Results 261–280 of 444 for speaker:Colin Beattie

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government Energy Policies (Impact on Climate Targets) (11 Nov 2015)

Colin Beattie: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what the impact on its climate targets is of the UK Government’s energy policies. (S4O-04766)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government Energy Policies (Impact on Climate Targets) (11 Nov 2015)

Colin Beattie: Will the minister outline what discussions ministers have had with their UK counterparts ahead of the Paris conference of the parties to negotiate a new international treaty aimed at limiting global warming?

Scottish Parliament: Water Direct Scheme (Midlothian and East Lothian) (29 Oct 2015)

Colin Beattie: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many local authorities use the water direct scheme to deduct water and sewerage charges, and whether this includes Midlothian and East Lothian councils. (S4O-04718)

Scottish Parliament: Water Direct Scheme (Midlothian and East Lothian) (29 Oct 2015)

Colin Beattie: Given the Scottish Government’s commitment to poverty reduction and to alleviating the impact of changes to benefits payments brought in by the Westminster Government, has the cabinet secretary offered any guidance to local authorities about the need for them to take into account the customer’s ability to pay and to consider whether a benefits deduction for water and sewerage charges, or...

Scottish Parliament: Education (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Oct 2015)

Colin Beattie: It has been well established that there is a clear connection between socioeconomic status and school attainment levels. Scotland’s education system has seen much improvement in recent years. In my constituency over the past five years, there has been a 7 per cent increase in school leavers going to positive destinations in Midlothian and an 8 per cent increase in East Lothian. There has...

Scottish Parliament: Students (Universal Credit) (7 Oct 2015)

Colin Beattie: 8. To ask the Scottish Government how it will work with further and higher education institutions to ensure that students in receipt of employment and support allowance will not find their education disrupted when universal credit is rolled out. (S4O-04675)

Scottish Parliament: Students (Universal Credit) (7 Oct 2015)

Colin Beattie: Many of the students from deprived areas in my Midlothian North and Musselburgh constituency benefit greatly from ESA. Will the cabinet secretary outline how it has contributed to reducing the attainment gap across Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Personal Independence Payments (Devolution) (1 Oct 2015)

Colin Beattie: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what changes it expects to make to personal independence payments following their devolution. (S4O-04663)

Scottish Parliament: Personal Independence Payments (Devolution) (1 Oct 2015)

Colin Beattie: As the minister is aware, there have been major delays at UK level in the processing of PIP applications. What steps might the Scottish Government take to minimise such delays and to ensure that all potential applicants are aware of the new procedures once the benefit is devolved?

Scottish Parliament: Homoeopathic Medicine Prescription Withdrawal (Court of Session Decision) (23 Sep 2015)

Colin Beattie: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the Court of Session’s recent decision not to overturn NHS Lothian’s withdrawal of prescriptive homoeopathic medicine to a Midlothian resident. (S4O-04612)

Scottish Parliament: Homoeopathic Medicine Prescription Withdrawal (Court of Session Decision) (23 Sep 2015)

Colin Beattie: Although the scientific benefits of homoeopathy are generally unproven, it is clear that, even as a placebo, many people find it of great help. Will the minister outline some ways in which homoeopathy can be supported in the national health service?

Scottish Parliament: Education (22 Sep 2015)

Colin Beattie: In these times of Westminster-imposed austerity, the financial challenges that Scotland has faced over the past few years are clear: food bank usage is at record levels, and an additional 100,000 children are expected to be living in poverty by 2020. That is even before we consider the impact of the next round of cuts, which are due in 2017 and 2018. Such levels of poverty will do nothing but...

Scottish Parliament: Secondary School Subjects (Highlands and Islands) (24 Jun 2015)

Colin Beattie: Does the minister agree that one of the core principles of curriculum for excellence is that decisions are made locally to take account of local circumstances?

Scottish Parliament: Scots Language (24 Jun 2015)

Colin Beattie: 14. To ask the Scottish Government what actions it is taking to support and develop the use of Doric and Lallans Scots. (S4O-04501)

Scottish Parliament: Scots Language (24 Jun 2015)

Colin Beattie: Given the increasingly successful support and recognition that has been given to Gaelic as a native language, are there any plans to support similarly use of Scots as a mainstream language in education and culture?

Scottish Parliament: Borders Railway (Public Engagement) (4 Jun 2015)

Colin Beattie: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the level of engagement undertaken by Network Rail with local constituents during the building of the Borders railway. (S4O-04417)

Scottish Parliament: Borders Railway (Public Engagement) (4 Jun 2015)

Colin Beattie: The cabinet secretary is, of course, aware of our prior correspondence on the issue. What steps are being taken to enhance engagement between the constituents and Network Rail and to ensure that Network Rail is minimising any adverse effects on local residents from the railway?

Scottish Parliament: Education (Equity and Excellence) (26 May 2015)

Colin Beattie: I doubt that there is anyone in the chamber today who would disagree that education provides the main route for anyone from any background to reach their full potential, and I believe that the Scottish Government is absolutely committed to delivering an education system of which this country can be proud. We now have record exam results, with fewer pupils leaving school with no qualifications...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Literacy) (13 May 2015)

Colin Beattie: In response to the survey findings, Larry Flanagan, Educational Institute of Scotland general secretary, said: “We increasingly see tired and hungry pupils coming to school. Austerity-led measures do have an impact on performance, just as deprivation at home impacts on pupil attainment.” Does the cabinet secretary agree with that?

Scottish Parliament: Community-based Sporting Groups (29 Apr 2015)

Colin Beattie: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what initiatives it has to support community-based sporting groups over the coming year. (S4O-04251)


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