Results 1–20 of 151 for speaker:Audrey Nicoll

Scottish Parliament: National Drugs Mission (24 Nov 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: In the context of the factors that are stigmatising for people, as Katy Clark has described, does she agree that one of the most stigmatising is the current misuse of drugs legislation, which is now more than 50 years old and which has been shown to have failed over those 50 years? Indeed, it frequently pushes people back into a cycle of offending and, as she said, impacts the most vulnerable...

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (23 Nov 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Workers Dispute (17 Nov 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Resource Spending Review) (16 Nov 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: Despite UK Government austerity, the Scottish Government has invested more than £10 billion in policing since the creation of Police Scotland in 2013. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the UK Government must no longer impose renewed austerity, thereby worsening the extreme pressures that are already faced, but instead must make additional funding available so that we can provide our...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (Workplace Stigma) (10 Nov 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: I, too, congratulate my colleague Emma Roddick on securing the debate, and thank her for raising the profile of such an important issue. On 7 July 1988, I was a young officer who was looking forward to a long weekend off duty when I learned of the horror of the night before: the Piper Alpha oil platform disaster. A phone call that followed recalled me to duty and within a couple of hours, I...

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (8 Nov 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: The revised NPF4 uses tighter policy language than the draft, following the minister’s proactive response to recommendations that were made during the consultation period. Can he explain what effect that strengthened policy wording will have on the delivery of NPF4?

Scottish Parliament: Remembrance Commemorations and Support for Veterans and Armed Forces Community (8 Nov 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: It hardly seems like a year since many of us attended our local remembrance Sunday events as newly elected constituency and regional MSPs to remember our armed services personnel. Who would have thought that, as we entered this year’s national period of remembrance, we would be watching the unfolding illegal invasion of Ukraine? Reading the daily intelligence updates from the MOD has become...

Scottish Parliament: Economy (Engagement with United Kingdom Government) (2 Nov 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what recent engagement it has had with the United Kingdom Government on matters impacting the Scottish economy. (S6O-01488)

Scottish Parliament: Economy (Engagement with United Kingdom Government) (2 Nov 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: Aberdeen and the rest of the north-east have made significant contributions to UK Government coffers through the energy sector. In return, the north-east of Scotland has been gifted Brexit—with Aberdeen being the worst-hit UK city, at a cost of £9,000 per person—turmoil in the housing market, and sky-high energy bills, which have damaged families and forced small businesses to close....

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

Audrey Nicoll: I thank the minister for his very welcome update regarding the recently announced funding for Aberdeen City Council. I have had the absolute privilege of working with two constituents who hosted a Ukrainian couple who are now settled in their own home and are working, with a son in education. However, despite my constituents’ best efforts, obstacles remain that prevent Ukrainian holders of...

Scottish Parliament: Moray Maternity Services (25 Oct 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: How does NHS Grampian aim to cultivate a positive and supportive workplace culture at Dr Gray’s and its other sites?

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (4 Oct 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: I noticed that Tess White asked a question today on the growing challenge of policing mental health and challenged the Scottish Government to do more. Does the member agree that housing security is a key wellbeing indicator and that the Tories’ opposition to the provisions in the bill that seek to provide such housing security is hypocritical?

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (North-East Scotland) (28 Sep 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how the national planning framework 4 will be equipped to attract investment to north-east Scotland. (S6O-01389)

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (North-East Scotland) (28 Sep 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: Research by Scottish Renewables shows that the average planning decision for renewable energy projects can take around 772 days from submission, which is not compatible with meeting net zero by 2045. Renewable energy is key to tackling the climate emergency, securing Scotland’s energy supply and dealing with the cost of living crisis. Will the minister outline how all that will be...

Scottish Parliament: Retail (Cost Pressures) (28 Sep 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: The retail sector is facing substantial pressures as a result of the cost of living, not to mention Brexit. Can the minister provide any further information on the Scottish Government’s latest engagement with the sector regarding meeting current challenges and building resilience for the future?

Scottish Parliament: Skills Delivery Landscape (22 Sep 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: As the minister knows, the renewables opportunities in the north-east will require a workforce with a wide spectrum of skills and qualifications, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics—or STEM—skills, and I welcome the forthcoming review’s focus on sectoral and regional skills planning. Historically, however, girls and women have been underrepresented in STEM courses...

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

Audrey Nicoll: Over the past week or 10 days or so , in my constituency of Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, there have been flowers, flags, pictures, notices of closures on shop doors and a kind of quietness—all reflecting the sadness and shock felt on the occasion of the death of Her Majesty the Queen. Across Scotland and beyond, we have seen a profound but truly fitting outpouring of sorrow, but...

Scottish Parliament: National Mission on Drugs (8 Sep 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: The national mission outlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to increasing distribution and availability of naloxone. I recently worked in partnership with Alcohol and Drugs Action in Aberdeen to train my staff to administer naloxone. Further to the update that was provided in her statement, will the minister outline how the Scottish Government will ensure that those who work in our...

Scottish Parliament: Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill (29 Jun 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: I am very pleased to speak in the stage 3 debate on the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill. In the short time available, I want to make a few points about public expectation, scrutiny and the harm that is caused by fireworks. I again thank the Criminal Justice Committee clerking team, Scottish Parliament information centre colleagues and our community participation and...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Aid Payments (28 Jun 2022)

Audrey Nicoll: How does investment in fee uplifts in Scotland compare with that in England and Wales? For those who are seeking access to legal representation, how does Scotland’s legal aid system compare with that of England and Wales in terms of scope and eligibility?

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