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Scottish Parliament: European Union (Future Relationship) (9 Oct 2019)

Maureen Watt: 3. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that Northern Ireland will be given powers to shape its future relationship with the EU, what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding similar powers being given to Scotland. (S5O-03637)

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Future Relationship) (9 Oct 2019)

Maureen Watt: As the cabinet secretary said, the Scottish Government was the first in these isles to publish a Brexit plan, which the UK Government ignored. The Scottish Government then put forward a compromise position, which the UK Government also ignored. The Tories have ignored the voices of the 62 per cent who voted to remain—

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Future Relationship) (9 Oct 2019)

Maureen Watt: — and they ignored their trouncing earlier this year in the EU elections.

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Future Relationship) (9 Oct 2019)

Maureen Watt: Is not it the case that the people of Scotland should have their say on their own future? If the UK Government continues to—

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Future Relationship) (9 Oct 2019)

Maureen Watt: —ignore the voters, they are the ones who will take the future into their own hands as an independent country—

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Powers (Immigration) (26 Sep 2019)

Maureen Watt: The First Minister will have seen a new report from the David Hume Institute, which recommends that the Scottish Government should be given greater powers over immigration, irrespective of the outcome of Brexit. Does the First Minister agree that the United Kingdom Government should heed the advice of that report and devolve powers over immigration to the Scottish Parliament as a matter of...

Scottish Parliament: Northern Isles Ferry Services (Preferred Bidder) (24 Sep 2019)

Maureen Watt: The new contract provides for a 20 per cent discount on cabin fares and a three-year fares freeze for passengers, vehicles and cabins, which builds on the 30 per cent discount on passenger and vehicle fares that islanders already enjoy, so is not it the case that the SNP Government has listened to islanders and put them at the heart of the contract’s terms?

Scottish Parliament: Credit Unions (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen Watt: I am pleased to take part in this debate, as we can never highlight enough the importance of credit unions to our communities. More than 410,000 people are served by credit unions, but I am sure that the potential customer base is much higher than that. As others have said, it is really important that knowledge of the existence of credit unions is embedded in our schools and that saving is...

Scottish Parliament: Knife Crime (12 Sep 2019)

Maureen Watt: In advance of a major United Kingdom-wide conference tomorrow on the serious problem of knife violence, and given the fact that a five-year study in Edinburgh found that, of the sharp instruments that are used in homicides, 94 per cent are kitchen knives, does the First Minister agree that Scotland can be at the forefront of the campaign to replace sharp, pointed knives—which have been...

Scottish Parliament: Müller Milk & Ingredients (Jobs) (5 Sep 2019)

Maureen Watt: In the light of Müller Milk & Ingredients’ decision to review its depot operations in my constituency of Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, potentially leading to the closure of the depot and up to 50 job losses, can the First Minister confirm that the Scottish Government has offered the services of the partnership action for continuing employment team and that the offer has been taken up?

Scottish Parliament: Hamish Henderson (4 Sep 2019)

Maureen Watt: I am delighted to be able to take part in this debate to celebrate Hamish Henderson. I thank my colleague Joan McAlpine for lodging the motion and securing the debate. Hamish Henderson’s contribution to Scotland’s cultural heritage has been immense. It is perhaps not as well known as it should be, and we have the opportunity to remedy that tonight in a small way, as the Parliament did in...

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Benefits (Face-to-face Assessments) (26 Jun 2019)

Maureen Watt: Many of us are aware of the often cruel and unnecessary assessments that the Department for Work and Pensions carries out. We have a chance to do things differently in Scotland with our new social security powers. Will the cabinet secretary confirm that, when assessments are needed, they will be delivered through Social Security Scotland and never through the private sector? Will assessments...

Scottish Parliament: Tenement Maintenance (26 Jun 2019)

Maureen Watt: I, too, am pleased to be taking part in the debate, as someone who has attended all the meetings of the working group on tenement maintenance since September last year, when I became eligible to join it, although I understand that the meetings started in March. I have been very impressed by the talent and experience of the professional members of the group and by the fact that the folk on...

Scottish Parliament: University Applications (People with Leave to Remain) (19 Jun 2019)

Maureen Watt: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what the criteria are for people applying to university who have leave to remain when assessing their home or overseas status. (S5O-03412)

Scottish Parliament: University Applications (People with Leave to Remain) (19 Jun 2019)

Maureen Watt: In my constituency, there is a family who came to this country in 2002; all its members have leave to remain. Two of the children currently attend university and receive home fees. However, when the daughter applied for higher education, certain universities and colleges classed her as an overseas student, which meant that she would have to pay fees. Does the minister agree that the criteria...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Maureen Watt: Given that the minister has a consultation on this very area, is it not advisable to wait for the results and end up with a much better situation, as there is in Paris, where an Airbnb let has to be the main residence, is only let for a third of the year and has to be registered? Is there not a possibility that we could get a much better system?

Scottish Parliament: Broadband (Rural Areas) (6 Jun 2019)

Maureen Watt: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to deliver superfast broadband to rural communities. (S5O-03354)

Scottish Parliament: Broadband (Rural Areas) (6 Jun 2019)

Maureen Watt: Openreach is responsible for delivering broadband in Old Portlethen in my constituency. Unfortunately, due to long lines, the community is experiencing frustrating speeds and will have to either wait until 2021 for the R100 programme to deliver superfast broadband, or engage in the community fibre partnership. What support can the Scottish Government give in order to ensure that a faster and...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Industry (Compensation) (6 Jun 2019)

Maureen Watt: Given that the fishermen have in-depth knowledge of where the best fishing grounds are, when it comes to the next round of development of offshore wind farms would it not be more effective simply not to site new developments where such grounds have been identified?

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Aquaculture (5 Jun 2019)

Maureen Watt: The key to success in this relatively new industry is innovation. A great example of that is the creation of the international centre for aquaculture research and development at the University of Aberdeen, with its innovative farm-to-fork approach. What other investment is going on in that area in our learning institutions throughout Scotland?

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