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Richard Lyle: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will pass on any health budget consequentials resulting from the United Kingdom budget to Scotland’s national health service. (S5O-02513)
Richard Lyle: We know that the Tories’ promised uplift for Scotland’s NHS has already been cut by £50 million, with the cumulative impact being that more than a quarter of a billion pounds will be withheld from Scotland’s health service over the next five years. In its budget, the UK Government failed to set out that further consequentials over the years to come would not be cut further, thereby...
Richard Lyle: What a shame.
Richard Lyle: W ill the member take an intervention?
Richard Lyle: Will the member take an intervention?
Richard Lyle: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on a digital society for all, and I thank the minister for the opportunity to talk about the record of the Government on delivering digital participation, thereby providing better access to fair work and higher-wage jobs, which were a key priority for me in my election to Parliament. Many members may think that they know all about...
Richard Lyle: Will the Government set out how it is ensuring that, where there are good examples of partnership working across Scotland between local authorities and ELC providers, the lessons can be applied to areas where partnership working needs to be improved?
Richard Lyle: I, too, welcome the minister to her new post. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this debate on the process of remand in our justice system. In the early 1980s, when I was a district councillor, it was my privilege to be nominated as a justice of the peace to serve on Motherwell district court. After appropriate training, I sat on the court twice a month. Over the years, I heard...
Richard Lyle: Will the cabinet secretary clarify how many trains arrived on time in the f irst quarter of 2018-19 ? What effect has recent bad weather had on punctuality? Can he confirm whether Network Rail’s functions are devolved to Scotland?
Richard Lyle: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Network Rail to ensure that it responds to residents’ complaints regarding rodents on the track at Carfin, Motherwell. (S5O-02351)
Richard Lyle: I recognise that Network Rail does not come under the responsibility of the Scottish ministers. Does the cabinet secretary agree that this case is another example of the worrying trend of UK Government departments and agencies ignoring Scotland’s elected representatives? What action can we take to ensure that Network Rail and others respond to requests to attend meetings and communicate...
Richard Lyle: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recently published GERS figures. (S5O-02299)
Richard Lyle: I, for one, welcome that Scotland’s public finances are improving and encourage every member in this chamber to celebrate the news that overall revenue in Scotland is £60 billion, for the first time ever. Surely the cabinet secretary agrees that such figures underline that Scotland has a productive and growing economy, despite the UK Government’s London-centric economic policies.
Richard Lyle: Does the minister accept the National Audit Office’s conclusion that the rise in the number of homeless families in the United Kingdom is “likely to have been driven” by the UK Tory Government’s welfare changes?
Richard Lyle: 14. To ask the Scottish Government what the national health service policy is on access to in vitro fertilisation treatment by couples. (S5O-02252)
Richard Lyle: My constituents, who have been unsuccessful twice with treatment, were told that they could have a third attempt, but NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde maintains that they are not entitled to that. Will the minister meet me and my constituents to discuss what can only be described as an outrageous situation for them?
Richard Lyle: The bill will provide for the devolution of Crown Estate Scotland assets. Those include, but are not limited to, rural estates, mineral rights, fishing rights, urban assets, the sea bed and the foreshore. The bill could be life changing for many of our communities and should be supported. It will bring opportunities to communities and local authorities, and, with local decision making at its...
Richard Lyle: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to amend the entitlement to access legal aid. (S5O-02192)
Richard Lyle: I welcome what the minister says. What plans, if any, does the Scottish Government have to review, in particular, the support that is provided to those who face additional challenges, including those from low-income backgrounds, to ensure that they can access the justice that we all wish to see served?
Richard Lyle: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this most important debate, at a historic moment for Scotland on our journey towards creating a more equal country for all. I have heard people ask why we introduced the bill. The answer is simple: it is clear and it is absolutely right that we in this Parliament want to address the injustice that people experienced simply because of their sexual...