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Scottish Parliament: Budget (Impact on Highlands and Islands) (27 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: I will link my question to the Highlands and Islands region, because South Scotland faces similar challenges.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: Rhoda Grant mentioned market gardening. There are some really good producers that produce a lot of local produce for delivery in a very small area. Does she agree that we need to think about how we support smaller producers such as market gardeners?

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: I am pleased to speak in the debate in support of the general principles of the Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill. Previously, I was a substitute member of the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee and had been present for some of the evidence sessions. My colleagues on the committee must be thanked for all their work, including the committee clerks and everyone who came to...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: We need to look at the wide range of what is happening in food production across Scotland. As we move forward, I will certainly be engaging to hear everyone’s feedback, and I thank the member for that intervention. I know that members will cover other aspects of the stage 1 report and the inquiry, including the creation, monitoring and evaluation of the rural support plan, so I will not go...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: No, I am in my last 10 seconds. In fact, I probably have no seconds left, so my apologies. The committee believes that it is important for the Parliament to have oversight of the minister’s strategic priorities, budget priorities and the consequential impact on the support schemes. There should be democratic oversight and an appropriate level of scrutiny. I realise that time is short. I...

Scottish Parliament: Smoking and Vaping (26 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: As co-convener of the cross-party group on lung health, I recently heard from a mother about how her school-aged daughter has experienced anxiety, agitation, aggression, depression and a shortage of breath since starting to vape. She has also missed school. What further steps can be taken to minimise the health impacts of youth vaping?

Scottish Parliament: GP Surgery Closures (Highlands and Islands) (21 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: I thank all of Scotland’s GPs for the invaluable work that they do to support the health and wellbeing needs of people across the country. I worked as a nurse for more than 30 years and know how valuable, essential and important our GPs and the multidisciplinary teams in GP practices are. I am really sorry that I will not be able to stay for the whole debate, and I thank the Presiding...

Scottish Parliament: GP Surgery Closures (Highlands and Islands) (21 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: I will not, because I have only four minutes. I am sorry, but I also have to shoot out of here to meet the George Washington University students. The statistics that Douglas Ross mentioned really highlight the challenges that older people in rural areas face with travel to different areas. He mentioned a four-hour bus journey to get to Lossiemouth, which would be quite a challenge for older...

Scottish Parliament: ASN Assistants (Qualification and Registration) (21 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: Can the cabinet secretary further detail how the record funding provided by local government—which was provided to it by the Scottish Government—is improving outcomes for young people with additional support needs, including in Dumfries and Galloway?

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: I welcome the opportunity to speak in the stage 3 debate, not least because I am member of the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee and because I lodged a number of amendments to the bill at both stage 2 and stage 3. I very much appreciate the minister’s help with that. It has been interesting to be part of the scrutiny process for the bill, which supports wildlife management and muirburn. I...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: Presiding Officer, I do not know how much time there is for interventions.

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: Okay—I will not take an intervention, then; I will keep going. Raptor persecution is a serious problem in some parts of Scotland, particularly in areas that are linked to driven grouse shooting. We heard another report just four hours ago on STV about a missing hen harrier called Shalimar, which is the fourth bird to disappear suspiciously from the Angus glens. Of the 131 tagged golden...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: I have said that I am not taking any interventions. It is worth repeating that the Scottish Government recognises that grouse shooting contributes immensely to the rural economy. For many years, conservation groups have reported the number of raptors over grouse moors to be lower than expected. I will touch on one other issue, because I realise that we are short of time. The introduction of...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Cyberattack) (19 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: My question is in a similar vein to Colin Smyth’s. The NHS board is working with the National Crime Agency, the UK National Cyber Security Centre, the Scottish Government and the Information Commissioner to mitigate and investigate the recent cyberattack. It was clear at yesterday’s NHS briefing that the board was not able to provide full information, as advised by those professional...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: As we discussed at stage 2, the need for monitoring and reporting must be balanced with the resources that are available to the Scottish Government and other stakeholders. In response to the stage 1 report, the then lead minister for the bill, Gillian Martin, emphasised the Government’s commitment to additional reporting where that would be beneficial, and I welcomed that. Amendments 76, 78...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: It is absolutely necessary that we monitor what is happening with our raptor species in rural areas. I know that members from all parties agree that raptor persecution is a despicable act that is carried out by very few people. The bill seeks to support the fact that most wildlife management is conducted lawfully and contributes so much to the rural economy. I am pleased that the minister...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: Thank you, Presiding Officer—I know that time is getting on, so I willnae be speaking too long. The need for a muirburn season is well understood and was set out in the Hill Farming Act 1946. It ensures that muirburn is carried out only when the risk of economic, social and environment damage is at a minimum. For example, the muirburn season ends in spring in order to ensure that protected...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: Give me a wee second to finish that thought, please, given that it is 19:03. There are different permitted reasons for carrying out muirburn, depending on whether it is on peatland and whether it is carried out during the muirburn season. I give way to Mr Carson.

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: I do not really understand what the member meant by “whatever”, but I am sure that the member, and all members, would agree on the principle of minimising the risk of economic, social and environmental damage to our peatland and grouse areas. Licences will be granted appropriately in season, and will be granted outside the season only if the licensing authority is satisfied that it is...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Emma Harper: I apologise for not picking up the essence of Mr Carson’s first intervention, but Rachael Hamilton helped to clarify it, as did the minister. My understanding is that merlin breed on grouse moors. Sometimes, when muirburn is carried out, that can affect those birds and their ability to survive. I will not rehearse what I said, but I am glad to hear that the minister agrees with my reasons...


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