Results 1–20 of 6698 for speaker:Fiona Hyslop

Scottish Parliament: National Qualifications 2021 (Grade Assessment) (23 Jun 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: Following the finding in the report of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that Scotland’s assessment system needs to match its 21st century curriculum, what is the education secretary’s response to the call from Maureen McKenna—one of Scotland’s leading educationists and Glasgow City Council’s executive director of education services—for a big debate on...

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (23 Jun 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s report on Scotland’s curriculum for excellence, which was published this week, found that there has been an apparent improvement in tackling the poverty-related attainment gap, that the impact of socioeconomic status on performance here is among the lowest among OECD countries, and that a greater proportion of resilient young...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency (9 Jun 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: I welcome the cabinet secretary to his new role. Climate emergency issues need to run through every portfolio as a central backbone. I agree that a green recovery must embed the just transition and that the just transition commission needs to be central to our work. The biodiversity crisis also needs to be addressed alongside the climate emergency, and I pay tribute to Roseanna Cunningham for...

Scottish Parliament: Greensill Capital (18 May 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: I, too, welcome the Presiding Officer to her role. On 24 March, Fergus Ewing, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, gave a statement to Parliament that outlined the potential impacts on Scottish businesses of Greensill Capital (UK) Ltd entering administration. His statement focused on the potential impacts to the Lochaber aluminium smelter and the Dalzell steelworks. The...

Scottish Parliament: Greensill Capital (18 May 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: As Monica Lennon will be aware and should understand—it will have been relayed to her at the time—re-financing is a sensitive commercial matter for the GFG Alliance. We must be careful not to prejudice or undermine that process. Monica Lennon alluded to the fact that it is a potentially changing situation. The ministerial task group of two ministers and two cabinet secretaries has met...

Scottish Parliament: Greensill Capital (18 May 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: Clare Adamson, who is the local constituency member, is right to emphasise the need to work collaboratively and collegiately across the chamber. That is what we have been doing and will continue to do. It is important to recognise that we have had assurances that the group’s aluminium and steel operations in Scotland are performing well and benefiting from strong order books and rising...

Scottish Parliament: Greensill Capital (18 May 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: As the Parliament would expect, we have taken a series of securities over the assets of the GFG Alliance at Lochaber. We have not published details of that because, as members will understand, there are confidential commercial issues involved. The full details of the total exposure and the securities were shared with the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee in 2016, when...

Scottish Parliament: Greensill Capital (18 May 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: The member might be aware that the director general of the economy directorate has given evidence—I think that it was to the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee, but I am happy to correct that if that is not the case—setting out how the Scottish Government would approach such situations in the future. The advice from that discussion and from the Auditor General has been...

Scottish Parliament: Oaths and Affirmations (13 May 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: made a solemn affirmation.

Scottish Parliament: Clyde Mission Division (18 Mar 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: I thank the member for raising awareness of the Clyde mission call for ideas. The call was launched on Monday 1 March and will remain open until 29 March. The Clyde mission aims to use the river and immediate surrounding land as a national strategic asset. It is focused on developing new, green jobs; making use of vacant and derelict land; adapting to climate change; accelerating our progress...

Scottish Parliament: Clyde Mission Division (18 Mar 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: Clearly, we are all focusing on achieving net zero emissions by 2045, and there are opportunities for the Scottish supply chain to embrace that goal through the improvement and maintenance of lifeline ferry services. The small vessel replacement programme is part of that green recovery and will strengthen the viability of some of our remotest communities. Scottish shipyards will be able to...

Scottish Parliament: Clyde Mission Division (18 Mar 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: I recently met the Fair Work Convention. I share its concerns about the momentum required to ensure that we do what we all want to do, which is to become a fair work nation by 2025. The convention’s advice and input is welcome. Public money is going into the Clyde mission to support ideas, but the money should also be supporting new, good, green jobs and creating a workforce with the skills...

Scottish Parliament: Jobs Protection (Highlands and Islands) (18 Mar 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: Since the start of the pandemic, we have provided more than £330 million to support businesses and protect jobs across the Highlands and Islands. That is alongside the £58.1 million budget that we provided to support the work of Highlands and Islands Enterprise across the region. During this financial year, Highlands and Islands Enterprise has supported more than 1,900 jobs, of which 1,125...

Scottish Parliament: Jobs Protection (Highlands and Islands) (18 Mar 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: I do not accept the premise of the member’s question. More than £500 million has been distributed to businesses across Scotland since November and more than £3 billion has been distributed in the past year. Those members who did not support the budget would not support its funding for businesses, but business support is part of the budget provision. The announcement made by the First...

Scottish Parliament: Jobs Protection (Highlands and Islands) (18 Mar 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: A number of factors, such as seasonality in the Highlands and Islands snow sport sector, can cause people to start jobs later in the year. Any failure to open the furlough scheme to people who started new jobs since October leaves a significant and growing number of workers without support. We have called on the chancellor to revise the cut-off date for entry to the scheme, to provide support...

Scottish Parliament: Jobs Protection (Highlands and Islands) (18 Mar 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: That is exactly what we did in discussion with the hospitality industry, and I commend the work of the Scottish Tourism Alliance in particular. Two things are very important to make sure that companies are sustainable. One is to make sure that customers from across Scotland can reach them, so the major change of allowing all of us to travel across Scotland from 26 April is really important....

Scottish Parliament: Jobs Protection (Highlands and Islands) (18 Mar 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: Clearly, my colleague the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, whose responsibility this is, has to balance the modernisation of the system, working with air traffic controllers, with the local impact of airports on particular economies that the member points out. I will draw the member’s concerns to the attention of Michael Matheson and ensure that he is alert to them—I am sure that he is....

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Economic Impacts) (18 Mar 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: The Scottish Government is deeply concerned by emerging evidence that Brexit is having a severe impact on the ability of Scottish businesses to trade effectively and competitively with the European Union, with lasting consequences for our economy. Scottish Government ministers remain in regular contact with UK ministers about the economic impact of Brexit and are pressing for urgent support...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Economic Impacts) (18 Mar 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: Recent funding for seafood exporters and small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK is welcome, but piecemeal funding can at best provide only a temporary sticking-plaster, considering the sheer scale of the costs and losses that are emerging. We are making that very clear to the UK Government. The additional funding cannot address the core problem, which lies in the very thin nature of the...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Recovery Plan (Highlands and Islands) (18 Mar 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: We detailed our plans for economic recovery in our response to the advisory group on economic recovery and we have developed them in a number of publications since then. They include our commitment to a model that addresses regional needs and issues and a renewed focus on place-based initiatives. We have committed over £1.2 billion to drive Scotland’s economic recovery and, as I said in my...


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