Results 1–20 of 760 for speaker:Alexander Stewart

Scottish Parliament: Smoking and Vaping (26 Mar 2024)

Alexander Stewart: In her statement, the minister talked about a tobacco and vaping framework and about improving the existing register of tobacco and nicotine vapour product retailers. Nations such as the Netherlands take a more concise approach to the issue: all fruity flavours and aromas that might appeal to young people and those who are new to the habit are banned, and only tobacco flavours are allowed. Is...

Scottish Parliament: Spring Budget (Barnett Consequentials) (21 Mar 2024)

Alexander Stewart: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to spend the £295 million in Barnett consequential funding arising from the United Kingdom Government’s 2024 spring budget. (S6O-03241)

Scottish Parliament: Spring Budget (Barnett Consequentials) (21 Mar 2024)

Alexander Stewart: The Scottish National Party Government consistently misleads the public about the amount of funding that it receives from the UK Government, but the facts speak for themselves. In 2024-25, the Scottish Government will get £43 billion in a block grant and will receive more than £2,000 per person for public services, but that advantage has been completely squandered by the SNP Government,...

Scottish Parliament: Cultural Cinema (20 Mar 2024)

Alexander Stewart: In October, Creative Scotland is due to decide on £87.4 million-worth of applications from 285 organisations, many of which are in the cinema sector. That gives an indication of the extent of the culture and creative sector that exists across Scotland. How can we ensure that the many applicants who aspire to enter cinematography who do not receive funding are not discouraged from entering...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Forth Valley Assurance and Improvement Plan (13 Mar 2024)

Alexander Stewart: It is unclear how the required improvements to urgent and unscheduled care at NHS Forth Valley will take place, and the picture on psychological therapies and children’s mental health is extremely challenging. What improvements have been made and what action can be taken to ensure that patients are given the care that they require?

Scottish Parliament: Creative Scotland Funding (Rein Film Project) (12 Mar 2024)

Alexander Stewart: Will the cabinet secretary inform us when he first learned about the funding issues? Will he be transparent regarding the content of the application, by ensuring that it is published in full? Does he agree that Creative Scotland should urgently review all decision-making processes for funding applications?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Alexander Stewart: I am pleased to open the debate on behalf of the Scottish Conservatives, although it is disappointing that the Government has chosen to waste parliamentary time by debating today’s farcical motion. This is not the first time that that has happened this year. Only two weeks ago, the Parliament was debating hypothetical social security powers in a hypothetical independent Scotland. Anyone...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Alexander Stewart: I will take some time before I take an intervention; I might take one later. My amendment calls for the Government to put a stop to the continuous grandstanding based on constitutional grievances, which is where we have been and where we are again today. My amendment calls for the Government to stop engineering a farcical politics based on non-existent powers in a non-existent future. It...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Alexander Stewart: There are many views and the situation is dire. We have to admit that. I want to see progress on a resolution to things and to see a two-state situation in that part of the world. There are attempts to achieve that. Even today, discussions are taking place in other parts of the middle east to try to create a ceasefire, and I look forward to that happening in the future. Given the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Alexander Stewart: Thank you, Presiding Officer. The SNP Government is clearly willing to continue the same old narrative week after week. Taking such an approach is within its gift—we know that it can do that, and it chooses to do it. However, members on the Conservative benches will continue to call out this Government’s abandonment of its duties and the communities that we represent. It is time for the...

Scottish Parliament: HM Prison and Young Offenders Institution Stirling (29 Feb 2024)

Alexander Stewart: Disturbances at HMP YOI Stirling continue almost daily and have a serious detrimental effect on residents and the local community. The Scottish Prison Service has attempted to consult and to rectify the situation, but nothing that has been implemented to date has made any significant or lasting difference. Residents believe that the prison is out of control. What further action can the...

Scottish Parliament: Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal 2024 (29 Feb 2024)

Alexander Stewart: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate and I congratulate Paul Sweeney on securing it. Like other members, I have been a great supporter of Marie Curie for many years. Everyone deserves to get the right care and support at the end of life, and Marie Curie tirelessly shows compassion across all parts of Scotland, including in my Mid Scotland and Fife region. The amazing work that it...

Scottish Parliament: Screen Machine (28 Feb 2024)

Alexander Stewart: I, too, welcome Kaukab Stewart to her post. On behalf of my party, I also echo the comments that have been made with reference to Alexei Navalny. Since 1998, the Screen Machine has brought the newest films to more than 40 remote locations. However, in April, that service will expire. With the cost of a replacement vehicle being £1.4 million, Regional Screen Scotland is pleading with the...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Alexander Stewart: I am pleased to be able to contribute to the debate on behalf of the Scottish Conservatives and I will support the amendment in the name of Jeremy Balfour. It is right that the Scottish social security system be used to support those who are suffering due to the cost of living crisis. With the significant social security powers that Scotland now has available to it, we would expect nothing...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Alexander Stewart: There is no doubt that mistakes have been made on all sides. However, the basic necessity is to ensure that individuals receive, and have been receiving, support. As I said, Scotland is taking longer and getting more complaints, so your record on that process is not blameless. The UK Government has made mistakes, and I have admitted them many times in the past. I do not necessarily always...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Alexander Stewart: I call on them to do so.

Scottish Parliament: Robert Burns (Promotion) (31 Jan 2024)

Alexander Stewart: The annual report on Scotland’s international network states that the Scottish Government’s international offices work to promote Scotland’s international profile through things such as holding events on St Andrew’s day or for Burns night. Will the cabinet secretary confirm how much all nine international offices spent on Burns night celebrations this year? Will he explain the merits...

Scottish Parliament: HMP and YOI Polmont (Adult Male Prisoners) (31 Jan 2024)

Alexander Stewart: 6. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that the housing of adult male prisoners at HMP and YOI Polmont is being considered, what its position is on whether such an announcement should be made to the Parliament. (S6O-03035)

Scottish Parliament: HMP and YOI Polmont (Adult Male Prisoners) (31 Jan 2024)

Alexander Stewart: The Scottish National Party Government has let crime spiral out of control. As a result, there is a rapidly increasing prison population, which is putting enormous pressure on already stretched resources. Those factors mean that prison services feel that they have no other option than to house male adults in prisons alongside young offenders. Will the cabinet secretary confirm that the move...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (30 Jan 2024)

Alexander Stewart: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?


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