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Scottish Parliament: “Housing to 2040” (24 Mar 2021)

Maureen Watt: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to take forward the recommendations by the tenement maintenance working group in its strategy, “Housing to 2040”. (S5O-05158)

Scottish Parliament: “Housing to 2040” (24 Mar 2021)

Maureen Watt: If in post after the election, will the minister be bold in following those recommendations, such as those on compulsory owners associations and building reserve funds, so that our wonderful tenement buildings such as the granite ones in Torry in my constituency and across Aberdeen will restored to their former glory?

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

Maureen Watt: As we mark a year since the start of lockdown restrictions, it is impossible to ignore the toll on people’s mental health and the subsequent demand for mental health services. Will the First Minister outline the Scottish Government’s plans to respond to the increase in demand for those services?

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Maureen Watt: Thank you, Presiding Officer. When I put my name forward to speak in the debate, I did not think that this might be my last speech in the chamber. As a member of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, I have been fully involved in helping my friend Emma Harper to get her bill on worrying of livestock through, and I thought that I might speak in the stage 3 debate on it next week, but...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Maureen Watt: Yes. I beg your pardon, Presiding Officer. I hope that you heard that first bit. It struck me, when I was preparing for this debate, that my first speech in Parliament, which I gave in committee room 2 because a beam had come down in the chamber, was on drug harm. It is a real coincidence that I am finishing by speaking on the same subject. We have made some significant changes and progress...

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

Maureen Watt: Can the minister provide any further information on steps that the Government is taking to raise awareness of postal voting, particularly among the elderly, vulnerable and less mobile, given that it will not be possible for anyone other than, possibly, family to give them a lift to the polling station?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (23 Feb 2021)

Maureen Watt: What discussions have been had with the UK Government about the continuation of the furlough scheme to reflect the needs of Scotland’s approach to the existing lockdown that the First Minister has outlined today? Will any further discussions take place in the light of today’s announcement, and will a tailored approach for specific sectors be considered?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Young People at Risk of Offending) (18 Feb 2021)

Maureen Watt: 4. To ask the Scottish Government how it is working with Police Scotland to engage with young people who are at risk of offending during the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-05028)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Young People at Risk of Offending) (18 Feb 2021)

Maureen Watt: I thank the minister for her answer, and I associate myself with her thanks to the police. Torry, in my constituency, has recently seen an upsurge in small-scale youth vandalism. Prior to Covid and its restrictions, Police Scotland, along with partners such as streetsport Scotland, was able to nip those problems in the bud with diversionary activities. What actions are available at the moment...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund (Rural Economy) (11 Feb 2021)

Maureen Watt: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the administration of the proposed UK shared prosperity fund to support Scotland’s rural economy. (S5O-05011)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund (Rural Economy) (11 Feb 2021)

Maureen Watt: The Tory Government has indicated that it will bypass the devolved Administrations to replace European funds. Given that Tory MSPs on the Finance and Constitution Committee accepted that those moneys must be spent in Scotland by the Scottish Government and its local partners, does the minister agree that, if the Scottish Tories want to save any face at all, it is time that they stopped...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Hydrogen Economy (11 Feb 2021)

Maureen Watt: I thank the minister for his statement, which is hugely exciting. As members know, Scotland has been an early adopter of hydrogen in transport, with Aberdeen being one of the first European cities to roll out hydrogen buses. Will the action plan commit to increase the number of hydrogen buses and public sector fleet vehicles in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: A9 and A96 (Dualling Completion) (10 Feb 2021)

Maureen Watt: I am pleased to hear, from Jamie Halcro Johnston’s earlier question, that he is committing the Tories to dualling the A9 and the A96. He might want to tell his colleague Peter Chapman, who is against that—perhaps there is a split in the Tories. Parliament will remember that the Tories previously pledged to add a lane to the M8, which would have stripped funding from projects such as the...

Scottish Parliament: Maternity Care (Mental Health and Wellbeing Support) ( 4 Feb 2021)

Maureen Watt: Additional support can be so important to the wellbeing of both parents and newborn children—even more so during Covid. A constituent of mine, whose partner works away from home, is really feeling the strain. Can she form a non-familiar support bubble to access the support that she needs?

Scottish Parliament: Construction and Procurement of Ferry Vessels ( 2 Feb 2021)

Maureen Watt: I hope that that intervention has not eaten into my speaking time. This has been a rumbustious debate on the committee’s report, which had to be debated in the chamber. As has been said, a minority report was not issued, but it is fair to say that there was robust discussion and disagreement in the committee. It is thanks to the clerks that we managed to get to the point of having the...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (Impact of European Union Exit) (21 Jan 2021)

Maureen Watt: The cabinet secretary has spoken at length about the shocking immediate impacts that are being caused by Brexit, but what does he understand to be the longer-term impacts for the rural economy in Scotland? Is he most concerned about what will happen in the longer term? Can he tell sheep farmers whether the French market for lamb at Easter—[ Inaudible .]

Scottish Parliament: Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 Jan 2021)

Maureen Watt: I, too, am pleased to be taking part in this stage 1 debate to urge parliamentary colleagues to allow further consideration of the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, as the committee recommends. I congratulate Emma Harper on pursuing this member’s bill. I speak as someone who was raised on a farm. I know the heartbreak of losing sheep and lambs due to dog worrying....

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (19 Jan 2021)

Maureen Watt: I have been receiving inquiries from NHS office support staff who believe that they could perform the majority of their work from home but who are being denied or refused the chance to do so as a result of a lack of remote access tools such as laptops or supported virtual private network access. Given that working from home is the default position, what guidance and support is being given to...

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

Maureen Watt: The cabinet secretary will recall that, a few months ago, Michael Gove specifically reassured Scottish fresh produce exporters that—[ Inaudible .]—would get priority access. Given that they cannot even get out of Scotland now because of UK IT problems, was that not just another example of empty bluster on behalf of the Brexiteer Johnson Government, which is hell-bent on destroying...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Testing in Schools) (23 Dec 2020)

Maureen Watt: 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Covid-19 testing measures in primary and secondary schools. (S5O-04880)

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