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Scottish Parliament: Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (Teachers) (7 Oct 2021)

Sarah Boyack: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how many additional qualified teachers of children and young people with vision impairment will be recruited as part of its commitment to recruit 1,000 new teachers and 500 pupil support assistants in the next academic year. (S6O-00256)

Scottish Parliament: Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (Teachers) (7 Oct 2021)

Sarah Boyack: In the past decade, the number of visually impaired young people in our schools has doubled, and a large number of qualified teachers of visually impaired children and young people will reach retirement age in the next decade. The quickest route to qualification is postgraduate education, which costs about £9,500. If people go down the competence route, it takes a lot longer. Will the...

Scottish Parliament: Heat in Buildings Strategy (7 Oct 2021)

Sarah Boyack: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests. The statement does not include reference to the opportunity to develop community and co-operative-launched heat and power networks. In the Non-domestic Rates (Scotland) Act 2020, we agreed to rates relief to such low-carbon heat networks. Will the minister agree to build on the experience of existing networks such as the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland on Tour Fund (30 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: Does the minister support the initiative of Alison McGovern MP to ask Europe for support for visas for the touring industry, so that members of that industry can tour not just in Scotland but in the rest of Europe?

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Impact on Supply Chain and Labour Market (30 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: Today’s debate needs to focus on how we address the crisis that many of our constituents are facing because of the impact of a badly thought-through and chaotic Tory Brexit. The Labour amendment proposes removing the final phrase of the SNP coalition Government’s motion. Although we deeply regret leaving the EU, people voted for it, and the SNP knows that many of their supporters also...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Impact on Supply Chain and Labour Market (30 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: When Labour was in charge in the Scottish Parliament, we negotiated people having the ability to stay in Scotland after they had graduated from university, so we understand the importance of the Scottish Government having the flexibility to work with the UK Government. Earlier, at portfolio question time, I mentioned the work that my colleague Alison McGovern is doing, which involves going...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Impact on Supply Chain and Labour Market (30 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: There was absolutely nothing in my speech saying that we supported Brexit. If the minister looks at the numbers, he will see that more than 1 million people in Scotland voted for Brexit. I was not one of them, but I bet a lot of them were SNP supporters.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (Backlog) (16 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how it will address the backlog in national health service dentistry. (S6O-00162)

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (Backlog) (16 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: I previously received a response that said that a record number of people are registered with an NHS dentist, but constituents are writing to me with their concern that they are still unable to find an NHS dentist with whom they can register, and that delays in appointments are not getting shorter. I am also aware of NHS dentists who have gone private. Is the minister not concerned about that...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (16 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: On a point of order, Presiding Officer, my machine would not connect in time. I would have abstained. Thank you.

Scottish Parliament: Valneva Covid-19 Vaccine (14 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: It is very welcome to hear from the cabinet secretary that the decision should not impact access to vaccines. Does that include the possibility of 12 to 15-year-olds being given vaccinations and older people getting boosters? Will it impact the surplus that the cabinet secretary referred to and the possibility of the Scottish Government supporting people from low-income countries who are...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2021-22 (7 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: It has been an interesting debate. Scottish Labour will welcome some elements of the programme for government, but we want to be a constructive Opposition party, so where we think that the Scottish Government is getting it wrong or not going far enough, we will hold the Government to account and suggest the alternative routes that it needs to take. For example, we will support Anne’s law...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2021-22 (7 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: Let us make this session of Parliament successful. Let us not pull our country apart. Let us work together, because even the SNP supporters of independence have warned about the decades that it would take to recover from leaving the UK and about the fact that it would be 10 times worse than Brexit. Let us think about that.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2021-22 (7 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: Let us focus on what the Parliament was set up to deliver.

Scottish Parliament: Arts Funding (National Planning Framework 4) (2 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will commit to enshrining a rule in the national planning framework 4, where, for every new building, 1 per cent of the cost is given to the arts. (S6O-00093)

Scottish Parliament: Arts Funding (National Planning Framework 4) (2 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: Does the minister accept that there is a need for increased investment in our arts and that one way in which we can provide that, which is being used in many countries around the world, is to ensure that a per cent for art regime is in place through the planning system? That will enable local authorities and communities to get the investment that they desperately need not just as they recover...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting the People of Afghanistan (2 Sep 2021)

Sarah Boyack: I welcome the opportunity to debate what we can do now to support the people of Afghanistan. The debate must be about our responsibilities to the people of a country that we have been involved with for 20 years, and today we need to unite as a Parliament and show our support for humanitarian action, the civil rights of the Afghan people and women’s rights, in particular. We do not have time...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (3 Aug 2021)

Sarah Boyack: Constituents who are upset about the cost of testing in advance of people travelling abroad have been in touch with me. Could the NHS not charge a nominal fee to provide that service and cover the costs while ensuring that a safe and reliable public service is available? Not all travel is for holidays. Many people have families abroad or they need to travel for work, especially those who work...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (13 Jul 2021)

Sarah Boyack: [ Inaudible .]—on the NHS, with regard to the capacity for planned operations and the rise in delayed discharge levels. What additional care packages are being put in place so that people are supported and enabled to leave hospital? Are all patients now automatically tested for Covid before being discharged?

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill (24 Jun 2021)

Sarah Boyack: I have a question about the impact of the legislation and the reporting framework on theatres and cultural venues. The impact of the restrictions is a critical issue for them as they are planning ahead for Christmas performances. They also have issues about how the restrictions will operate over the next few weeks. Can further clarity be given on the limits on the numbers of people who are...


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