Colin Beattie: I welcome the Scottish Government’s announcement that it plans to increase eight Scottish social security benefits by 6 per cent from 1 April. I hope that that will help to support my constituents who have been impacted by United Kingdom Government welfare cuts. Does the cabinet secretary share my concerns about the growing demand for food banks and the impact that UK Government welfare...
Colin Beattie: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any potential impact on Scotland’s Covid recovery strategy due to the United Kingdom Government’s decision to end the legal requirement to self-isolate for people who have tested positive for Covid-19. (S6O-00790)
Colin Beattie: The Scottish Government has, rightly, plotted its own distinct course in navigating through the pandemic. Does the cabinet secretary share my concern that the end of self-isolation in England from 1 April could undermine the hard work and sacrifices that we have all put in to get us to where we are now?
Colin Beattie: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its proposals on green ports as part of the wider investment to support a green recovery. (S6O-00673)
Colin Beattie: I note the minister’s comment about positive discussions. Will he expand on those?
Colin Beattie: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate as chair of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit. The SCPA’s role is to scrutinise Audit Scotland’s budget and accounts, and we have responsibility for appointing three non-executive members to Audit Scotland’s board, choosing the chair and appointing Audit Scotland’s accountable officer. Last Friday, we published our report on...
Colin Beattie: How does the Scottish Government’s approach to concessionary and free bus travel differ from that of the United Kingdom Government?
Colin Beattie: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the proposed works at Sheriffhall roundabout as part of its £300 million commitment to the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. (S6O-00554)
Colin Beattie: That area of my constituency is heavily used, by my constituents and those in the surrounding areas, every day. A bottleneck situation often develops because of the volume of traffic, which is frustrating for road users. What specific action can the Scottish Government take to address the delays to beginning the works at the Sheriffhall roundabout? Can he provide any reassurance to my...
Colin Beattie: Can the minister provide further information on the most recent assessment of the Lanarkshire plant’s productivity?
Colin Beattie: I welcome and support the Scotland Loves Local campaign. There are many reasons why we should all endeavour to purchase what we need from local businesses and support our local community projects. As never before, we have relied on our local businesses and communities to see us through the pandemic, especially during lockdown. Notably, we all encountered global supply issues. Most often, that...
Colin Beattie: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what targeted support it is providing to communities to help deal with antisocial behaviour. (S6O-00462)
Colin Beattie: Can the minister outline how experiences and perceptions of antisocial behaviour in Scotland have changed over the past decade?
Colin Beattie: 2. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reported Crown Office findings that there has been a 9 per cent increase in reported charges with a “domestic abuse identifier” during the Covid-19 pandemic, what action it is taking to support victims of domestic violence. (S6O-00338)
Colin Beattie: What steps is the Scottish Government taking to ensure that more people are aware of the support that the cabinet secretary outlined in his answer, and what support will be given to local organisations to help them to deliver their services?
Colin Beattie: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how it will support opportunities for the culture sector to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic this winter. (S6O-00324)
Colin Beattie: I am glad to hear that Scotland’s artists and venues have cause for hope. Will the minister join me in welcoming the return of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations as an example of the resilience of the Scottish culture sector?
Colin Beattie: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the Covid recovery secretary has had with ministerial colleagues regarding action to support the hospitality sector to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. (S6O-00172)
Colin Beattie: What support is being provided to the retail and hospitality sectors, which are increasingly facing non-compliance with the requirement to wear face coverings and physical distancing?
Colin Beattie: I am pleased to have the opportunity to explore some of the content of the Scottish Government’s programme for government. There is much there to commend, but I promise Mr Cameron that I will studiously avoid using the words “ambitious” and “bold”, given that they offend him so much. In my short speech, I can highlight only a few of the many important initiatives that are detailed...