Results 1–20 of 2042 for speaker:Angela Constance

Scottish Parliament: Oaths and Affirmations (13 May 2021)

Angela Constance: took the oath.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Angela Constance: Following the First Minister’s announcement in January of a national mission to save and improve lives, I am pleased that we have secured time for this very important debate before the end of the parliamentary session to update Parliament on the work that is being pursued to address rising drug-related deaths, which is Scotland’s other public health emergency and Scotland’s national...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Angela Constance: I appreciate the point that Mr Findlay makes. He might not know it, but I, too, appreciate challenging and prickly voices, and I am determined to hear the widest range of voices and views. To do that, we will bring together existing organisations to provide that voice of lived and living experience for the first time. I believe that that marks a significant new approach in how we reach those...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Angela Constance: I will come on to how the Government will lead the plans at a national level in more detail and how funding will be used as a lever for change. To go back to the naloxone training, only last week a police officer was able to use their kit—just two hours after being trained—on someone who had had an overdose, thus helping to keep them alive until paramedics arrived. It is vital that we...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Angela Constance: That is, indeed, of vital importance, which is why specific funds will be available only to third sector and grass-roots organisations. The first two funds that I will announce build on those that I announced in February. First, the communities fund will be relaunched with easier access criteria. It will be for community-based projects and will be designed to support people to access...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Angela Constance: I have very much appreciated the contributions of all members who have spoken in the debate—in particular, those of members who are planning to leave Parliament and who have just made their final speeches. Of course, Jenny Marra is an old sparring partner of mine from our days in the youth employment portfolio. She has often spoken of the tension and stresses involved in fulfilling our...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Angela Constance: Yes.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Angela Constance: I cannot think of any other such area. There are, absolutely, issues for people who are 35 or 45 and who have a long history of taking drugs. That has an enormous impact on their physical and mental health, which means that they might not be as healthy or as fit as people who are over 50, like Neil Findlay and me. However, with drug-related deaths, over the past two years, we have seen a rise...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Angela Constance: I could probably have just about accepted the Conservative amendment. However, if the Government can listen to campaigners, lived experience, recovery organisations and the Parliament to make a long-term commitment to residential rehab of £100 million over the next five years, surely that should not be without an expectation that the Conservatives will be bold and say clearly that they...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Angela Constance: No, because I am conscious of time. My apologies to Jenny Marra. Our core aim is to get more people into treatment to save lives. We must ensure that our emergency work is absolutely embedded in our work to improve lives. Our services need to stick with people, and there should be no running out of chances. Today’s debate is not unconnected to the debate that we had a few days ago about...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (3 Feb 2021)

Angela Constance: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Despite refreshing the app on my phone, I was not given the opportunity to vote. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (3 Feb 2021)

Angela Constance: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I am sorry but, once again, I was not given an opportunity to vote. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths (14 Jan 2021)

Angela Constance: Every day in Scotland, three of our fellow citizens—someone’s brother, sister, son or daughter—die from a drug-related death. I put on record my condolences to all families who have lost a loved one. Those deaths are both tragic and preventable. I thank Monica Lennon for securing this critical debate, and I thank all members who have participated for their contributions, commitment and...

Scottish Parliament: Residential Drug Rehabilitation (Impacts) (23 Dec 2020)

Angela Constance: Residential treatment plays an important role in supporting recovery and in preventing drug-related harm and deaths. The residential rehabilitation working group has now provided advice on how we ensure that everyone who requires residential rehab has access when they need it. We will respond to all the recommendations made by the working group and, in the new year, set out how we will...

Scottish Parliament: Residential Drug Rehabilitation (Impacts) (23 Dec 2020)

Angela Constance: Mr Briggs was the first parliamentarian to write to me, last Friday night at 10 o’clock, and he is the first parliamentarian to ask me a parliamentary question. Let me be clear with him. I am committed to residential rehab, as I know the power that it has to change lives. I am also committed to offering a full range of treatment options to ensure that people get the right care, treatment...

Scottish Parliament: Residential Drug Rehabilitation (Impacts) (23 Dec 2020)

Angela Constance: My engagement has already started. The first people I have met in my role as minister have been people with lived experience, and I have also spoken to people whose families have been devastated by addiction and drug use. The member made points about the pandemic and how increasing restrictions bring the danger of increasing isolation. It is that isolation that our services on the ground,...

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

Angela Constance: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I had the same problem as Mr Wheelhouse, as a message came up about my digital voting connection. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (15 Dec 2020)

Angela Constance: Out-of-school care networks have benefited from the full range of job retention, business, enterprise and third sector support funds, but they are now having to close projects in my constituency because of the fall in demand that has resulted from home working. What further support will be provided to get those services for children and their working parents over the last hurdle, to ensure...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (2 Dec 2020)

Angela Constance: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I am sorry to say that the app on my phone would not allow me to vote. I would have abstained.

Scottish Parliament: Covid Restrictions (West Lothian) (19 Nov 2020)

Angela Constance: There is considerable disappointment in West Lothian about moving to tier 4 restrictions. Nonetheless, the West Lothian community will continue to pull together to protect our national health service and save lives. Right now, we need three things from our Government. First, we need a clear statement of all the facts and factors specific to West Lothian that relate to why the decision was...


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