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Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (16 Mar 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: I believe that today represents another significant step on the journey of this Parliament, and I feel privileged to have played a part in that process as a member of the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee. Before that, I was a member of the Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee and, before that, I served on the Scotland Bill Committee, so I have been involved in a considerable part of that...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (16 Mar 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: I hope that, as we approach the end of this session of Parliament, we do so with a sense of determination to ensure that in the next session Parliament will use these new powers to make Scotland better and that all those who are fortunate enough to serve in it will aspire to deliver a fairer and more prosperous country.

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill (8 Mar 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: For a relatively modest piece of proposed legislation, the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill has generated considerable comment. Members of the Education and Culture Committee have certainly heard a number of concerns, some of them justified, others not. It is important to remember what lies at the heart of the bill: the ambition to democratise, modernise and bring greater...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill (8 Mar 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Israel (Cultural Engagement) (25 Feb 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: I congratulate Jackson Carlaw on securing time for a debate on this important subject. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a very difficult and fraught subject, and feelings run very high. It is natural that people should look for a way to help end this very painful division, and a cultural boycott is a way of bringing moral rather than physical pressure to bear. Certainly there is nothing to...

Scottish Parliament: Antibiotic Resistance (24 Feb 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to deal with antibiotic resistance in the food chain. (S4O-05566)

Scottish Parliament: Antibiotic Resistance (24 Feb 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: I thank the cabinet secretary for that detailed and comprehensive answer. Given the possible variability in the implications for different sectors, can he tell me whether the Scottish Government has investigated the economic impact on the farming sector of a rise in antimicrobial resistance in different forms of livestock—for example, poultry, cattle or sheep?

Scottish Parliament: Fiscal Framework (23 Feb 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: The First Minister has previously said that the Scottish Government would put proposals on the table based on per capita index reduction but tweaked to ensure that, if the rest of the UK increased tax rates and spent it on rest of the UK services, none of that money would come to Scotland. Can the First Minister confirm that that delivers on the second no-detriment principle, sometimes...

Scottish Parliament: BBC Charter Renewal (23 Feb 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: As the Presiding Officer mentioned, I take the slightly unusual step of speaking, in a Government debate, as convener of the Education and Culture Committee. I do so to ensure that the significance of the committee’s report on the BBC charter renewal process and, more important, our recommendations is not lost. As the cabinet secretary and others have acknowledged, the Scottish Parliament...

Scottish Parliament: BBC Charter Renewal (23 Feb 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: The BBC seemed to recognise those difficulties. We welcome Lord Hall’s commitments in that area. It is vital that the BBC makes a firm commitment to maintaining a Gaelic language channel and, indeed, to increasing what it produces for BBC Alba to the same level as that which is produced for the Welsh language channel. This debate offers us an opportunity to unite and speak with one voice as...

Scottish Parliament: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (9 Feb 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (9 Feb 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Education (Scotland) Bill (2 Feb 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: I am proud of the Government’s record on education. The recent report on Scotland’s schools by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development review group shows that there is plenty to be positive about. However, the report also underlines a number of challenges, and we must be open about where we can do better. The First Minister has been clear in setting out the...

Scottish Parliament: World Leprosy Day 2016 (28 Jan 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: Like other members, I congratulate Bruce Crawford on securing this important debate. Leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, as it is also known, is an ancient disease, having been recorded in records for at least 2,500 years. It is a disease that has been greatly feared by many. Indeed, the word “leper” does not just mean a person suffering from leprosy; it has the additional meaning of social...

Scottish Parliament: Education (Attainment Gap) (27 Jan 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: For clarity, and for members who were not involved in the informal discussion in the Education and Culture Committee, will Liam McArthur confirm that the individual to whom he referred also said that Scottish education is well above average and is seen worldwide as a beacon of good education standards?

Scottish Parliament: Education (Attainment Gap) (27 Jan 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Education (Attainment Gap) (27 Jan 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: Recently, Parliament has dedicated a considerable amount of time to educational attainment, and it is quite right that we have done so. I am sure that the ambition that all of Scotland’s children are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential regardless of their background is shared across the Parliament, and it is in that spirit that I welcome the chance to speak in this afternoon’s...

Scottish Parliament: Education (Attainment Gap) (27 Jan 2016)

Stewart Maxwell: I do not have the time—I apologise. However, a recent YouGov survey of teachers in England found that less than half of teachers believe that the pupil premium has been effective. Indeed, 4 per cent of teachers said that they thought that the policy had had a negative impact on disadvantaged pupils. Furthermore, the report last year by the National Audit Office suggested that any reduction...


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