Results 1–20 of 112 for speaker:Sharon Dowey

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Devolution) (17 Nov 2022)

Sharon Dowey: I am pleased to bring the debate to a close on behalf of the Scottish Conservatives. I did not have the pleasure of sitting through the evidence to the CEEAC Committee, whose report shows that the impact of Brexit is very complicated. This debate focuses on only one small part of that, which is the impact on devolution. I will highlight some points that have been raised by members from across...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Devolution) (17 Nov 2022)

Sharon Dowey: Thank you. Brexit has definitely caused challenges. There will be opportunities, but I do not think that we have seen them yet. Both Governments must come together and talk. My colleague was talking about the negative narrative that we hear in the chamber. I have been here for a year and a half and, whenever we have portfolio questions, there is always negativity towards the UK Government. We...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Devolution) (17 Nov 2022)

Sharon Dowey: We need dialogue between the Governments, but I do not see that happening. It takes two to talk and two to come to the table and be constructive about making compromises and solving problems.

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Devolution) (17 Nov 2022)

Sharon Dowey: I need to make progress. I know that I am getting my time back, but I am way over time. There were lots of good contributions. Sarah Boyack talked about the need for change, transparency and accountability. She talked about the keeping pace power and the need for a mechanism for dialogue between Parliaments—I totally agree with that. Willie Rennie spoke about the fact that the debate has...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Devolution) (17 Nov 2022)

Sharon Dowey: I will move on to my contribution, because I am running out of time. My key points are about the keeping pace power and scrutiny. The Scottish Government’s decision to align with EU law wherever possible is not without consequence. As the report notes, Professor Katy Hayward indicated “that there is a lack of consideration in the Scottish Government’s policy statement on alignment with...

Scottish Parliament: Independent Theatres (Support) (16 Nov 2022)

Sharon Dowey: Creative Scotland has delayed its upcoming funding initiatives from 2023 to 2024 after what it called a “realistic prospect” of “serious” cuts by the Scottish Government. Clearly, that will affect venues such as the Tron theatre in Glasgow. What additional support will the Government provide for the sector to avoid other theatres closing their doors forever?

Scottish Parliament: Rural General Practices (9 Nov 2022)

Sharon Dowey: 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it can provide an update on the steps it is taking to encourage more general practitioners to work in rural practices. (S6O-01523)

Scottish Parliament: Rural General Practices (9 Nov 2022)

Sharon Dowey: Current recruitment strategies are clearly not working. In the rural area that I represent, GP practices have had to close as they were unable to recruit more GPs. Other practices have stepped in, but they, too, are struggling due to recruitment issues and have to rely on expensive locum GPs. That situation is replicated across rural areas throughout Scotland. I ask the cabinet secretary not...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (3 Nov 2022)

Sharon Dowey: Social security in Scotland is undergoing its biggest transformation in generations. With that comes many opportunities, but the journey is not without its challenges. The system’s success is essential for the wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of our fellow Scots, and it is in the interests of all parties in the chamber to support the system where appropriate. I am a member of the Public...

Scottish Parliament: Ukraine (Humanitarian Response) (1 Nov 2022)

Sharon Dowey: Ukrainians coming to Scotland will require legal advice, among other services. Ukrainian lawyers who relocate to Scotland have the capacity to do a huge amount of good here, and the value of their linguistic and legal skills during the crisis has already been highlighted by the Law Society of Scotland. What attempts has the Scottish Government made to utilise Ukrainian lawyers during the...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 (5 Oct 2022)

Sharon Dowey: On a point of order, convener. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Tributes to Her Late Majesty the Queen (20 Sep 2022)

Sharon Dowey: Her Majesty the Queen has been an inspiration to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for 70 years. No monarch in modern history has had such an impact on either their nation or the world. We owe her a debt for her leadership, her calm confidence in times of trouble and her unique ability to unite our nation and lift our spirits. In the broadcast that she made on her 21st birthday, Her...

Scottish Parliament: Supersponsor Scheme (8 Sep 2022)

Sharon Dowey: Councils need to know how many Ukrainians are arriving so that they can provide support. However, ministers are often better informed than they are. I am often referred to Home Office data when I raise such questions; however, that does not show which local authorities will receive Ukrainians under the supersponsor scheme, or how many. Will the Scottish Governments publish its own detailed...

Scottish Parliament: Displaced People from Ukraine (8 Sep 2022)

Sharon Dowey: Home Office figures show that only 75 Ukrainians have arrived in South Ayrshire, but council officials tell me that the real figure is closer to 500, with the bulk of arrivals occurring through the supersponsor scheme and with people staying in temporary accommodation. Councils want to help, but many are close to breaking point. They need more help and more information about the timing and...

Scottish Parliament: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (29 Jun 2022)

Sharon Dowey: We all want to see a resolution to the situation in Northern Ireland. It is in the interests of all parties, all four nations of the UK and the EU that we come together to address the issues with the Northern Ireland protocol that have become apparent. In its current state, the protocol is stifling trade, has caused major issues around the supply of essential medicines and is an active...

Scottish Parliament: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (29 Jun 2022)

Sharon Dowey: No, I will not. That is not to say that aspects of the protocol do not work and that it was not a necessary starting position in order to break the previous deadlock. However, like any deal, it requires fine tuning in order to best protect the interests of all involved.

Scottish Parliament: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (29 Jun 2022)

Sharon Dowey: No—sorry. The bill that has been introduced addresses many of those issues. Practical measures such as a green lane-red lane system, which would create a two-tier regulatory system, are proposals that should, and will, be considered by the EU. As Donald Cameron alluded, retailers who have no stores in the Republic of Ireland are still required to meet EU standards just to ship their goods...

Scottish Parliament: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (29 Jun 2022)

Sharon Dowey: Sorry, but I will not. There are also political considerations. Both parties to the agreement pledged to uphold the Good Friday agreement. With the breakdown of power sharing at Stormont and the threat of a hard border in the island of Ireland, it is fair to say that the Good Friday agreement is under strain. The UK Government maintains that the amendments that it proposes to the protocol...

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

Sharon Dowey: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is putting in place to mitigate the impact of industrial action by rail workers, including on the night-time economy. (S6O-01278)

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

Sharon Dowey: Arts and theatre venues have expressed their concerns about reduced rail timetables and their impact on the re-emergence of live performances and culture in Scotland. What steps is the Scottish Government taking to provide certainty to the Scottish culture sector, and what forms of compensation for theatres, if any, is it considering to mitigate the impacts of restricted timetables?


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