Results 1–20 of 290 for speaker:Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Parliament: Crystal FM Radio (28 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I congratulate Christine Grahame on bringing this motion to the chamber and Crystal FM on winning the award for best community radio broadcaster at the SME News Scottish enterprise awards for the second year running. The station came into being when Ofcom refused to extend the signal of another station. It is a true do-it-yourself story to be proud of. With more than 50 presenters and 24/7...

Scottish Parliament: Food Waste Reduction Target (27 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Last year, I visited Empty Kitchens Full Hearts in Edinburgh, which is an organisation that creates meals for vulnerable people using surplus food. Surplus food sharing can help to fight food poverty and reduce food waste. Will the minister outline how the Scottish Government is encouraging businesses to join the surplus food scheme?

Scottish Parliament: Digital Devices (School Pupils) (21 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: The most recent Scottish health and wellbeing census found that, for pupils between primary 5 and secondary 3, more than a third of bullying was online. Can the cabinet secretary please advise us what measures the Scottish Government has considered to limit harm to children during the roll-out of free digital devices?

Scottish Parliament: Gaza (Humanitarian Assistance) (20 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I recently met the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians, which outlined the dire situation with high rates of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in Palestine. Can the minister please advise what steps the Scottish Government is taking to ensure that the aid that Scotland sends is available to reach new and expectant mothers in Gaza?

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Figures suggest that, in Scotland, we use more than double the sustainable limit of materials. To tackle the climate crisis, we must tackle overconsumption and create a circular economy where materials are valued and can be cycled around for as long as possible. However, the current Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill does not go far enough to do that and it seems more like a recycling bill than...

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

Foysol Choudhury: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app was not working, either. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Addressing Child Poverty Through Parental Employment (14 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers is paramount in tackling child poverty. Encouraging and supporting parents into employment is a crucial way to ensure that children are lifted above the poverty line. The Scottish Government has paid that far too little attention in recent years, as Carol Mochan rightly pointed out. The consultation process for this...

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

Foysol Choudhury: Lammermuir Festival had its funding application turned down by Creative Scotland last year. The grant application was set to make up 23 per cent of the festival’s budget, and its future now hangs in the balance—yet £85,000 is being awarded to this explicit project. What specific measures are in place to monitor and regulate how and why funding is awarded by Creative Scotland and how it...

Scottish Parliament: 2030 Emissions Reduction Target ( 6 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Last year, it was revealed that in 2021, Scotland yet again missed its legally binding target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. I was glad to hear that the Scottish Government has accepted or partially accepted 98 out of 99 recommendations from the Climate Change Committee. Can the cabinet secretary outline exactly what progress the Scottish Government has made on implementing the...

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

Foysol Choudhury: Do you agree with me, Stephen, that the debate is, at the same time, a waste of taxpayers’ money? It is not the SNP’s conference in here, is it?

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

Foysol Choudhury: As Alexander Stewart noted, the latest independence paper shows that the SNP is still wasting time on imagining what it would do had it won the 2014 independence referendum almost 10 years ago. In 2014, the people of Scotland voted democratically to remain in the UK, yet the SNP continues to use precious time in the chamber to bore us, as Willie Rennie and Stephen Kerr rightly put it, with...

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

Foysol Choudhury: I am sorry: I will not be taking interventions, because you guys have had so many debates in the Parliament.

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

Foysol Choudhury: I have a lot to get through. That would be wasting taxpayers’ money—[ Interruption .] Let me get my points in. You guys have had millions of debates—and there are probably many more to come.

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

Foysol Choudhury: Those are capabilities that Scotland—

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

Foysol Choudhury: Sorry.

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

Foysol Choudhury: I apologise to members. Those are capabilities that Scotland already enjoys as part of the UK. The Scottish Government’s motion talks about Scotland acting “in the interests of its people.” In this increasingly turbulent geopolitical situation, Scotland needs to remain a member of NATO as part of the UK instead of severing those connections and trying to build them again from scratch....

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Foreign Languages) (29 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: L ast Wednesday was international mother language day, which raised awareness of the opportunity to learn foreign languages at school and also of the importance of preserving languages. Will the cabinet secretary provide an update on work to revitalise Gaelic language education in primary and secondary schools?

Scottish Parliament: Culture and Arts (Equality, Opportunity and Community) (28 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I, too, welcome Kaukab Stewart to her new post. Congratulations. The Scottish Government’s programme for government in September 2023 made commitments to renew culture by focusing on empowering communities. What update can the minister give on actions that the Scottish Government has taken since the publication of the programme for government to improve opportunities for community asset...

Scottish Parliament: Palestine and Israel (22 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Since the motion was lodged, the situation in Gaza has worsened significantly. The daily death rate in Gaza is higher than in any other major 21st century conflict. More than 30,000 Palestinians have been killed, including more than 12,300 children, and 69,000 have been injured since 7 October 2023. Those numbers do not include the thousands of people who are still missing under the rubble...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Networks (Discussions with United Kingdom Government) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding actions that can be taken to preserve energy networks following periods of bad weather. (S6O-03055)

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