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Scottish Parliament: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (29 Nov 2022)

Colin Beattie: From what I have heard in the chamber this afternoon, the impact that the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill will have on Scotland is, frankly, quite appalling and extremely worrying. In principle, the bill seeks to revoke around 2,400 pieces of legislation, which is incredible. However, in giving evidence to the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee, the...

Scottish Parliament: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (29 Nov 2022)

Colin Beattie: I absolutely agree with Martin Whitfield on that point. There is no doubt that the UK Government is listening to only a small number of hard Brexiteers, who are driving its policy. It must be said that the UK Government has become accustomed to taking drastic actions without listening to or consulting the devolved nations. There is a reason why devolved Parliaments were established: to allow...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme (23 Nov 2022)

Colin Beattie: I thank Mr Griffin for bringing this debate to the chamber on what is an important issue. However, let me say at the beginning that the motion seems a strange one for the Labour Party to lodge at the Scottish Parliament, which has no locus over mortgage interest rates, which are a reserved matter. The Parliament can only offer very limited support to home buyers within a severely constrained...

Scottish Parliament: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (Communications) (16 Nov 2022)

Colin Beattie: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on any communication that it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the potential impact on Scotland of the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill. (S6O-01545)

Scottish Parliament: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (Communications) (16 Nov 2022)

Colin Beattie: Last week, a legal expert who was giving evidence to the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee, said that although the UK Government’s confusing dashboard of retained EU law currently contains more than 1,400 pieces of legislation, this sweeping bill could affect as many as 5,000 laws, thereby leaving dangerous gaps in the statute books. Can the minister explain how...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government Fiscal Policy (27 Oct 2022)

Colin Beattie: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what the implications will be for its budget of recent changes in the United Kingdom Government’s fiscal policy. (S6O-01474)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government Fiscal Policy (27 Oct 2022)

Colin Beattie: The U-turns that have been made by the UK Government have caused great uncertainty for many Scots, with mortgage products being pulled and the pound crashing. That has only been made worse by the UK Government’s unwelcome delay to its budgetary plans, which the chancellor announced this week. People need certainty and stability. Does the Deputy First Minister agree with me that the only way...

Scottish Parliament: Suicide Prevention (26 Oct 2022)

Colin Beattie: First, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to any family that has lost a loved one to suicide. Some great work is being undertaken in my constituency by organisations such as Chris’s House and local football teams such as Bonnyrigg Rose that seek to address mental health issues and suicide prevention. Unfortunately, suicide rates in Midlothian—particularly for males—remain...

Scottish Parliament: “A New Deal for Tenants” (Mobile Home Residents) (6 Oct 2022)

Colin Beattie: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how the needs of mobile home residents will be incorporated in the final version of the strategy, “A New Deal for Tenants”. (S6O-01432)

Scottish Parliament: “A New Deal for Tenants” (Mobile Home Residents) (6 Oct 2022)

Colin Beattie: The draft new deal for tenants underlined that the Scottish Government intends to carry out a post-implementation review of the residential mobile homes site licensing scheme before the end of this session of Parliament. Although that is welcome news to my constituents who live in mobile and park homes, many of them worry that issues concerning enforcement of the licensing scheme are not...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (6 Oct 2022)

Colin Beattie: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My system did not connect. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Workers’ Rights (21 Sep 2022)

Colin Beattie: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is regarding the impact in Scotland to reports that the United Kingdom Government is considering a post-Brexit removal of workers’ rights. (S6O-01359)

Scottish Parliament: Workers’ Rights (21 Sep 2022)

Colin Beattie: In the Queen’s speech this year, the United Kingdom Government took the decision not to introduce an employment bill. Does the minister agree that, given the Westminster Tory Government’s poor track record when it comes to protecting workers’ rights, coupled with the emergence of a Liz Truss Government that is intent on stripping away protections and power from unions while undermining...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19: Winter Vaccination Programme (8 Sep 2022)

Colin Beattie: Clearly, we want vaccination centres to be as accessible as possible and to minimise—again, as far as possible—lengthy travel to get vaccinations, especially for people who are reliant on public transport. Will the number of venues for vaccination be kept under review?

Scottish Parliament: Water Safety Action Plan (22 Jun 2022)

Colin Beattie: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how it will raise awareness of the water safety action plan ahead of the summer to ensure that people stay safe in and around Scotland’s waters. (S6O-01258)

Scottish Parliament: Water Safety Action Plan (22 Jun 2022)

Colin Beattie: As the minister said, this is drowning awareness week 2022. It is one of the largest summer water safety campaigns across the United Kingdom, which is a great opportunity for organisations to educate the public to enjoy water safely. What impact has the £60,000 funding grant for Water Safety Scotland in March had on organisations that have an interest in water safety?

Scottish Parliament: Social Housing Construction (Labour Shortages and Materials Costs) (15 Jun 2022)

Colin Beattie: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the reported labour shortages and significant cost increases on materials will have on social housing construction in Scotland. (S6O-01226)

Scottish Parliament: Social Housing Construction (Labour Shortages and Materials Costs) (15 Jun 2022)

Colin Beattie: Can the minister elaborate on what modern methods of construction are being considered by developers and the Scottish Government to meet our affordable housing targets?

Scottish Parliament: Covid Recovery Strategy (Local Authorities) (8 Jun 2022)

Colin Beattie: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it is providing to local authorities as part of its Covid recovery strategy to help them resume normal services and manage staff absences. (S6O-01189)

Scottish Parliament: Covid Recovery Strategy (Local Authorities) (8 Jun 2022)

Colin Beattie: Some local authorities are really struggling with high absences due to Covid-19. What discussions has the Scottish Government had with COSLA and/or individual local authorities that are still heavily impacted by staff absences?


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