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Results 1–20 of 5702 for speaker:Tavish Scott

Scottish Parliament: Education Reforms (25 Jun 2019)

Tavish Scott: Is not the reality for parents and teachers unspent pupil equity fund money, unfilled headteacher vacancies and more bureaucracy in classrooms through yet more guidance? If the education secretary wants to work with teachers, as he has said to Parliament today, why does he not listen to primary 1 teachers and drop national testing of four-year-old and five-year-old boys and girls?

Scottish Parliament: Jarlshof (Coach Parking) (13 Jun 2019)

Tavish Scott: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made in developing coach park facilities for the Jarlshof site in Shetland. (S5O-03389)

Scottish Parliament: Jarlshof (Coach Parking) (13 Jun 2019)

Tavish Scott: Sumburgh hotel, local bus businesses and the cruise line industry have been told for three years that Historic Environment Scotland, the agencies and the Government would sort out those coach park facilities, but all that we have had has been endless buck passing. Why?

Scottish Parliament: Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (12 Jun 2019)

Tavish Scott: As others have observantly noted, the bill is somewhat short, with only three sections, so I am more confident than usual that everyone in the debate will genuinely have read the whole thing, which is possibly not something that we will be able to say about the Planning (Scotland) Bill when we consider it next week. However, as the cabinet secretary correctly observed, the bill’s brevity...

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Standardised Assessments (11 Jun 2019)

Tavish Scott: I thank the cabinet secretary for his statement. Will he explain to Parliament why he hired an academic from the English educational regime that nationalists condemn, and from a country where high-stakes testing is the norm, to produce the arguments that he wanted? How many more reports is he planning for Parliament to see, when teachers, unions, parent groups and this Parliament all said...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Aquaculture (5 Jun 2019)

Tavish Scott: The cabinet secretary will be aware that the Norwegian industry is trialling a mechanism to filter fish medicines out of the water that is used to treat fish. Will he immediately ensure that those trials are replicated in Scotland, to the benefit of the marine environment and the industry, and will he reject any further consideration of a fish farm feed limit, given its well-known damaging...

Scottish Parliament: Teachers Pay Agreement (Implications for Public Sector Pay Policy) (5 Jun 2019)

Tavish Scott: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what the implications are for its public sector pay policy of the agreement reached with the teaching profession. (S5O-03328)

Scottish Parliament: Teachers Pay Agreement (Implications for Public Sector Pay Policy) (5 Jun 2019)

Tavish Scott: As the minister will be aware, exactly the same circumstances apply to Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd with regard to the pending air traffic controllers strike, which has been suspended for next Wednesday but is still threatened for the future. Will she bring the same flexibility to those pay negotiations? Of course, ministers directly intervened in the teachers’ strike. We could do...

Scottish Parliament: Education (15 May 2019)

Tavish Scott: We are debating education on the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament, after 12 years of Scottish National Party Government and four years on from the First Minister’s speech saying that education policy is number 1. Why do teachers, parents and young people see little evidence that education is the Government’s main reason for being in office? The perpetual siren of independence...

Scottish Parliament: Education (15 May 2019)

Tavish Scott: I entirely take the point that the cabinet secretary has just made about the three-year senior phase, but is not that one of the aspects that could be carefully considered in the OECD review? Parliament considered that last week. In fairness, I point out that the Government accepted that as part of Iain Gray’s motion a fortnight or so ago. Could that be addressed in the mid-term review of...

Scottish Parliament: Private Nurseries (9 May 2019)

Tavish Scott: The Central private nursery in Shetland will close in a month’s time. The nursery failed to recruit staff because public sector nurseries are paying more and recruiting to fulfil the expansion of childcare. Twenty families will be directly affected by the loss of the nursery, which is run by Mairi Jamieson and her team. What can the First Minister do to ensure that wraparound care is...

Scottish Parliament: Subject Choice (1 May 2019)

Tavish Scott: I thank Liz Smith for bringing the debate today—I mean “today”, because I cannot be the only constituency MSP who has in the past week, while choices have been made by pupils and parents across Scotland, been asked to intervene with a local school on choices. I was asked to intervene with a school in Shetland on behalf of a person who wanted to take a vocational route into work, but was...

Scottish Parliament: Subject Choice (1 May 2019)

Tavish Scott: If he wants to explain the absolute contradiction in his position, the cabinet secretary is more than welcome to do so.

Scottish Parliament: Subject Choice (1 May 2019)

Tavish Scott: I do not accept that analysis, not least because—[ Interruption .] Mr Swinney chunters away on the front bench. The thing about this Government is that it has been in power for so long that anyone who dares to suggest anything different gets put down and accused of political opportunism. That is the position that Mr Swinney is now in. I think that he needs to raise his game a bit. When...

Scottish Parliament: Music Tuition in Schools (30 Apr 2019)

Tavish Scott: No matter how many and how long certain long-suffering Shetland teachers tried, I was no star pupil when it came to music—frankly, the recorder was beyond me—so I am in awe of those who have genuine musical talent. I am talking about young people such as 13-year-old Ashley Hay, who won the Shetland young fiddler of the year award at the Mareel venue in Lerwick on Saturday;...

Scottish Parliament: Music Tuition in Schools (30 Apr 2019)

Tavish Scott: I will make some progress first, if the member will forgive me. A few weeks ago, Alasdair Allan, Liam McArthur and I hosted a reception on the islands. That evening, we had Chris Stout, Andrew Gifford and Ross Cooper playing for the assembled company. They all went through the Shetland educational system, they all received individual musical tuition lessons in Shetland and they are all...

Scottish Parliament: Advance Redress Payments (25 Apr 2019)

Tavish Scott: The Government is doing the right thing, and I thank the Deputy First Minister for his statement to Parliament and for the steps that he has outlined, which we hope will directly benefit the people concerned. How long a period does the Deputy First Minister expect there to be between the making of an application and receipt of the first payment? Will the Government seek to claw back moneys...

Scottish Parliament: Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity (25 Apr 2019)

Tavish Scott: Presiding Officer, sport inspires us. Tomorrow night, my nine-year-old son will have the great dilemma of whether to wear his Sadio Mané shirt or his Mo Salah shirt when I take him and his older brother down to Anfield to watch the title run-in. Brian Whittle is right, and I am going to take up his challenge. From time to time, we have debates on this subject, and we talk around these...

Scottish Parliament: State Pension Changes (Compensation for Women) (3 Apr 2019)

Tavish Scott: I reassure my good friend Alex Neil that David Cameron will never make £3 million from his memoirs, because not even the Tory members will buy them. More seriously, I thank Sandra White for her powerful advocacy on behalf of WASPI women and Jackie Baillie for her work on the cross-party group that is supported by so many colleagues across the Parliament. When the state chooses to change the...

Scottish Parliament: Helicopter Safety (North Sea) (28 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: I associate myself with Lewis Macdonald’s sensible question. I ask the minister to reflect on the fact that the Sumburgh crash, which Lewis Macdonald mentioned, is now six years past and there has still not been a fatal accident inquiry. Will the minister at least undertake to speak to the Crown Office to press the case for that fatal accident inquiry to begin, given that the families of...


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