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Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Representation and Reform) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: Will the minster take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Representation and Reform) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: Perhaps this will allow the minister to disagree with me. Would he find it helpful to put on the record in the chamber the Scottish Government’s approach towards automaticity of boundary changes, which is an issue that has sat around the bill? Might the bill facilitate its journey forward in an easier way?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Representation and Reform) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: Would Lorna Slater go one step further and suggest that automatic registration at, say, 14 or 15 should take place, and that, over and above what they do already, schools should be required to facilitate an understanding of the democratic purpose?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Representation and Reform) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: I thank Bob Doris for the contribution that he made while he was a member of the committee. Does he agree that the Electoral Commission itself should have the ability to control the five-year plan rather than the SPCB having the ability to alter it?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Representation and Reform) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: As convener of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, it is my pleasure to speak on behalf of the committee. It is an opportune time to debate electoral law. I am sure that all members will join me in encouraging people who are able to vote to do so next week, and to continue to vote, in future elections to which the bill relates, because our democracy is...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Representation and Reform) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: I am grateful for that intervention, but I disagree with my colleague’s point. The bill is not simply a framework bill in the style of other bills that we have considered; it delves into a great deal. Nonetheless, as my colleague will pick up in due course—indeed, he may already have done so from reading the report—some criticism has been levelled at the bill. Perhaps...

Scottish Parliament: Minister and Junior Minister (27 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: As others have done, I send my best wishes to Màiri McAllan and Iain for the arrival of what will be a bundle of joy that will take up all the time that they have. I read that Màiri McAllan said: “how could I complain” about being given, as the pregnant lady, “more work as opposed to what might have happened in previous decades when you were written...

Scottish Parliament: Standing Order Rule Changes (Legislative Consent) (27 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: I extend my apologies to the cabinet secretaries and ministers who are awaiting appointment as I bring to the chamber the results of the fourth report from my committee, which has led to motion S6M-13746. The motion invites Parliament to agree to changes to the standing order rules relating to legislative consent in order to clarify the processes relating to instances in which...

Scottish Parliament: General Question Time: Primary Care (Areas of Population Growth) (27 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: Three weeks ago, I asked the Deputy First Minister—who is in her place in the chamber—about the funding situation in Prestonpans group practice. Prestonpans is an area that has experienced significant population growth, with a growing population in the surrounding areas, including Blindwells. Will the cabinet secretary update me on what is happening and when my constituents and I will be...

Scottish Parliament: General Question Time: Childminders (20 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: Childminders are hugely valuable in our child services. What figure does the minister hope to get to for the childminding community by 2026-27, given that it is currently at 3,225 and, as previously stated, it was at 6,200 back in December 2012? What is the minister’s target?

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (18 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: Is it not right that, with young people’s involvement, particularly at the real level on farms, which involves seeing how they work, all the really difficult lessons about seasonality, years and the passage of time become much easier to understand, and they better understand their place in the environment?

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion (18 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: Is it not correct that the motion that the Parliament agreed to also requested a timeline for getting at the great delay in support that our young people are facing? In addition, the motion sought the publication of documents. Neither of those issues can be affected by the purdah rules, because they sit with the Scottish Government.

Scottish Parliament: Kindergarten Stage (13 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: It is a pleasure to take part in what is perhaps one of the more fascinating members’ business debates. Along with others, I thank Fulton MacGregor for bringing it to the chamber. There is an interesting discussion over a pedagogy, a fixed asset—our current schooling system—and the needs of our individual children. A lot of parents will echo Bob Doris’s comment that his...

Scottish Parliament: Kindergarten Stage (13 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: I am very grateful for that intervention, which speaks to the heart of what I am going to talk about. The way to look at this is to look at the young people themselves—from babies and young children—all the way through. Intellectually, we can identify that initial movement of a baby just thrashing around on a mat as unoccupied play. Then there is the sort of solitary play in...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Nuclear Energy (13 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: What is the First Minister’s response to the GMB union’s call for the Scottish Government to end its opposition to nuclear energy? The union has warned of a risk of this nation “returning to the days of power cuts and candles”, with “hundreds of skilled Scots ... already leaving to go abroad” because of this decline.

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 6 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: I am grateful to Paul O’Kane for giving way, and I apologise for the way that I phrase this. In amendment 3, which was lodged by the minister, I welcome what is, in essence, an example of post-legislative scrutiny, whereby, after five years, there will be a review that will provide the opportunity to look at the matter again. That is very positive. Is Paul O’Kane aware when the first...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Children Missing from Education ( 6 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: I thank the cabinet secretary for confirmation of the welfare issue that arises from that lack of data. How does she intend to comply with article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child next month, when the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Act 2024 becomes active law in this country?

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: General Practice Surgeries ( 6 Jun 2024)

Martin Whitfield: I was contacted this week by Prestonpans Group Practice, the GP surgery in Prestonpans, East Lothian, which has concerns about funding, staffing and patient care. It faces a withdrawal of funding of 10 per cent from cuts to the East Lothian health and social care partnership, as well as increased estate fees. That will have an impact on patients. Will the Deputy First Minister, or...

Scottish Parliament: Women’s and Girls’ Rights in Afghanistan (30 May 2024)

Martin Whitfield: I extend my thanks to Michelle Thomson for securing this particularly important debate. It is a privilege, as a man, to contribute to the debate and to hear the stories, the explanations and the information about the reach-out work that charities and the third sector are doing with regard to what is happening under the Taliban. I also thank Michelle Thomson for the wording of her...

Scottish Parliament: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill (30 May 2024)

Martin Whitfield: It is a pleasure to follow Jamie Greene’s contribution, in which he highlighted a lot of the unanswered questions that have come out through this process. I am grateful to the cabinet secretary for giving as strong a confirmation as it has, I think, been possible for her to give with regard to the specific case that we talked about. Nevertheless, there are still other cases in which people...


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