Results 1–20 of 277 for speaker:Ariane Burgess

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 (28 Mar 2024)

Ariane Burgess: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022. (S6O-03288)

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 (28 Mar 2024)

Ariane Burgess: During the 18 months of the emergency rent cap, the number of privately rented properties on the public landlord register has grown by more than 5,000, despite attempts by landlord groups and some Opposition members to claim the opposite. Yesterday, the minister published a bill that will deliver much of the new deal for tenants that was part of the Bute house agreement, including new rights...

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

Ariane Burgess: The Scottish Government, like many Governments around the world, has acknowledged that we are living in a climate and nature emergency—“emergency” being the operative word. That means that, despite having one hand tied behind our back by the unequal union that is the UK, we have a responsibility to mobilise and direct resources as best we can in order to address those twin emergencies....

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

Ariane Burgess: In order to plan and implement positive change, farmers need multiyear funding certainty, as others have said. That is being denied them by the UK Government. They also need a clear idea—

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

Ariane Burgess: I am sorry—I did not hear the member. I am just winding up. Farmers also need a clear idea of budget priorities across tiers, which the rural support plan should provide as soon as is reasonably possible. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change how we support farming. It might also be the last chance that we have to course-correct and get on track to end the nature emergency—

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

Ariane Burgess: — and keep our Paris agreement commitment. I will be supporting the—

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

Ariane Burgess: The legislation is a momentous step forward in the laws that protect the welfare of Scotland’s wildlife. Raptor persecution was described by the late First Minister Donald Dewar, in the early days of the Parliament, as a “national disgrace”. Today, we can take confidence that the window of opportunity has closed for those few individuals who continue to perpetrate crimes against our...

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

Ariane Burgess: I am just about to wind up. Members working on the bill have heard about the emerging science in the areas of raptor population recovery, about the control of wildfire, about the environmental impacts of muirburn, and about the restoration of peatland. An amendment in the name of Elena Whitham that was passed on Tuesday evening commits the Government to reviewing the legislation every five...

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

Ariane Burgess: It is an important day for improving animal welfare in Scotland, and I am very pleased that the ban on snares was included in the bill at stage 2. The Parliament is sending the message that an inhumane and indiscriminate tool has no place in wildlife management and that the welfare of all wildlife species is taken seriously. I thank campaigners and animal welfare stakeholders who have worked...

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

Ariane Burgess: I have sympathy with Colin Smyth’s amendments and I thank him for following up on the stage 2 debate on the issue. As committee members know, we heard evidence from stakeholders—including the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s international peatland programme—that defining peat on the basis of its depth is arbitrary. The definition stems entirely from policy that was...

Scottish Parliament: Crop Damage (Beavers) (13 Mar 2024)

Ariane Burgess: I welcome the recent reintroduction of beavers in the Cairngorms national park, which has the dual benefit of facilitating translocation into a suitable habitat and providing an alternative to lethal control. What measures are being taken by the Cairngorms National Park Authority to support farmers to mitigate any impacts to their businesses?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Ariane Burgess: I am pleased to have the opportunity to say a few words in the debate on behalf of the Scottish Greens. It is quite clear to us that, when considering the economy, we need to ask and answer questions about what our economy is actually for. As the Scottish Government’s amendment highlights, on conventional measures of economic success, Scotland is doing pretty well compared with the rest of...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Ariane Burgess: It is my pleasure to speak on behalf of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee in this stage 1 debate on the Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill. The issue of potentially dangerous cladding has affected the lives of many people across the country since the tragedy at Grenfell tower. On behalf of the committee, I thank all those who have shared with us their personal...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine ( 5 Mar 2024)

Ariane Burgess: I am grateful to the cabinet secretary for her statement. As a Highlands and Islands MSP who represents many of Scotland’s island communities, I know that the performance and future of our ferries and ports are a source of deep frustration to those communities. Equally, I recognise what the cabinet secretary said about the anxieties that are felt by the workforce and trade unions at...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (28 Feb 2024)

Ariane Burgess: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. If I could have connected, I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Long-term Empty Homes (Enforcement Powers) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Ariane Burgess: 6. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to strengthen enforcement powers in relation to long-term empty homes. (S6F-02798)

Scottish Parliament: Long-term Empty Homes (Enforcement Powers) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Ariane Burgess: More action on empty homes is a commitment in the shared policy programme between the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Government. Therefore, the proposal to allow councils further powers to increase council tax on long-term empty properties is important, as is effective use of enforcement powers. Last week, in Glasgow, a backstop was evidenced, with the news that three properties are to be...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2024-25 ( 1 Feb 2024)

Ariane Burgess: I am pleased to speak in this debate on behalf of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee. The committee’s pre-budget scrutiny this year focused on workforce issues in local government. However, that has, in the course of budget scrutiny, broadened out to wider consideration of the financial sustainability of local government. It is on that broader perspective that I will focus...

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Industry (Economic Importance) (24 Jan 2024)

Ariane Burgess: We often hear about the economic benefit that salmon farming brings for Scotland, despite the fact that the vast majority of profits go to foreign-owned multinationals. However, has the Scottish Government assessed the cost of the environmental damage that the industry causes, which includes damage to blue carbon sites, precious fish nurseries, commercial shellfish stocks and our iconic wild...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Rural and Islands Youth Parliament (18 Jan 2024)

Ariane Burgess: I am here.


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