Results 1–20 of 2434 for speaker:Rhoda Grant

Scottish Parliament: Food Production (29 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to safeguard food production. (S6O-01306)

Scottish Parliament: Food Production (29 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: The principles outlined in the Scottish land rights and responsibilities statement are not enforceable, and because of that we see farms being turned into forests to offset landowners’ environmentally damaging activities elsewhere. Meanwhile, we face a global food shortage. When will the Scottish Government put in place enforceable responsibilities and principles to ensure that landowners...

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion (28 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: I share many of Douglas Ross’s concerns about the situation. Would he agree with me that it surely cannot be safer to give birth in a roadside lay-by than to give birth in Dr Gray’s hospital in Elgin?

Scottish Parliament: Uig Harbour Closure (Freight Capacity) (23 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: The First Minister must agree that it is totally unacceptable for freight capacity to Uist to be cut by a third during the six months when Uig harbour will be closed for re-development. There is a solution—it is possible to put in place a temporary link span during that time. Will she commit to that today to ensure that ferries can operate to their normal timetable while the harbour is...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living Support (22 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: The cost of living crisis is causing fear and alarm to many people, including those who were not managing previously and those who were just managing. Therefore, any assistance is very welcome. However, it is galling that this help, which is designed to help the worst off, is going to people who are affluent enough to afford a second home or, in some cases, multiple homes. That means that...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living Support (22 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: I will turn to Mr Balfour’s questions in a moment. We ask that the Government moves very quickly, because it needs to let people know by this autumn what they will be facing for the winter ahead. I know that local authorities will be desperate for further income to help the most vulnerable in their communities, and they are best placed to do that. There are points in the Conservative...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living Support (22 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: I do not have time to take an intervention, sorry. Those who are off the gas grid face higher costs all round. I saw someone on Facebook today saying that a pack of Lurpak butter—hardly a luxury—costs £7.25. That is £7.25 for a pack of butter. Private renters pay higher costs. They can live in homes that are not insulated properly and would need the landlord’s permission to do...

Scottish Parliament: World Refugee Day (21 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: I cannot imagine what it must be like for people who have had to flee their homes due to fear of war or persecution, to leave members of their family behind and then to find themselves in a country where their knowledge of the language and culture is sparse. How terrifying that must be. We must try to walk in the shoes of refugees while we respond to their needs. We need to listen and act to...

Scottish Parliament: Transport Links (Rural Areas) (16 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how it is strengthening transport links to rural areas. (S6O-01244)

Scottish Parliament: Transport Links (Rural Areas) (16 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: As a result of ScotRail’s emergency timetable, it is impossible for people from Caithness to get the train to attend hospital appointments in Inverness. The reimbursement mileage is woeful, at 15p a mile, and does not adequately cover their costs. How will the minister ensure that no patient is missing out on healthcare as a result of the lack of public transport in the area?

Scottish Parliament: Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill (15 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: I am relieved that we have a bill in front of us that is much improved from the one that we were presented with before. As Colin Smyth said, the major improvement is putting in place a food commission that will oversee the drawing up of good food plans. May it also be independent of Government, which will allow the Government to focus its mind on how we implement our human right to food. The...

Scottish Parliament: Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (14 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: It appears strange to me that the Scottish Government chooses to legislate but refuses to spell out in the bill what the purpose of that legislation is. A purpose clause would provide clarity on the Government’s vision for implementing the legislation. We believe that a good food nation bill must give effect to our human right to food, and I believe that the cabinet secretary does as well....

Scottish Parliament: Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (14 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: I am obviously very disappointed in the response from the Government and, indeed, from the Greens. Their manifesto stated that the bill should include the right to food—how quickly they have ditched their principles for a sniff of power. It is a disgrace. Stakeholders have called for the right to food to be included, but the Scottish Government is not listening. The right to food should be...

Scottish Parliament: Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (14 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (14 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: I will move amendment 21 and speak to it and to amendments 22, 27, 30, 31 and 34. Amendments 21 and 30 would ensure that regard must be had to the principles that are outlined not only when preparing plans but when implementing them. Amendment 21 refers to section 1A, which places duties on the Scottish ministers, and amendment 30 refers to section 7A, which refers to health boards, local...

Scottish Parliament: Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (14 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: I intend to press amendment 21, and I am happy to support Rachael Hamilton’s amendments, given the assurances that she provided. I share her concerns about the very late amendments from the Greens. They accuse other members, such as Monica Lennon, of lodging late amendments, but they do so themselves. I am disappointed that the minister has rejected my amendments, as I believe that they...

Scottish Parliament: Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (14 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: I welcome the change of heart by Ariane Burgess and the cabinet secretary, who voted against a food commission at stage 2. Although they have tried to clip the wings of the commission before it gets started, I believe that the calibre of the commissioners will make sure that it works. I agree that the process of drafting the amendment was a stitch-up—I suspected it and said as much at stage...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staff Recruitment and Retention (9 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: I thank the members who signed my motion, allowing this debate to take place. I also thank all the individuals and organisations that have provided briefings—far too many to name, which shows the level of interest. Staffing issues are common throughout the NHS—indeed, last weekend, in a Royal College of Nursing survey, 90 per cent of nurses said that their latest shift had been...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staff Recruitment and Retention (9 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: I do, and I have written repeatedly to the cabinet secretary to ask him to visit and speak to people in the Caithness community. I understand that he is going to do that, which is extremely welcome. As Alex Cole-Hamilton said, there is the same situation in Dr Gray’s hospital in Elgin, which is part of NHS Grampian. Again, the plan is to reroute complex cases to Raigmore hospital in...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staff Recruitment and Retention (9 Jun 2022)

Rhoda Grant: We all agree that giving birth in a lay-by is unsafe. I would be grateful if the cabinet secretary would commit to doing a risk assessment of journey times in emergency situations and, indeed, routine ones.


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