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Scottish Parliament: South Lanarkshire Care Homes (Closure) (28 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: This week, South Lanarkshire health and social care partnership voted to close two care homes, including McClymont House in Lanark, to help to plug a £33 million funding shortfall. The closures will save just £600,000 next year, but they are devastating for residents—older, vulnerable people who now face being kicked out of their homes. The partnership, which includes councillors in the...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (Dumfries and Galloway) (28 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to support the reversal of the reported reduction of bus services in Dumfries and Galloway. (S6O-03279)

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (Dumfries and Galloway) (28 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: Services across the region have been in decline for more than a decade, and so have local government budgets. An independent report that went to this month’s meeting of the South West of Scotland Transport Partnership warned that the situation is going to get worse. A summary of the report notes that “The fragile position of the bus industry in Dumfries and Galloway is acute ......

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

Colin Smyth: The debate has shown that people get that we cannot dot every i and cross every t of a rural support scheme in primary legislation. We need flexibility to ensure that changes can be made when needed without having to revisit the primary legislation. However, several speakers have rightly highlighted that there is a difference between a framework bill and, frankly, an empty frame. It is eight...

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

Colin Smyth: Mr Fairlie is asking us to write a manifesto for the next election, but Labour in government has consistently committed to providing the funding that our agriculture sector needs. Rhoda Grant was clear that we should not subject that to the Barnett formula. The disproportionate amount that comes to Scotland at the moment should continue in the future, but the Scottish Government needs to take...

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

Colin Smyth: If I have time, I will certainly take Mr Fairlie’s question.

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

Colin Smyth: I will continue, and I hope that I might answer some of his points. There has been no real sense of policy direction from the Government. There has not even been a commitment to statutory consultation on the future support plans. No measurable target has been outlined by the Government. There is no detail on how the Government would allocate any funding that is given and the breakdown of that...

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

Colin Smyth: The bill is an opportunity to better distribute the support that we provide. Rhoda Grant and Richard Leonard highlighted that too much of our current support goes to too few. We need to look at issues and powers such as cap and taper payments and free front-loading.

Scottish Parliament: Smoking and Vaping (26 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: I thank climate activist Laura Young and others, including the Daily Record , for their successful campaign to ban disposable vapes. However, as we know, refillable vapes will still be available. Earlier today, I met pupils from Peebles high school, and secondary 1 pupil Jess highlighted that disposable vapes are clearly marketed in her direction through packaging, flavours and shop displays....

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

Colin Smyth: It has been a long stage 3 process, but it has been an even longer wait for action to disrupt the undeniable link between driven grouse moors and raptor persecution. Rhoda Grant reminded us that it is nearly 14 years since Labour member Peter Peacock lodged an amendment to the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill that sought to establish licensing. It was dismissed at the time by...

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

Colin Smyth: The reality is that Mark Ruskell fails to explain why, when we had stage 2 and stage 3 amendments, he took the whip from Edward Mountain more than he listened to the animal welfare charities. Dozens of amendments were lodged, and Mr Ruskell voted against every one of them. [ Interruption .] He thinks that it is amusing that we cannot have the improvements to the bill that could have been...

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

Colin Smyth: Those people who think that it is acceptable to illegally shoot, trap and poison protected birds of prey on our grouse moors are the only ones who should fear the bill. I hope that, as a result of the bill, their time will, at long last, be well and truly up.

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

Colin Smyth: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported cyberattack on NHS Dumfries and Galloway. (S6T-01869)

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

Colin Smyth: So far, the attacks do not appear to have caused any major disruption to patient services, which is welcome. However, it is deeply worrying that there is a risk that hackers were able to acquire a significant amount of information, which could include identifying data on patients and staff. We know from past attacks on the NHS that the motive can often be related to extortion attempts on...

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

Colin Smyth: Cyberattacks on the NHS are not new, obviously, but it is clear from this attack that they are becoming more common and more sophisticated. Of course, they are not unique to NHS Dumfries and Galloway. Following the attack, which has led to a breach of confidential data, and given that the security that is used by the health board will have been very similar to that which is used by the NHS...

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

Colin Smyth: Glue traps are barbaric, cruel and indiscriminate. Rats and mice, and sometimes non-target species, that are stuck in traps often remain there until the person who set the trap comes to kill them.

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

Colin Smyth: I am sure that Edward Mountain will have an opportunity to speak in the debate, but I will still give way to him at this point.

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

Colin Smyth: Any animal crossing a glue trap will be caught. The reality is that the cruelty to rats and mice is absolutely clear for everyone to see. No matter who sets such traps, sentient animals suffer appalling distress during that time, which is why glue traps should be banned, and that ban should be watertight. It is typical of Edward Mountain that, once again, he adopts a do-nothing attitude and...

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

Colin Smyth: Far be it from me to be sceptical that Edward Mountain wants to remove completely the ban on snaring but, if his argument is that he wants snaring to be licensed even though he supports a ban, why did he not lodge amendments at this stage for a licensing scheme instead of bringing an amendment that is clearly designed to wreck the ban on snaring, which, frankly, is long overdue to be outlawed?


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