Results 1–20 of 238 for speaker:Sharon Dowey

Scottish Parliament: HMP Kilmarnock (Transfer to Public Ownership) (19 Mar 2024)

Sharon Dowey: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the cost and impact of the transfer of HMP Kilmarnock into public ownership. (S6T-01878)

Scottish Parliament: HMP Kilmarnock (Transfer to Public Ownership) (19 Mar 2024)

Sharon Dowey: His Majesty’s chief inspector of prisons recently raised serious concerns about some prisons already in the estate. She said that HMP Greenock needs bulldozed and that HMP Barlinnie is close to catastrophic failure. Meanwhile, the replacement for HMP Barlinnie is already overdue and over budget, as is the HMP Highland project. It is evident that the service is already struggling with...

Scottish Parliament: HMP Kilmarnock (Transfer to Public Ownership) (19 Mar 2024)

Sharon Dowey: I point out that that was not my characterisation of the prison service, it was that of His Majesty’s chief inspector of prisons. The chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service has said that the service is committed to ensuring the transition of HMP Kilmarnock into public ownership while maintaining the high standards that the prison displays. However, during that transfer, staff have...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Waiting Lists (13 Mar 2024)

Sharon Dowey: I start by thanking all staff who work throughout the NHS. The debate is on an issue that MSPs probably hear about the most from our constituents. Whatever constituency MSPs represent, the dire and depressing problems in our NHS are having a terrible impact on people across Scotland. Our NHS has been in a constant state of crisis for many years under the SNP, and that sorry situation is...

Scottish Parliament: Community Deer Management ( 7 Mar 2024)

Sharon Dowey: 5. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to promote community deer management on publicly owned land. (S6F-02896)

Scottish Parliament: Community Deer Management ( 7 Mar 2024)

Sharon Dowey: Community-integrated deer management has numerous benefits. It builds resilience and opportunities in local communities, reduces the burden of large deer contracts on the taxpayer and helps to protect the environment across areas such as the Carrick forest in Ayrshire. Local wild venison is a fantastic sustainable food source to be harvested, processed and consumed, which we must champion. I...

Scottish Parliament: Train Line Reopening (Ayr Station Hotel) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Sharon Dowey: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the reopening of the train line south of Ayr, in light of the fire at the Ayr station hotel. (S6O-03171)

Scottish Parliament: Train Line Reopening (Ayr Station Hotel) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Sharon Dowey: The closure of the line is having a huge impact on visitor numbers to Ayr and the surrounding local economy. The Scottish grand national will be at Ayr racecourse on 20 April, with well over 20,000 racegoers coming to Ayr for the weekend. As the grand national supports a lot of jobs, gives a substantial boost to many Ayrshire businesses and is a major event for the local economy, it is...

Scottish Parliament: Emma Caldwell Case ( 7 Mar 2024)

Sharon Dowey: Margaret Caldwell came into the Parliament today and spoke with my colleagues. One thing that she was clear about was that she wanted the Scottish Government to confirm that it will discuss and agree the exact terms of the inquiry with her and her family. She also hoped that her family would be given full representation within the proceedings of the inquiry. Will the cabinet secretary give...

Scottish Parliament: International Women’s Day ( 7 Mar 2024)

Sharon Dowey: I a m pleased to speak in this debate ahead of international women’s day. It is important that we recognise the progress that has been made on gender equality in recent years. Women are now more likely to be in positions of responsibility than they were even just a few years ago, but there is still an incredibly long way to go. Progress in Scotland and across the UK has been slow. Women...

Scottish Parliament: Culture (Promotion) (28 Feb 2024)

Sharon Dowey: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it is promoting culture outside of the central belt. (S6O-03119)

Scottish Parliament: Culture (Promotion) (28 Feb 2024)

Sharon Dowey: I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer and I, too, welcome the Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development to her new post. College students around Ayrshire are frustrated about the lack of local jobs in the culture sector. A lack of opportunities forces people to either leave where they live, commute huge distances or accept that their careers may be held back. Between...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Response to Crime) (27 Feb 2024)

Sharon Dowey: Former superintendent Martin Gallagher has described Police Scotland’s decision not to tackle minor crime as “disastrous”. That could include crimes such as vandalism, break-ins and antisocial behaviour in our communities. We often hear that levels of crime are falling, but it is estimated that 60 per cent of crime is unreported. How can the Scottish Government ensure that it is being...

Scottish Parliament: Prison Population (27 Feb 2024)

Sharon Dowey: There has been a troubling pattern of releasing dangerous criminals early, alongside a worrying rise in the prison population. Despite that pattern, funding for crucial aspects of under-pressure criminal justice social work has remained static. Meanwhile, organisations that help to keep people out of prison and reduce our prison population face severe budget cuts. We welcome the investment of...

Scottish Parliament: Deer Numbers (Support for Sustainable Management) (21 Feb 2024)

Sharon Dowey: I welcome the minister’s answer to Colin Beattie. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation Scotland has a flagship policy that calls on the Scottish Government to allow trained local deer stalkers to carry out deer management on publicly owned land. It will enable a sustainable food source to be harvested, processed and consumed locally; protect the environment; drive and...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Capital Projects) (20 Feb 2024)

Sharon Dowey: The delay to treatment centres in Ayr and across Scotland is unacceptable, especially given that Carrick Glen was already a working private hospital. The former health secretary, now the First Minister, announced the treatment centre at Carrick Glen just before the local elections, but, yet again, we have a broken promise from the Scottish National Party that will have serious consequences...

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioners and Consultants (Recruitment and Retention) (Rural Areas) ( 1 Feb 2024)

Sharon Dowey: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve recruitment and retention of GPs and consultants, particularly in rural areas. (S6O-03048)

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioners and Consultants (Recruitment and Retention) (Rural Areas) ( 1 Feb 2024)

Sharon Dowey: Staff shortages mean that the public are waiting too long for in-person, face-to-face appointments. The number of GPs has not increased under the Scottish National Party—it has decreased. Practices in Ayrshire are closing due to a lack of GPs, and services at local hospitals are being downgraded due to a lack of consultants. That is unacceptable, and it is leaving patients, particularly in...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (25 Jan 2024)

Sharon Dowey: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the lives of disabled people. (S6O-03013)

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (25 Jan 2024)

Sharon Dowey: The Scottish National Party Government claims that Social Security Scotland is founded on the principles of dignity, fairness and respect. However, Scots with disabilities are being let down by the system. Specifically, the latest Social Security Scotland statistics show that more than a third of adult disability payment applications have been denied, while the average processing time for the...


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