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Scottish Parliament: Water Safety (23 Mar 2016)

Drew Smith: Presiding Officer, thank you for the opportunity to take part in this short debate and for all the support, encouragement and occasional discipline that I have received from you and your colleagues over the past five years. As other members have done, I thank Alex Rowley for securing this debate. It has been a privilege to get to know him since he came to this place in 2014, and indeed to get...

Scottish Parliament: Inequality (23 Mar 2016)

Drew Smith: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what policies it has instigated to achieve a greater degree of equality between the most and least wealthy areas of the country. (S4O-05697)

Scottish Parliament: Inequality (23 Mar 2016)

Drew Smith: I am grateful to the cabinet secretary for his response and I welcome many of the initiatives that he highlights, particularly in relation to welfare. I must congratulate him on getting through that answer without once using the word “redistribution”. I recently heard it said that Scotland is becoming the best place in the world to be middle class. Does the cabinet secretary agree that,...

Scottish Parliament: Strengthening Local Democracy (Constitutional Convention) (23 Mar 2016)

Drew Smith: 5. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on the call from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities for a constitutional convention to restore and strengthen local democracy. (S4F-03332)

Scottish Parliament: Strengthening Local Democracy (Constitutional Convention) (23 Mar 2016)

Drew Smith: Presiding Officer, I thank the First Minister for that answer and wish her, you and all members well. Would a fitting legacy of the debate that we have had in this Parliament about our powers not be to engage with the proposal for a constitutional convention and finally restore local government in Scotland rather than simply local administration?

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (8 Mar 2016)

Drew Smith: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (1 Mar 2016)

Drew Smith: I am grateful for the opportunity to close the debate on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party. Social security has been a bit of a focus of mine while I have been in the Parliament, and I want to thank members of the Welfare Reform Committee—past and present—as well as the clerks to the committee, spokespeople and ministers and their predecessors. An issue in which I was involved early on...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Feb 2016)

Drew Smith: I think that other members have already made the point that this budget debate is probably the most important one that this Parliament has had since it was established some 17 years ago. During the devolution referendum, the people of Scotland endorsed two principles: first, a Parliament; and secondly, a Parliament with the power to vary income tax. In 1999, John Swinney and his colleagues...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Feb 2016)

Drew Smith: The Deputy First Minister was asked a question during the debate. We know that tens of thousands of workers have already left local government, and COSLA has estimated that 15,000 would leave as a result of this budget. Does he have an estimate, and will he share it with Parliament?

Scottish Parliament: “Personal Footcare Guidance” (Review) (11 Feb 2016)

Drew Smith: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to review the “Personal Footcare Guidance”. (S4O-05556)

Scottish Parliament: “Personal Footcare Guidance” (Review) (11 Feb 2016)

Drew Smith: I thank the minister for her answer. She might be aware that my colleague, Patricia Ferguson, recently raised concerns with the cabinet secretary about the podiatry service that is being offered by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Although I do not want to go into individual cases, I have examples of elderly and blind constituents who have been told to cut their own nails. My concern is about...

Scottish Parliament: Education (10 Feb 2016)

Drew Smith: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Education (10 Feb 2016)

Drew Smith: Will Joan McAlpine give way?

Scottish Parliament: Education (10 Feb 2016)

Drew Smith: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would appreciate your guidance on the courtesy that members can expect to receive from other members who repeatedly refer to others’ political arguments as hypocrisy and fail even to engage in the simple courtesy of debate. Is it in order for a member to behave in the way that Ms McAlpine has just done by repeatedly referring to others as hypocrites...

Scottish Parliament: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (9 Feb 2016)

Drew Smith: I am grateful for the opportunity to close the debate on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party. I thank the Health and Sport Committee for its report, and I thank the committee clerks and everyone who engaged in the consultation on the proposal. I also thank the minority of committee members who took part in the debate. It is regrettable that other members, who expressed strong views in the...

Scottish Parliament: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (9 Feb 2016)

Drew Smith: I am sorry. Mr MacKenzie was reluctant to take interventions from others but is keen to intervene during other members’ speeches. I would rather make progress. There are facts on which all members agree. Most important, we agree that there are more members of the public who express support for organ donation than there are donors who have got round to opting into the register. The...

Scottish Parliament: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (9 Feb 2016)

Drew Smith: The Labour Party has had a public position on opt-out donation for some time. The point that I am concerned with is not whether people disagree with the bill, but that some people who have publicly supported and endorsed the campaign now intend to vote against a bill that would deliver it. The technicalities of the bill are important. They were important three, four and five years ago. They...


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