Results 101–120 of 2410 for speaker:Maureen Watt

Scottish Parliament: Medicines Dispensing (Single-use Plastics) (23 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: Does the cabinet secretary agree that, in relation to asthma inhalers, for example, things could move at a much faster pace? Only the canisters need to be dispensed; the holders can be reused several times.

Scottish Parliament: Farming and Crofting (Support) (23 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: Does the cabinet secretary share my sorrow and anger that we are being forced to leave the EU next week and that, as a consequence, our farmers and crofters are no better off? Indeed, they could be worse off, not least because of the loss of free trade and migrant labour, with no certainty about what will replace the benefits of EU membership.

Scottish Parliament: Veterans (21 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: Sadly, all too often, veterans suffer from a number of mental health issues as a result of trauma that they have experienced. Many do not access the support that they deserve. I welcome the progress that has been made in taking forward the Scottish Veterans Commissioner’s recommendations to produce a mental health action plan for the health care of veterans. What progress has been made on...

Scottish Parliament: Haudagain Roundabout (Link Road Project) (15 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the £30 million link road project at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen. (S5O-03995)

Scottish Parliament: Haudagain Roundabout (Link Road Project) (15 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: I was disappointed, but not surprised, to see a North East Scotland member, Liam Kerr, trying to score political points in the local press about police incidents at the Haudagain roundabout. Mr Kerr and his Westminster colleague have this week been called out by local campaigners in Laurencekirk for trying to do likewise in respect of the flyover for which they have spent years campaigning....

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Lives of Gypsy Travellers (14 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: I, too, am pleased to take part in the debate. I have taken part in debates on Scotland’s Gypsy Travellers several times in the past because, as a farmer’s daughter, I often met Travellers as a young child. There was always a camp at some point during the summer in a small wood opposite our farm. We could see that the Travellers had arrived when a small plume of smoke came up, and we...

Scottish Parliament: Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain (14 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: I, too, thank Richard Lyle for bringing the debate to the chamber, for all his work in convening the cross-party group on showmen, of which I am a member, and for raising the issues that showpeople in Scotland face as they try to go about their daily business. I hope that he achieves progress on his member’s bill, because it is only fair that showpeople be able to operate on a level playing...

Scottish Parliament: Digital Connectivity (9 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: Does the minister agree that it is hugely disappointing for people in the north of Scotland that Gigaclear’s actions have resulted in a delay to the award of the north lot, which, given the amount of Scottish Government investment, promises to be truly transformational for the area? Does he also agree that it is completely unacceptable for a company that has never invested a penny in Scotland—

Scottish Parliament: Digital Connectivity (9 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: Okay. The company had its contract to deliver a far smaller and far less complex broadband project in Devon and Somerset terminated due to non-delivery and there is now a delay to the roll-out of broadband in the north of Scotland simply because it did not win that contract.

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government Spending Pledges (Barnett Consequentials) (8 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the UK Government’s spending pledges and the Barnett consequentials that might arise from those. (S5O-03961)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government Spending Pledges (Barnett Consequentials) (8 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: Yesterday, we witnessed all parties bar one unite in the chamber against the utter lack of respect shown by the UK Tory Government for the people of Scotland; we also saw the contempt in which those people are held by the Scottish Tories, who sat here sniggering at their puppet masters’ actions. Does the cabinet secretary agree that it is no laughing matter? Will he outline what the...

Scottish Parliament: Short-term Lets (8 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: There is no doubt that in some areas any prospect of community cohesion has been threatened by a predominance of short-term lets, never mind the damage to communal areas and the burdens on local councils due to increased refuse and other issues, so I welcome the minster’s statement. As the Scottish Government reviews short-term lets taxation, is there any scope to consider the level of...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Budget (7 Jan 2020)

Maureen Watt: The cabinet secretary has previously stated that, despite having written to the UK Government urging early dialogue, his requests have gone unanswered. Can he update the chamber on whether he has since received a response and provide a further update on his statement that his officials will continue to work with committee clerks and the Scottish Fiscal Commission on contingency options around...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (18 Dec 2019)

Maureen Watt: Does the minister agree that, sadly, many of the issues that were faced by the yard were a result of FMEL’s failure to recruit enough professionals with the right technical expertise and know-how to undertake the building of the vessels?

Scottish Parliament: Hoax Calls to Emergency Services (Aberdeen) (5 Dec 2019)

Maureen Watt: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to concerns regarding the number of hoax calls to the emergency services in Aberdeen. (S5O-03873)

Scottish Parliament: Hoax Calls to Emergency Services (Aberdeen) (5 Dec 2019)

Maureen Watt: I am sure that the minister will want to join me in thanking our emergency services staff for their hard work and dedication, particularly at this time of year. How does the Scottish Government plan to work with, for example, the Scottish Ambulance Service and the police, to take appropriate action, perhaps through publicity, to tackle hoax calls?

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry (Emissions) (4 Dec 2019)

Maureen Watt: Does the cabinet secretary agree that by ring fencing the current tax revenues from oil and gas and investing in a just transition, we can support long-term investments to tackle the climate crisis and deliver benefits to communities and our environment?

Scottish Parliament: Women in Agriculture Task Force (Final Report) (28 Nov 2019)

Maureen Watt: After decision time yesterday, we debated a motion on 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. In the evening at Ingliston, we learned from a co-chair of the task force, Joyce Campbell, about the threats, intimidation and bullying that have been directed at her and other members of the task force from members of the agricultural community—both male and female. Is it not time that...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 1 (28 Nov 2019)

Maureen Watt: I am pleased to take part in the stage 1 debate on the Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill. The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee does not often consider bills but, as with buses, two have come along in quick succession, as we are also taking evidence on the Scottish Elections (Reform) Bill. As others have said, nothing is more important in a democracy...

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit (20 Nov 2019)

Maureen Watt: Members who were present during general question time last Thursday might recall that I asked a question that was answered by Christina McKelvie, on the Government’s response to reports of women in Aberdeen, including single mothers, resorting to so-called survival sex because their universal credit payments do not cover the basic needs of daily living. The minister said that the very...

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