Results 1–20 of 369 for speaker:Russell Findlay

Scottish Parliament: Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (27 Mar 2024)

Russell Findlay: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will undertake an evaluation of the potential benefits of small modular nuclear reactors within Scotland’s energy provision. (S6O-03263)

Scottish Parliament: Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (27 Mar 2024)

Russell Findlay: More than 20 countries around the world have pledged to triple nuclear energy capacity by 2050. Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands all get it. To be pro-nuclear is to be pro-environment, yet the Scottish National Party and its Green bosses reject all new nuclear and the thousands of jobs that it would create. How can the minister possibly justify her...

Scottish Parliament: Online Study (Support) (21 Mar 2024)

Russell Findlay: 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what financial support is available to those in higher and further education who choose to study online. (S6O-03239)

Scottish Parliament: Online Study (Support) (21 Mar 2024)

Russell Findlay: A Renfrewshire constituent has turned his back on a corporate career to retrain as a Church of Scotland minister. The Scottish Government’s Student Awards Agency Scotland refuses to pay his fees or give him a loan because his full-time University of Aberdeen course is all online, yet he is doing exactly the same work as those who attend in person. Can the minister tell my constituent and...

Scottish Parliament: “Surviving Domestic Abuse” (20 Mar 2024)

Russell Findlay: Plea deals were struck in five out of the seven cases featured in the BBC documentary, with solid charges either watered down or dropped altogether. Will the cabinet secretary consider working with me to amend her victims bill to ensure that, when plea deals are used, victims are kept fully informed?

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness (14 Mar 2024)

Russell Findlay: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to tackle social isolation and loneliness. (S6O-03204)

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness (14 Mar 2024)

Russell Findlay: The Sunday Post and Age Scotland have launched the big braw community, which is a campaign to reduce loneliness and isolation among older people by 2030. It is backed by the “Cartoon Cavalcade” legend Glen Michael, who is 98 years old—most people in here, apart from Meghan Gallacher, will know who I am talking about. Today, to use some good old-fashioned newspaper language, I can...

Scottish Parliament: Potholes ( 7 Mar 2024)

Russell Findlay: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how it plans to support local authorities to address the issue of potholes in the road network. (S6O-03168)

Scottish Parliament: Potholes ( 7 Mar 2024)

Russell Findlay: Roads in my West Scotland region are in a dangerous state of disrepair, just as they are across Scotland. One in four constituents who replied to my annual report say that potholes and poor road conditions are their main concern, with one Paisley resident telling me that cratered local roads are “like the surface of the moon”. The Scottish National Party has slashed council budgets year...

Scottish Parliament: Emma Caldwell Case ( 7 Mar 2024)

Russell Findlay: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of her statement. I begin by paying tribute to Margaret Caldwell and her family, who are in the public gallery today. None of us can truly imagine the depth of her suffering over the past two decades—a daughter lost to cancer, her other daughter murdered, and her husband, William, also taken by cancer. Margaret’s agony has been compounded by...

Scottish Parliament: Pathology Services (Accuracy and Reliability) (28 Feb 2024)

Russell Findlay: Three months ago, I was grateful to meet the Lord Advocate and the Solicitor General, who told me about serious and worrying concerns about pathology services, specifically regarding a lack of paediatric pathologists. What work has since been done to improve that vital service and ensure that every death in Scotland is subject to proper full investigation?

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

Russell Findlay: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that Police Scotland’s proportionate response to crime pilot, in which not all reported crimes were investigated, is to be extended across Scotland. (S6T-01830)

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

Russell Findlay: The Scottish National Party Government might not want to listen to Opposition members, but it should listen to Scotland’s police officers. The Scottish Police Federation could not be clearer about this surrender to criminals, which its chair says “is being driven purely by finance and not by basic policing principles”. Its general secretary revealed that it had not even been consulted...

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

Russell Findlay: I really do not think that the Scottish Police Federation is misconstruing the terms of the policy—I am surprised to hear the cabinet secretary suggesting that. Police officers and the public have absolutely no idea what crimes will not be investigated. That is exactly what is happening, no matter how it is spun. The pilot scheme’s evaluation report is also being kept secret. Will the...

Scottish Parliament: Prison Population (27 Feb 2024)

Russell Findlay: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of her statement. It is important to note that each and every prisoner is behind bars due to the outcome of a robust, fair and independent judicial process. I am sure that people share my relief that the statement did not contain a plan to conduct a mass release of the sort that we saw during the pandemic. That would have been a mistake—the...

Scottish Parliament: Bail Orders (Independent Review) (22 Feb 2024)

Russell Findlay: The parents of Claire Inglis have spent more than two years desperately trying to get answers. Ian and Fiona still do not know why Claire’s killer was subject to five separate bail orders. They have now discovered that social workers tried to warn Claire about her violent new partner, but no one answered the door. Seventy-two hours later, she was killed. A council review failed to answer...

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Feb 2024)

Russell Findlay: In my old life, members of the public would turn up at the front desk of my newspaper office and ask to speak to a journalist. I never knew what I would get: sometimes it would be a front-page story; more often than not, it would be a poor soul in need of help. Many had experienced problems at the hands of lawyers, just as John Swinney describes. They had folders stuffed with carefully...

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Feb 2024)

Russell Findlay: That is an interesting point, which, not being a member of the committee, I did not have an opportunity to explore. The Roberton review, which was, of course, commissioned by none other than the Deputy Presiding Officer, for the SNP Government—

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Feb 2024)

Russell Findlay: I do not say that as any form of criticism or anything of that nature. It is just a matter of fact that you were the minister at the time and responsible for ordering the review. Esther Roberton found the system to be not fit for purpose. She made 40 recommendations, with the main one being to create a single regulator for all providers of legal services in Scotland, and that it should be...


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