Colin Beattie: Will the cabinet secretary confirm how much the Scottish Government spends on mitigating harmful UK Government policies? Does the cabinet secretary agree with the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, who wrote that “mitigation comes at a price and is not sustainable”?
Colin Beattie: The British Egg Industry Council has recently contacted me with concerns about catastrophic tariffs and lowered food standards in the event of a no-deal Brexit. To protect our industries and the quality of produce that we consume, will the Scottish Government continue to put pressure on the reckless UK Government to abandon the notion of leaving the EU without a deal?
Colin Beattie: What arrangements have been made by other UK Administrations to make sure that farmers and crofters get their basic payments ahead of a no-deal Brexit?
Colin Beattie: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the Scottish Environment Protection Agency classifying the sea water at Fisherrow in Musselburgh as poor in 2018-19, and the potential impact that this has on tourism, and the health of people bathing, in the area. (S5O-03460)
Colin Beattie: Specifically, what more can the Scottish Government do to help East Lothian Council manage the situation? Is there a timeframe to completion?
Colin Beattie: For centuries, Scotland has reached overseas for commerce and culture. Contacts through the years were particularly strong with the low countries, France, the Hanseatic league, the German nations and so many more. Sadly, most of those relationships came to an end following the treaty of union in 1707, with the consequent narrowing of our horizons to focus on the rest of the UK and its empire....
Colin Beattie: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report on the fact-finding visit to the United Kingdom by the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. (S5O-03303)
Colin Beattie: I note that the special rapporteur pointed out that Scotland is mitigating the worst impacts of UK Government austerity, but that “mitigation comes at a price and is not sustainable.” Does the cabinet secretary agree that if the UK Government does not reverse its harmful policies, it is time that Scotland had the powers to do so itself?
Colin Beattie: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in the debate on the report. I thank the clerks and all concerned for producing it. The key area of scrutiny was business gateway, which is of huge importance to businesses that are in the early stages of development, particularly those that are in start-up mode. Business gateway was originally intended to be a one-stop shop to service clients, but...
Colin Beattie: International museum day has been an important date in our calendar since its inception, in 1977. It presents us with an opportunity to consider the extraordinary privilege that we have in Scotland to be able to enjoy such a vast wealth of museums and a vast breadth of galleries of all kinds across our mainland and our islands. I know that the Presiding Officer would have wished to take part...
Colin Beattie: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to celebrate international museum day on 18 May. (S5O-03216)
Colin Beattie: The cabinet secretary may be aware of the parliamentary event that I am sponsoring on 14 May in conjunction with Museums Galleries Scotland. Could she outline what support the Scottish Government intends to provide to museums across Scotland this year to ensure that those vital elements of local, national and global history and culture remain embedded in our communities?
Colin Beattie: Can the cabinet secretary indicate what percentage of delays over the past year are attributable to the Tory Government’s shambolic operation of Network Rail?
Colin Beattie: Can the cabinet secretary confirm that all clinical staff who are responsible for infection control receive on-going training to ensure that they are in line with best practice?
Colin Beattie: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to promote more community engagement with elderly people, given Scotland’s ageing population.
Colin Beattie: The minister may be aware of initiatives in my constituency, such as the Hollies drop-in centre in Musselburgh or the men’s shed in Mayfield. What steps will the Scottish Government take to ensure that such successful schemes will continue to thrive, in my constituency and across Scotland?
Colin Beattie: I am of an age to have been brought up hearing the immortal words in my ears, “Beam me up, Scotty.” Space may be our final frontier, but the galaxy is no longer far, far away. Scotland has the opportunity to be a leader in the on-going reach for space, and we can become a significant force in the context of space advancement and industry for years to come. Scotland has already begun the...
Colin Beattie: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on non-medically qualified practitioners providing Botox and other similar treatments. (S5O-02964)
Colin Beattie: Given that desperate circumstances sometimes force people to undergo such risky treatments, what steps is the Scottish Government taking to improve access to such services on the national health service and to better regulate the industry?
Colin Beattie: The cabinet secretary has outlined some of the challenges currently being faced in recruiting staff. Can she outline how NHS Lothian figures today compare with staffing figures in 2007?