Results 1–20 of 118 for speaker:Siobhian Brown

Scottish Parliament: Ayr Cemetery (30 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with South Ayrshire Council regarding the current situation at Ayr cemetery. (S6O-01310)

Scottish Parliament: Ayr Cemetery (30 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: Families in my constituency are completely devastated about what has happened to their loved ones, and resolution of the situation must be a priority for the council. I know that the council has ordered an investigation into how this happened. For their peace of mind, families need guarantees that coffins will now be airtight and watertight, as was first promised. Does the minister agree that...

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (29 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: New detailed analysis shows that independent European countries comparable to Scotland are wealthier and fairer than the UK. Poverty rates are lower in those comparator countries and there are fewer children living in poverty. What would be the opportunities if we had those additional powers at our disposal?

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (28 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: As MSPs, we are all acutely aware that Scotland faces a workforce crisis throughout every industry and sector. With an ageing population, it is impossible for us to magic up people to fill those roles. Does the First Minister agree that it is only as an independent Scotland with normal powers over things such as immigration, employment law, energy and borrowing, to name a few, that we can...

Scottish Parliament: Industrial Action by Rail Workers (Impact on Night-time Economy) (23 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: The dispute between the United Kingdom Government’s Network Rail and RMT is having an enormous impact on Scotland, and the Tories are clearly continuing the dispute for political and ideological purposes. Mick Hogg recently told “The Nine”: “Perhaps the UK Government should take a feather out of the Scottish Government’s hat and ... propose 5 per cent, along with a five-year no...

Scottish Parliament: Industrial Action by Rail Workers (Impact on Night-time Economy) (23 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: What discussions have taken place with the UK Government regarding the impact on Scotland of its ideological dispute?

Scottish Parliament: Retained European Union Law (22 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: As the Scottish Government begins setting out the progressive, hopeful vision for a wealthier, happier, fairer Scotland in the European family of nations, the UK Government instead continues to drag the devolved countries through a regressive and damaging Brexit, epitomised by the disastrous proposal of the so-called Brexit freedoms bill. Does the cabinet secretary believe that, now more than...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People (15 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: I thank the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee for its inquiry and for bringing the debate to the chamber today. As my colleagues in the COVID-19 Recovery Committee will agree, the pandemic has had a massive effect across all areas of public life, and as we heard in committee, children and young people’s health and wellbeing are no exception. On Monday, with many other parents, I...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People (15 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: Thank you for your scripted question.

Scottish Parliament: Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People (15 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: I am sorry, Presiding Officer. Yes, we are dedicated to expanding free breakfast provision throughout schools. The newly doubled Scottish child payment, together with the three best start grants and the best start food payment, will be worth more than £10,000 by the time a family’s first child turns six, and it will be worth £9,700 for a second child and subsequent children. The...

Scottish Parliament: Education Reform Update (14 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: We need to make sure that we hear from the people who know our pupils and education system best—our teachers. What opportunities will teachers have to shape Scotland’s reformed education system through the process that the cabinet secretary has outlined today?

Scottish Parliament: Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (14 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app was not working. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: National Litter and Fly-tipping Strategy (1 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: Will the minister update Parliament on what the Scottish Government is doing to assist with recycling hard-to-recycle items?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Census 2022 (1 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: The latest NRS numbers show that well over 1.5 million census field force address visits took place across Scotland in the lead up to the deadline, which demonstrates vast mobilisation and an incredible effort on the doorsteps. I met some census field force staff last Friday morning in Ayr, and spent some time knocking on doors and discussing the challenges that they have faced in recent...

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (1 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: The Scottish Government has made substantial progress in improving digital connectivity in Scotland, despite the fact that telecommunications is a matter that is wholly reserved to Westminster—

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (1 Jun 2022)

Siobhian Brown: Can the cabinet secretary provide any further information about steps that the Scottish Government is taking to encourage the roll-out of 5G in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainian Refugees (Services) (26 May 2022)

Siobhian Brown: Is the Scottish Government giving specialised support and aid to disabled Ukrainians, similar to that which is being given in Northern Ireland?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Attainment Challenge (18 May 2022)

Siobhian Brown: When I saw the Business Bulletin this week, I was pleased to see that Scottish Labour was using its parliamentary time wisely to debate two very important issues that are close to all our hearts—health and education. However, when the motion for this debate came in, it was very disappointing, to say the least.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Attainment Challenge (18 May 2022)

Siobhian Brown: No—not at the moment. The Scottish Government is ensuring that every child and young person has the same opportunity to succeed in education, regardless of their background. As we have heard, the Scottish Government is putting in place improvements to the Scottish attainment challenge to aid our recovery from the pandemic and to accelerate the closing of the attainment gap , which I would...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Attainment Challenge (18 May 2022)

Siobhian Brown: I am sorry, but I do not have time—I have a bit to get through. In my constituency of Ayr, there are deprived areas such as Wallacetown, which is one of the most disadvantaged areas in Scotland. The children and young people of Wallacetown have just as much right to thrive in their education as those anywhere else in Scotland. Through the PEF, the Scottish Government has stepped in to...


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