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Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale) (7 Oct 2021)

Christine Grahame: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it is giving to maintain bus services in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituency. (S6O-00265)

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale) (7 Oct 2021)

Christine Grahame: I am aware that, despite the additional support from the Scottish Government for bus companies, Covid has had a substantial and continuing impact on services, with some being cut. As we enter Covid recovery, will the Scottish Government’s funding be conditional on the return of direct services such as those to the Borders general hospital, the Royal infirmary of Edinburgh and the Astley...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths (7 Oct 2021)

Christine Grahame: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I seek clarification. The objections that I made from a sedentary position when Douglas Ross was speaking were because he seemed to be trying to bypass the normal governmental rules and processes for a bill, which we all have to go through, whereby there is a proposal and a consultation and then a bill is introduced. I seek clarification about those...

Scottish Parliament: Libraries (7 Oct 2021)

Christine Grahame: 4. To ask the First Minister, in light of this being libraries week, what the Scottish Government’s response is to reports that some libraries remain closed. (S6F-00343)

Scottish Parliament: Libraries (7 Oct 2021)

Christine Grahame: I thank the First Minister for her detailed response. Many libraries are indeed open, although some of them are open on reduced hours, including in Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale. Does the First Minister agree with Pamela Tulloch, chief executive of the Scottish Library and Information Council, which administers that welcome £1.25 million libraries recovery fund, which is...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (5 Oct 2021)

Christine Grahame: The First Minister said in her statement that the over-70s are now receiving booster jags. Will she clarify whether the timing of that booster is dependent on when a person received their second vaccine? Might people be offered the booster and the flu jag in one visit?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (28 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: Will the First Minister say when the Covid mitigation measures in schools might be reviewed? The measures have an impact on many voluntary organisations, such as Earlston scout group, in my constituency, which cannot meet on school premises. The issue is becoming pressing as winter approaches, which will make meeting outdoors impractical.

Scottish Parliament: Long Covid (Employment) (23 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: I refer to the joint agreement that was signed by the Scottish Government and organisations such as the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, the Scottish Trades Union Congress and the Institute of Directors, which states that no worker should be penalised if they are off work following medical advice relating to Covid-19. I have a constituent with long Covid, and she is being pressured...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: I thank the committee for its short but comprehensive report. As others have done, I offer my thanks to all carers. I welcome the carers allowance supplement, although it has reminded me—as if I needed to be reminded—of the complexity of the UK benefits system. To claim carers allowance, a person has to spend 35 hours a week caring for a disabled person who must be in receipt of certain...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: Does Mr Stewart agree with Ruth Davidson that the £20 per week cut to universal credit should be reversed?

Scottish Parliament: Diversion from Prosecution (22 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: Many addicts are indeed victims of things that have happened in their life. I distinguish those people clearly from those who supply drugs. I welcome diversion where it is appropriate and tailored to the individual. Does the Lord Advocate agree that diversion is certainly not a soft option, but that there is a chance that the addict can break their destructive habit, which is not something...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (21 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: I note that only 21 per cent of calls in August were about life-threatening conditions. Although I welcome the 100 additional call handlers, will the cabinet secretary consider reviewing the 999 and 111 call triage information technology systems to ensure that cases that can be dealt with by other services, such as out-of-hours GPs or minor injury clinics, are referred appropriately and are...

Scottish Parliament: Cyberattacks (Public Bodies) (16 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: I am sorry, Presiding Officer. I thought that we were going to finish that question. A fair work joint statement on Covid, which was agreed by the Scottish Government and organisations such as the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, the Scottish Trades Union Congress and the Institute of Directors, states—

Scottish Parliament: Cyberattacks (Public Bodies) (16 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: My question is not on that issue. I thought that we were on to general questions.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (14 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: On cross-border vaccination between England and Scotland, the advice is that if someone lives in Scotland and they received their first, second or both vaccine doses outside Scotland but in the common travel area, which includes England, they should now be able to get proof of their vaccination status through the normal process online or by phoning the Covid helpline. However, when my...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care (14 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: I put on record my thanks to all working at the Borders general hospital and in primary care services across Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, including GPs, pharmacists, those who work in the ambulance service and first responders. I will focus my short contribution on the care sector, including those who deliver care at home and in residential settings. The horrid pandemic exposed...

Scottish Parliament: Corporate Travel Management (9 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: 4. To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Government has had regarding the functioning of Corporate Travel Management. (S6F-00211)

Scottish Parliament: Corporate Travel Management (9 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: As we are all aware, the situation is very distressing and costly for students who come from red list countries. I put on the record my thanks to the universities for stepping in with practical help. Of course I appreciate that CTM was tasked by Westminster, and I understand the relationship with the Scottish Government’s international travel co-ordination team, which liaises with the CTM...

Scottish Parliament: Mineworkers Pension Scheme (9 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: I thank the members who supported my motion. I commend the report by the United Kingdom Parliament’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, whose unanimous cross-party report along with the pursuit of this injustice by my colleague Owen Thompson, the MP for Midlothian, brought me to the debate. I add to that the Scottish Government, which wrote to the UK Government supporting...

Scottish Parliament: Mineworkers Pension Scheme (9 Sep 2021)

Christine Grahame: I honestly just seek clarity. Do you agree with the findings of the cross-party select committee—


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