Results 1–20 of 3033 for speaker:John Scott

Scottish Parliament: Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill (24 Mar 2021)

John Scott: Thank you for your indulgence, Presiding Officer. I have very little to say except to welcome the passage of the bill and declare an interest—[ Interruption .] I thank the cabinet secretary for her sedentary intervention. I declare an interest as a sheep farmer and I give a heartfelt welcome to Emma Harper’s bill, having twice had my in-lamb ewes worried by dogs. There is no worse sight...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Reflections and Next Steps) (23 Mar 2021)

John Scott: The First Minister is aware of the continuing anxieties and tensions in our communities resulting from vaccination anxiety, the worry about appointments for other illnesses being delayed and the lack of contact with friends and loved ones. Mental health issues are emerging and will inevitably continue to grow for some time. Social work services and other third sector agencies will be at the...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (16 Mar 2021)

John Scott: The First Minister will be aware that two primary schools in my Ayr constituency have had to close, having reopened, because staff had caught Covid or had to self-isolate. Are such temporary closures to be expected in other schools across Ayrshire and the country? Will the First Minister again consider whether early vaccination could be considered for teachers and the police, who are still...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Sector (Recovery) (10 Mar 2021)

John Scott: The First Minister gave me an assurance a week or so ago that she would discuss with the cabinet secretary the difficulties that the bed-and-breakfast sector faces and how to overcome them. Will the cabinet secretary please say what progress has been made on that?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (9 Mar 2021)

John Scott: Long Covid appears to be an emerging and growing problem. Can the First Minister tell us how many cases there are in Scotland, what measures the Scottish Government has put in place to deal with long Covid in hospitals and in the community, and whether additional financial resources will be made available to health boards and local authorities, if required, to support those unfortunate enough...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change Plan (9 Mar 2021)

John Scott: I declare an interest as a farmer. Does Edward Mountain agree that there is huge willingness across Scotland to meet those challenges in the transport and agriculture sectors? Does he also agree, however, that there is a huge need for knowledge transfer from those who know how to make that work to those who will have to make it work? The gap in provision that exists in that regard needs to be...

Scottish Parliament: Business Grants (Covid-19) (4 Mar 2021)

John Scott: I, too, have been contacted by several constituents who have applied over the past few weeks for newly self-employed hardship grants and mobile and home-based close contact services grants, only to have their applications rejected because of so-called glitches in the system. With the closing date for applications fast approaching, and having heard nothing back from the Scottish Government, my...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2021 (2 Mar 2021)

John Scott: I welcome the arrangements that have been made for polling day under which only 800 people will be allowed at each polling station. Some polling stations would usually expect more people and some would expect less. Will local authorities make an effort to direct voters to different polling stations and to draw voters’ attention to different polling stations, where voters will be required to...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (23 Feb 2021)

John Scott: Among all the good will towards the business sector that the First Minister speaks of, one part of that community has slipped through the cracks—namely, the bed-and-breakfast sector. It is struggling hugely and is badly in need of targeted support. Will she consider this problem again and see whether a way can be found to support that sector, which is so important for my constituents in...

Scottish Parliament: Hotel Quarantine (16 Feb 2021)

John Scott: I spoke this morning to a constituent who, along with her five-year-old daughter, is in Finland where her partner is receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatment following a severe brain injury. With school now about to restart for their five-year-old, the family wants to return to Scotland. However, they now face a 10-day period of hotel quarantine. In the circumstances, which includes coping with...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Assistance for Political Parties) Bill: Stage 3 (2 Feb 2021)

John Scott: I welcome the Scottish Parliament (Assistance for Political Parties) Bill and the work of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee in bringing this committee bill to Parliament. The bill was introduced and the stage 1 process was completed before I joined the committee, so I acknowledge the work of Jamie Halcro Johnston in helping to get the bill to stage 3. Of course, I...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Vaccination Programme) (28 Jan 2021)

John Scott: I declare an interest as a shielded person. Further to Ruth Davidson’s questions, can the First Minister explain to the Parliament why general practitioners in my constituency, who vaccinated their over-80s and nursing home patients some weeks ago, cannot now get vaccines to vaccinate their shielded cohorts? When will they get those vaccines?

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2021-22 (28 Jan 2021)

John Scott: I declare an interest as a farmer. Given that much transitional funding is required to move Scotland’s rural areas towards net zero, is the cabinet secretary confident that sufficient funds are being made available in the budget to achieve early carbon-reduction targets, as recently agreed by Parliament?

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Industry (Meetings) (21 Jan 2021)

John Scott: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what recent meetings it has had with representatives of the tourism industry, and what was discussed. (S5O-04928)

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Industry (Meetings) (21 Jan 2021)

John Scott: The cabinet secretary will know that tourism businesses such as coach operators and visitor attractions have been waiting months for support. Last week, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities suggested that the support that was announced in December may not arrive until February or March. If that is the case, what is causing the delay, and when will those funds be paid out to struggling...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (19 Jan 2021)

John Scott: The vaccination supplies for the over-80s and under-80s that are reaching GPs in Ayrshire and elsewhere appear to be patchy—that is beyond dispute. Is there a particular reason why delivery of vaccinations to GPs surgeries has become such a postcode lottery, and what is the Scottish Government doing to resolve the matter?

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

John Scott: [ Inaudible .]—interest as a—[ Inaudible .]—Fishermen’s Association. What is being done to protect and help the prawn fisheries in the Clyde at this awkward time?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (4 Jan 2021)

John Scott: The First Minister knows of my concerns, which I have repeatedly raised with her, about the threat to bed capacity in Ayrshire and Arran, with particular regard to ICU capacity as the pandemic progresses. With NHS Ayrshire and Arran at 96 per cent of bed capacity, what further information and reassurances can the First Minister give to the people of Ayrshire that plans are in place to deal...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (30 Dec 2020)

John Scott: Although the new variant strain of Covid-19 is on the rise, which is immensely concerning, intensive care unit and other hospital beds are, thankfully, not overwhelmed. Will the First Minister tell us what impact the arrival of the new variant has on detecting and treating other—regrettably more routine—diseases, such as cancer, particularly in Ayrshire? Will other diseases continue to be...

Scottish Parliament: South Ayrshire Council (Meetings) (23 Dec 2020)

John Scott: 6. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives of South Ayrshire Council and what was discussed. (S5O-04894)

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