Results 1–20 of 432 for speaker:Finlay Carson

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Scotland (Cost) (3 Mar 2021)

Finlay Carson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what the most recent estimate is of the cost of establishing Social Security Scotland. (S5O-05075)

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Scotland (Cost) (3 Mar 2021)

Finlay Carson: The benefits take-up report that the Scottish Government published this week outlines a range of reasons why people are unaware of their benefit entitlement. What specific work is the Social Security Scotland local delivery team in Dumfries and Galloway doing to ensure that my constituents understand and can apply for all the relevant benefits for which they might be eligible?

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Service (Staffing) (25 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how many new staff will be required to meet the mental health needs of people following the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-05062)

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Service (Staffing) (25 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: Bearing in mind that, prior to the pandemic, the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland had reported serious recruitment gaps in specialist mental health services, which is coupled with a recent poll suggesting that more than one in four people believe that the pandemic will have a damaging effect on their mental health, will the minister pledge to provide the resources that are needed to...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Support for Court Services) (18 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting court services during the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-05027)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Support for Court Services) (18 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has announced further restrictions on court activity until the end of March, which is yet another blow to victims, who will now have to wait longer in their quest for justice. Why has the Scottish National Party Government not given courts, such as the one in Dumfries in my constituency, the appropriate resources to become Covid safe for business and...

Scottish Parliament: Flood Resilience (Mid Scotland and Fife) (11 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: On Christmas eve, the SEPA computer system was hacked. As well as documents being lost, some key areas of operation were severely affected. Although severe warnings that are based on forecasts are still issued, the minister will be aware that often localised extreme weather conditions are difficult to forecast. That means that river level warning systems are critical for the protection of our...

Scottish Parliament: Galloway National Park (11 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: I am pleased to speak in the debate, and I thank Emma Harper for bringing the topic to the chamber again. It is one that I know my dearly missed friend, mentor, Presiding Officer, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries and long-time champion of national parks, Sir Alex Fergusson, would have approved of. I am not sure that he would have approved of Ms Harper’s opportunism in suggesting that...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (10 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to access the app. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (10 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to vote. I would have voted no to the amendment.

Scottish Parliament: Green Recovery Inquiry (9 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: As the deputy convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, I am pleased to close the debate. As Gillian Martin stated, it is about an ECCLR Committee report, but many contributors to that report identified actions that are required across most of the Parliament’s committees, which highlights the need for an integrated plan for a green recovery. Behaviour change...

Scottish Parliament: Older People (Support) (4 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how it supports older people. (S5O-04987)

Scottish Parliament: Older People (Support) (4 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: Since the start of the pandemic, many of my elderly constituents are having to rely considerably more on technology, not only as their main or only source of communication but for online banking and health services. Worryingly, the internet is increasingly becoming the only way to access those lifeline services, but not everybody has access to those tools to support their daily living and...

Scottish Parliament: Galloway (National Park) (3 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: Back in November 2018, in response to a question from me, the First Minister said that she appreciated arguments that I had put forward calling for a national park to be established in Galloway. She stated: “We want to give full consideration to the proposal, and I am happy to ask the relevant minister to engage with the member and others who have an interest on how we can take the matter...

Scottish Parliament: Construction and Procurement of Ferry Vessels (2 Feb 2021)

Finlay Carson: Those of a certain age will remember a television show called “Blankety Blank”, which attracted millions of viewers every week. Well, it would appear that the Scottish Government is attempting to resurrect that show, but its version is certainly no laughing matter. Its version should be called “Blank Cheque”, given that we are talking about a scatter-cash SNP Government that is...

Scottish Parliament: Support for Businesses (Covid-19) (27 Jan 2021)

Finlay Carson: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the support being provided to businesses that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04959)

Scottish Parliament: Support for Businesses (Covid-19) (27 Jan 2021)

Finlay Carson: Why is the Scottish National Party Government adopting rigid and unfair criteria for Scotland’s 15,500 self-catering businesses, denying them business-saving grants of £6,000, whereas their counterparts in other parts of the United Kingdom have received top-up grants as high as £21,500? According to the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, there has been a lack of clarity, and the...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (Impact of European Union Exit) (21 Jan 2021)

Finlay Carson: The cabinet secretary says that he will keep working with stakeholders to find and implement solutions. The problem is that Mr Ewing needs to come up with solutions now. He has been criticised by the president of the NFUS for the lack of future policies, and yesterday Chris Stark, chief executive of the Climate Change Committee, criticised the Scottish Government—not for the first...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (Impact of European Union Exit) (21 Jan 2021)

Finlay Carson: Will the cabinet secretary stop—to use his own words—finger pointing, take responsibility and clearly lay out his vision for rural support post 2024?

Scottish Parliament: Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 Jan 2021)

Finlay Carson: Good afternoon, Presiding Officer.


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