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Scottish Parliament: Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (3 Dec 2020)

Claudia Beamish: I thank Paul Wheelhouse for introducing the Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill. I welcome the bill as an opportunity to address concerns around the sector and as a move towards decarbonising heat. It is also an opportunity to lift thousands of families out of fuel poverty. I will leave the committee members who are speaking today to outline the recommendations, which we support, during this...

Scottish Parliament: Burntisland Fabrications (2 Dec 2020)

Claudia Beamish: We are confronted with a multitude of crises, from Covid-19 and its effect on the economy and employment around the country to the climate and nature emergencies. A conscientious and strategic Government would be making substantial steps and investments to tackle all those crises in tandem. I join my Labour colleagues in condemning the Scottish Government’s decision to withdraw the...

Scottish Parliament: Independent Review of Grouse Moor Management (26 Nov 2020)

Claudia Beamish: I thank the minister for prior sight of her statement. Scottish Labour has long called for a licensing system and the minister’s statement today is welcome for the sake of the nature and climate emergencies that we face and the sustainable future of rural economies. In view of the gravity of the situation, will the minister reconsider and commit today or in the near future to bringing...

Scottish Parliament: Declaration of a Nature Emergency (18 Nov 2020)

Claudia Beamish: I thank Mark Ruskell for raising this important issue for debate. Biodiversity is far more important to our country than many people might realise. It underpins a healthy environment and is the foundation for many jobs, a key part of Scottish tourism, an inspiration and a joy for us all and for Scotland’s great cultural figures, past and present. Scottish Labour stands for many points in...

Scottish Parliament: Waste Exports (17 Nov 2020)

Claudia Beamish: As we have heard, it is shocking how much of what could be reused, recycled and remanufactured is being exported. In view of the fact that there will, disappointingly, not be a circular economy bill during the current parliamentary session, what specific support and advice has been given on the development of remanufacturing—particularly of plastics—as part of an industrial strategy?...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments Strategy 2020-21 (12 Nov 2020)

Claudia Beamish: In his statement, the cabinet secretary stated that we are only “beginning to plan long-term change to make farming and food production in Scotland more sustainable.” Climate change waits for no one. What other recommendations from the farming for 1.5 degrees report will he take forward in conjunction with farmers, beyond those on suckler beef? When will the long-awaited food and farming...

Scottish Parliament: Environment Bill (12 Nov 2020)

Claudia Beamish: The scourge of Brexit creates a distraction from working on Covid-related matters, net zero and other issues about the future of Scotland. It is very time consuming and a real frustration in committee work. However, we have an obligation to ensure that the arrangements are the best that they can be for the future of our environment and that we have as seamless a transition as possible....

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Budget Shortfalls) (11 Nov 2020)

Claudia Beamish: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what measures it plans to take to meet any budget shortfall that local authorities are facing going into winter. (S5O-04733)

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Budget Shortfalls) (11 Nov 2020)

Claudia Beamish: I thank the cabinet secretary for that detailed answer. However, local authorities have little resilience after 10 years of cuts, despite all the different funds that the cabinet secretary has highlighted. The Scottish Parliament information centre has estimated that funding to local authorities fell by 7 per cent in real terms between 2013 and 2020. Additional support for local authorities,...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Oct 2020)

Claudia Beamish: The continuity bill is fundamental to the way forward for our devolved settlement as Brexit deadlines, sadly, approach all too fast. The bill as introduced and the scrutiny so far afforded by both committees are significant. I intend to focus on some of the concerns that were raised by the ECCLR Committee in our unanimous stage 1 report, which I do not believe have yet been resolved by the...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Inquiry (28 Oct 2020)

Claudia Beamish: This is a valuable debate, in which we can all learn from each other about local energy experiences, successes and challenges. I commend the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee for its work in looking at the Government’s energy policy. I stress that, in my view and in the view of Scottish Labour, there is no equitable path to protecting the climate without an industrial strategy for...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Inquiry (28 Oct 2020)

Claudia Beamish: I will do. A national energy company could take on the energy quadrilemma with vigour and could be a key part of our climate future—

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (7 Oct 2020)

Claudia Beamish: Throughout the divisive and disempowering Brexit process, Scottish Labour has taken a keen interest in developments about which we have become increasingly alarmed. That particularly—though by no means exclusively—relates to the development of the post-EU arrangements for trade and our precious environment, and to the grave threat to devolution. When I spoke previously in the chamber on...

Scottish Parliament: Marine Protected Areas (1 Oct 2020)

Claudia Beamish: Given that marine conservation and fisheries issues are missing from the Scottish Government’s economic recovery implementation plan, will the minister say what action will be taken to deliver a blue recovery that would enhance marine health and support inshore fishers to meet sustainability requirements while also supporting local coastal communities?

Scottish Parliament: Chronic Pain Treatment (Restoration of Services) (23 Sep 2020)

Claudia Beamish: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is taking to restore chronic pain treatment services, in light of official statistics for the quarter ending 30 June 2020, which recorded that over half of new patients waited over 18 weeks for a first appointment. (S5O-04620)

Scottish Parliament: Chronic Pain Treatment (Restoration of Services) (23 Sep 2020)

Claudia Beamish: I thank the minister for that answer. It is very encouraging that there will be immediate action, because many chronic pain patients have suffered without specialist pain relief for up to six months, including some in my region, since Scotland’s NHS clinics were halted. Some patients have had to seek relief in England and pay for their treatment, which is of course not possible for...

Scottish Parliament: Internal Market (10 Sep 2020)

Claudia Beamish: Does the cabinet secretary agree that, in clauses 2 to 9, there is a grave risk of the baseline being far too low, in view of Scotland’s good environmental record and specifically in respect of the four EU environmental principles as well as the agriculture and food standards that members have highlighted? Does he agree that that is totally unacceptable and against our interests in trade,...

Scottish Parliament: Vacant and Derelict Land (9 Sep 2020)

Claudia Beamish: [ Inaudible. ]—the Government’s commitment to identify vacant and derelict sites for green infrastructure initiatives be targeted at those in depressed areas, given that research has shown that half of Scotland’s population in those communities live within 500m of such sites? I note what the cabinet secretary says about the task force, but I hope that the point I have raised will be...

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance (Delivery Date) (3 Sep 2020)

Claudia Beamish: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what the revised delivery date for carers allowance is and when the transfer of cases will take place. (S5O-04543)

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance (Delivery Date) (3 Sep 2020)

Claudia Beamish: I thank the cabinet secretary for her answer, and note that she will inform us of those dates. As the cabinet secretary knows, unpaid carers across Scotland have been putting in the toughest shifts during the pandemic, often without breaks. The 78,000 of them who got the additional supplement are, as many of us will have heard across Scotland, deeply grateful for that support, but many have...


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