Service and Farming for a Better Climate or through the requirements of the beef efficiency scheme. We also...

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Increase (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As the member is actively involved in the discussions that we are currently having, she will know that the work that is being done will be published in December. However, the Government as a whole is looking very carefully at how we might allocate the low carbon fund, which is worth £2 billion and will clearly be impactful in a number of areas. The point that I want to make is that such...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Update on Plans) (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As I have already indicated, the update to our 2018 climate change plan will be published in December and will set out a pathway to meeting Scotland’s world-leading targets over the period until 2032. Although the update was previously due in April, the global pandemic has meant that we have been operating in a changed landscape. However, although our starting point has changed, our...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Update on Plans) (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Despite the impact of Covid-19, we remain committed to the ambitious vision for Scotland’s transport system that was set out in the national transport strategy 2. We have continued to progress the switch to ultra-low-emission vehicles since the switched on Scotland action plan was launched in 2017. We have also invested significantly in growing and developing the ChargePlace Scotland...


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