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Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Recovery (COBR Meetings) (12 Jan 2022)

Murdo Fraser: In recent weeks, we have seen a divergence in the approaches to restrictions being taken across the four different parts of the United Kingdom, but there has been very little divergence in case rates. Indeed, in the past few days, the case rates in Scotland have been higher than those south of the border, where there have been fewer restrictions. Given the fact that we are likely to see more...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Update (11 Jan 2022)

Murdo Fraser: The First Minister talked about the protection that vaccination and being boosted provide against serious harm from Covid. Does she agree that publishing the number of those who are in hospital and in intensive care units as a result of Covid who are not vaccinated would help to reinforce that message to the public? Why is the Scottish Government still not announcing the numbers, despite...

Scottish Parliament: Labour Shortages (11 Jan 2022)

Murdo Fraser: In November, Sébastien Bazin, who is head of the Accor hotel group, was quoted in the French press as saying that the French hotel industry was on its knees due to staff shortages. Why does the Scottish Government persist in blaming such issues on Brexit when they are happening right across Europe and, indeed, right across the western world?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (29 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: The First Minister said that there were 679 people in hospital today with Covid and that the Scottish Government would break down that figure between those who are in hospital because they have Covid and those who were admitted for other reasons but turned out to test positive. If that figure were to be published, it would be very helpful in telling us how serious the risk from omicron is. In...

Scottish Parliament: 101 Phone Line (Waiting Times) (22 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce waiting times for people calling Police Scotland’s non-emergency 101 phone line. (S6O-00565)

Scottish Parliament: 101 Phone Line (Waiting Times) (22 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: We are all conscious of the impact that Covid has had across the public service, but even before the pandemic I heard many concerns from constituents about the time that it took for them to get a response on the 101 non-emergency service. Those concerns will have simply been highlighted and extended as a result of the current situation with Covid. Is the justice secretary engaging with Police...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (21 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: In her statement, the First Minister mentioned schools. She will be aware of calls in some quarters for schools to return to a blended learning model in January. Does the First Minister agree that, given the harm that can be caused to children by being absent from the classroom environment, we should do all that we can to ensure that schools reopen fully in January? Will she commit to...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (14 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: The financial support that has been announced for the hospitality and food sectors is welcome, and I hope that there will be more, but the losses that are consequent to the announcement on Thursday about Christmas parties not being recommended go far beyond those sectors. I have been contacted by constituents in the hair and beauty sector who have suffered a range of cancellations at what...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Public Inquiry) (14 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: I thank the cabinet secretary for providing advance sight of his statement. I welcome the establishment of the inquiry that has been announced today, which will be particularly welcomed by the relatives of those in care homes who tragically lost their lives to Covid, who have been waiting patiently for the process to begin. I also welcome the appointment of Lady Poole as inquiry chair, with...

Scottish Parliament: Beavers (Compensation for Farmers) (9 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what compensation will be made available to farmers who have been impacted by beaver activities. (S6O-00508)

Scottish Parliament: Beavers (Compensation for Farmers) (9 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: The Government’s recent decision to allow the expansion of the beaver population into new parts of Scotland has been welcomed by some, but many farmers are already suffering significant financial loss—for example, due to beaver damage to flood banks or beavers cutting down trees, resulting in the loss of crops. Hearing that they will be offered free advice will be of very little comfort...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2022-23 (9 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: Table 5.01 on page 39 of the budget document shows that local government spending, excluding Covid funding, will increase only marginally, from £11.124 billion to £11.145 billion. That represents a substantial real-terms cut. Does not that make it inevitable that we will see substantial council tax increases for hard-pressed households as a result of the finance secretary’s choices?

Scottish Parliament: Omicron Variant (Covid-19 Recovery Strategy) (8 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: If we are going to minimise the impact of the omicron variant, we need to ensure that people have access to booster vaccines. I have a constituent who had the first and second vaccine in Scotland but has had to move to the south of England for family reasons. She has been told that the only way for her to get her booster is to return to Scotland. Surely that is something that can be sorted...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (7 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: The First Minister highlighted the importance of the vaccination programme. I am sure that we all pay tribute to the NHS staff and community volunteers who are working so hard to deliver it. However, we are still seeing too many unacceptable delays. I was contacted by constituents who advised me that, at the Pitlochry vaccination centre on Saturday morning, there was a three-hour delay for...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19: Preparing for Winter and Priorities for Recovery (2 Dec 2021)

Murdo Fraser: I look forward to those generous seven minutes. How splendid. As deputy convener of the COVID-19 Recovery Committee, I am delighted to close the debate and thank all the members who have contributed. I listened with great interest—in particular, to the contributions that mentioned the important Covid-19 scrutiny work that is done in committees other than our own. During our inquiry into the...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Vaccination Passport Scheme) (17 Nov 2021)

Murdo Fraser: I have been contacted by a number of businesses in the hospitality sector that are extremely concerned that they might be brought within the reach of the vaccination passport scheme, given the announcement that is due on Tuesday. Is the Scottish Government carrying out an economic impact assessment of the impact on such businesses, should the scheme be extended? If so, will that be published...

Scottish Parliament: Road Infrastructure (17 Nov 2021)

Murdo Fraser: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Update (16 Nov 2021)

Murdo Fraser: In her statement, the First Minister recognised the substantial concern that exists in the business community about any extension of the vaccination passport scheme when some hospitality businesses are already reporting a 40 per cent loss of trade. Other businesses could face a similar loss of trade and additional costs for providing extra staffing with just two weeks to prepare for changes....

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (16 Nov 2021)

Murdo Fraser: I have constituents with businesses operating in the net zero space who would welcome engagement with the Scottish National Investment Bank but, at present, they have difficulty understanding how to access it. Will the cabinet secretary outline how people should go about approaching the bank? Should that be through Scottish Enterprise, or is there some other route?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (16 Nov 2021)

Murdo Fraser: It has been a short but useful debate that has teased out some of the issues around the Scottish National Investment Bank. Kate Forbes’s motion invites us to celebrate the bank’s first anniversary. What we have heard in the debate makes it clear that it is probably too early to be celebrating the success of the bank—in a few years, we will know whether the bank has been a success. At...

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