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Scottish Parliament: School Transport Costs (21 Mar 2024)

Monica Lennon: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what support it can provide to any local authorities that are struggling to meet the rising costs associated with providing school transport, so that children and young people can travel to school in a safe, efficient and affordable manner. (S6O-03238)

Scottish Parliament: School Transport Costs (21 Mar 2024)

Monica Lennon: Notwithstanding the funding that the cabinet secretary has mentioned, and without giving away our exact ages, the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 is older than me and the cabinet secretary and many people believe that the act’s minimum home-to-school provisions are no longer fit for purpose. Changing legislation takes time, but my young Lanarkshire constituents and their families need action...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Monica Lennon: As a member of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee, I am pleased to be speaking in the debate. I associate myself with the remarks of the committee’s convener, Edward Mountain. Other committees have been involved, and I record my thanks to our clerks, the Scottish Parliament information centre’s team and the many witnesses who informed our evidence. We had 10 evidence sessions...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Monica Lennon: Absolutely. We have demonstrated that on the record in the Parliament, just now. I think that we all agree that the bill is necessary: we need legislation. In 2022, Keep Scotland Beautiful declared a litter emergency in Scotland. That there is an emergency is undeniable. Despite years of campaigning, with people doing litter picks and trying their best to recycle, we still have a massive...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Monica Lennon: We absolutely need industry to play its part, but we know that that does not happen voluntarily, so we need legislation. Colleagues have mentioned France; we know that California is also a really good example of where, through legislation, there are now requirements on households and businesses to separate green waste and food waste, to donate edible waste to food recovery groups and to...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lanarkshire (Recovery) (13 Mar 2024)

Monica Lennon: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on NHS Lanarkshire’s recovery plans. (S6O-03196)

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lanarkshire (Recovery) (13 Mar 2024)

Monica Lennon: I also put my thanks to NHS Lanarkshire staff on the record. Can the cabinet secretary advise whether the downgrading of the neonatal intensive care unit at Wishaw will help or hinder NHS Lanarkshire’s performance? In his assessment, will that plan be good or bad for the babies, children and families of Lanarkshire?

Scottish Parliament: Town Centres (Investment) ( 6 Mar 2024)

Monica Lennon: Will the minister join me in commending South Lanarkshire Council for introducing ambitious town centre master plans for Hamilton and East Kilbride? Will the Government outline how it will support local authorities, which have seen a massive decline in the number of planning officers and other experts in local government? How can we get more resources and support for our planning departments?

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Monica Lennon: I am glad that Clare Haughey mentioned Anne’s law, and I welcome the report’s recommendations. I note that the committee agreed that Anne’s law should be fully implemented as soon as possible to ensure a human rights-based approach to care. Did it consider different options for its implementation, other than in the bill that was before the committee? Across the chamber, there is...

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Monica Lennon: I am glad that the minister is giving so much attention to Anne’s law. I know that Anne’s family are listening. Her husband, Campbell Duke, is listening, and her daughter, Natasha, will be listening. It is what they have to say that we all need to listen to. I appeal to the minister to make time in her diary and that of the Government, between now and stage 2—if that is where we are...

Scottish Parliament: Pathology Services (Accuracy and Reliability) (28 Feb 2024)

Monica Lennon: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what action the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service takes to ensure that any information that it receives from pathology service providers is accurate and reliable. (S6O-03127)

Scottish Parliament: Pathology Services (Accuracy and Reliability) (28 Feb 2024)

Monica Lennon: I thank the Solicitor General for that response and for clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the Lord Advocate. Her office will be aware that my constituents Ann and Gerry Stark were told repeatedly by the Crown Office and health authorities that all tissue samples of their deceased son, Richard, had been returned to the family, but that was not true. Does the Crown Office accept that...

Scottish Parliament: Nappies (Cost) (22 Feb 2024)

Monica Lennon: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking through the delivery of benefits to help families with the cost of nappies, in light of the reported increase in nappy theft linked to the cost of living crisis. (S6O-03109)

Scottish Parliament: Nappies (Cost) (22 Feb 2024)

Monica Lennon: Notwithstanding the support that is available, we know that being unable to afford essential baby items is a reality for too many of our constituents. Nappy rationing is a horrible reality for many families and has a devastating impact on babies, children and parents. The environmental benefits of reusable nappies are well known. They can also save families significant amounts of money, but...

Scottish Parliament: The Promise ( 8 Feb 2024)

Monica Lennon: 5. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the Who Cares? Scotland research report, “Is Scotland Keeping the Promise?”, which reportedly indicates that, on the fourth anniversary of the publication of “The Promise”, key pledges made to care-experienced people are not being fulfilled. (S6F-02810)

Scottish Parliament: The Promise ( 8 Feb 2024)

Monica Lennon: I agree that Who Cares? Scotland deserves credit for the report, which highlights areas of progress but also major areas of concern. To give one example, its freedom of information investigation uncovered that care-experienced children have lost more than 1.3 million school days to exclusion, despite the Promise pledging to end that exclusion. That could be just the tip of the iceberg, as...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery ( 8 Feb 2024)

Monica Lennon: As mentioned in my entry in the register of members’ interests, I am a member of Unite the union and the GMB, and I undertake other trade union activities. I join colleagues in thanking Stephen Kerr for securing this important debate. I echo my Scottish Labour colleague Daniel Johnson, who was right to say that the Scottish Government needs to devote some of its chamber debating time to the...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery ( 8 Feb 2024)

Monica Lennon: I will be guided by you as always, Deputy Presiding Officer. I welcome the commitment that the minister gave to Stephen Kerr at the start of the debate on what workers and the people of Grangemouth—and, indeed, the people of Scotland—need, which is collaboration between not only the Scottish Government and the UK Government but all the key stakeholders. Stephanie Callaghan was right to...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery ( 8 Feb 2024)

Monica Lennon: That is a useful clarification. The report mentions the Grangemouth future industry board, which I understand has been recently repurposed. Graham Simpson touched on that, and there are definitely questions about getting the right people around the table and the potential roles for the Scottish National Investment Bank and people from the community, including workers and trade unions. I know...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Land Commission (Appointment of Chair and Commissioners) (21 Dec 2023)

Monica Lennon: Will the cabinet secretary give way?


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