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Scottish Parliament: Schools (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: Teachers, parents and sometimes older pupils email me regularly—I am sure that that is also the case for the Deputy First Minister—to openly tell me their views on schools. Often, they talk about the many positives of school education; at other times, they point out things that they think we should be doing better. I have read the letter that Ruth Davidson refers to and my message...

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty Targets (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: We welcome the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s report. It clearly outlines the challenges that we all face in tackling poverty. The Scottish Government has set targets; I think that we are the only part of the UK that has binding statutory targets in place. We have also set out a range of initiatives that we will take to meet those targets under our child poverty action plan. It is...

Scottish Parliament: Pentland Film Studio (Scottish Land Court Judgment) (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: The judgment by the Scottish Land Court is, of course, a legal matter. I understand that that decision is likely to be appealed against, so I cannot comment on the specifics at this time, for obvious reasons. However, I will say that the Scottish Government backs expansion of the screen sector. We welcome private sector proposals to develop a range of studio infrastructure, but ultimately, it...

Scottish Parliament: Buccleuch Estates Ltd (Tree Planting) (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: I am aware of that case, and I share Joan McAlpine’s concern. Guidance for landowners makes it very clear that communities should play a part in decisions about how land is used and managed. I know that the Scottish Land Commission has written to Buccleuch Estates to advise it how communities should be involved, and has offered to provide further advice. Human rights are also reflected...

Scottish Parliament: Moffat Church Place Surgery (Closure) (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: We will always discuss with health boards plans for new health centres. It is, of course, very much for local health boards to decide on local priorities. More generally, we aim to increase the number of GPs working in Scotland by at least 800 over the next decade. Investment in primary care is rising and we are taking a range of actions to increase the number of medical students who go into...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish League Cup Semi-finals (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: Such decisions are for the football authorities—in this case the SPFL—although they should listen to police advice, and I am glad that the change of opinion has happened this week. To ensure that appropriate lessons are learned, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has already arranged a meeting between Police Scotland and the SPFL to look at what happened and how we can ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (People’s Vote) (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: I must make clear to the chamber that I have been worried about Willie Rennie for an awful long time, so I am glad that, at long last, he is reciprocating, and that mutual concern is obviously the start of a long and happy friendship. On the issue of the people’s vote, I have made it clear to the chamber and to others that the Scottish National Party is not going to stand in the way of...

Scottish Parliament: Golden Jubilee Hospital (Trials) (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: Is not it very telling that, as Gil Paterson was asking that really important question, almost every member on the Scottish Conservative benches was looking at their phone or engaging in conversation? They do not want to hear about or engage with the real damage that their Brexit policy is doing to this country. Gil Paterson is absolutely right to raise that issue, which is incredibly...

Scottish Parliament: Amazon (Living Wage) (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: First, I welcome Amazon’s announcement earlier this week about payment of the living wage. The Scottish Government, trade unions and others have put a significant amount of pressure on Amazon, so the announcement is particularly welcome. Neil Bibby talks about public money given by this Government to Amazon. The previous Labour Administration gave public money to Amazon as well, but it...

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance Supplement (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: More than 75,000 carers have now received the first instalment of the carers allowance supplement. The supplement is an additional payment of £442 made in two instalments throughout the year. That is a big investment—it is an increase of 13 per cent on the current carers allowance. Over the past couple of weeks, I have had a lot of messages from carers to say how much it means to...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Ayrshire and Arran (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: John Scott is obviously referring to the Audit Scotland section 22 reports issued this week, which refer to NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Highland. We are working closely with those boards to ensure that we have a full picture of their position in relation to financial management, operational performance and quality of care. Following that work, we will consider whether any further action...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Disclosure Scheme) (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: The disclosure scheme for domestic abuse in Scotland, introduced after Clare Wood’s tragic death, has enabled more than 3,500 people to request information for themselves or for someone who they feel may be at risk of domestic abuse. The Police Scotland scheme, which I was proud to help announce when it was introduced nationally in 2015, has informed almost 1,600 people about their...

Scottish Parliament: HIV Infection (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: As we have set out in our sexual health and blood-borne virus framework, prevention of HIV transmission remains a priority in Scotland. I am very proud that Scotland was the first part of the United Kingdom to make HIV PrEP available on the national health service last year. We are working closely with NHS boards to reduce blood-borne viruses and we are providing third sector funding of more...

Scottish Parliament: Harassment Complaints (Scottish Government) (4 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: It is, of course, a year ago that allegations emerged about Harvey Weinstein, and through the #MeToo movement the world woke up to the experiences that many women face. In light of those concerns, I asked the permanent secretary to review the Scottish Government’s policies to ensure that staff could have confidence that all complaints would be fully investigated and properly addressed....

Scottish Parliament: Motion of Condolence (2 Oct 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: O n behalf of the SNP and the Scottish Government, let me join in support for the motion in Ruth Davidson’s name. Like all of us across the Parliament, I was very saddened to hear of Sir Alex Fergusson’s passing, and I am glad that his family are able to join us today to hear us pay tribute to a very special human being. As we have heard, Alex came to front-line politics...

Scottish Parliament: Flu Vaccinations (27 Sep 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: As I am sure Ruth Davidson is aware, the new adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine is manufactured by one supplier, which had to significantly ramp up production for the whole of the United Kingdom very quickly. That is why it was unable to guarantee sufficient supplies for everyone over the age of 65 in time for the start of this year’s vaccination programme. That does not just affect...

Scottish Parliament: Tourist Tax (Edinburgh) (27 Sep 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: Adam McVey is a fantastic leader of the City of Edinburgh Council—let me say that first of all. He has a very strong view on the introduction of a tourist tax, which is shared by many in different parts of the country. It is not currently Scottish Government policy to have a tourist tax, but of course we will continue to have that discussion and we will continue to consider these...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Highland (Bullying) (27 Sep 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: The health secretary spoke to the chair of NHS Highland, David Alston, this week, and made crystal clear her expectation that the issue will be addressed thoroughly. We understand that the chair hopes to meet the signatories to the doctors’ letter as soon as possible to discuss their concerns, and he has encouraged other staff to come forward if they have any concerns that they wish to...

Scottish Parliament: Sheku Bayoh (27 Sep 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: I am not always sure about the truth or otherwise of information that appears in the public domain, but I definitely deprecate information about such matters being made public before families have had the opportunity to be informed. My thoughts remain very firmly with the family and friends of Sheku Bayoh at this difficult time for them. Of course, it would not be appropriate for me to...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (27 Sep 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: It is important to look at what the Committee on Climate Change actually said in its report this week. It said that Scotland continues to lead the way in the UK on tackling climate change. Indeed, we continue to lead the world. We met our 2016 target, which is the third annual target to be met. Emissions are 49 per cent below the 1990 levels, which already exceeds our original target of a 42...


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