Results 1–20 of 440 for speaker:Kaukab Stewart

Scottish Parliament: Museum Sector (Support) (28 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: The Scottish Government provides significant support to the museum sector and will continue to do so. For example, we have given cultural bodies, including National Museums Scotland, a funding uplift in 2024-25. We continue to support the national development body for Scotland’s museum sector—Museums Galleries Scotland—and we have committed to provide an uplift of £800,000 to the V&A...

Scottish Parliament: Museum Sector (Support) (28 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: I thank Murdo Fraser for raising the issue. I am very pleased that Perth museum will reopen on 30 March after a significant redevelopment project. Alongside the stone of destiny, the museum houses the Perth and Kinross collections, which are recognised as being of national significance, and is situated in one of Scotland’s heritage buildings. As Murdo Fraser knows, Perth museum will be...

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

Kaukab Stewart: In November, we provided £750,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to ease the suffering of innocent civilians in Gaza. That was in response to a flash appeal and was a one-off contribution. Famine is now imminent in Gaza, primarily because of restrictions on aid access. The First Minister wrote to the Prime Minister in December, asking...

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

Kaukab Stewart: The Scottish Government has been engaging with the UK Government since the outset of the conflict to highlight our position. I agree with Kevin Stewart’s remarks. We will continue to engage through our connections with the UK Government. We have made it clear that it is incumbent on the UK Government to do everything that lies within its power to secure an immediate ceasefire by all sides...

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

Kaukab Stewart: I thank Foysol Choudhury for his question and refer him to my previous comments on what the Scottish Government is doing. I am acutely aware of the plight of new and expectant mothers, and I mentioned it during my opening contribution to the debate on international women’s day.

Scottish Parliament: Cultural Cinema (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: The Scottish Government recognises the importance of cultural cinema to our communities, and we continue to work closely with Screen Scotland and partners to support its development across Scotland. Screen Scotland’s strategy and funding supports the inclusive and sustainable growth of our screen sector, with a focus on ensuring wide access to cinema and a diverse range of content,...

Scottish Parliament: Cultural Cinema (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: I thank Sarah Boyack for her continued commitment on the issue. I am delighted to say that, as a result of the hard work and dedication of all involved, including Screen Scotland, which is providing support, the work to secure the future of the Filmhouse and cultural cinema in Edinburgh is progressing very positively. The Scottish Government is absolutely clear on the value of cultural...

Scottish Parliament: Cultural Cinema (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: The member raises a very important point. I encourage anyone who is interested in applying for the various funding streams—there are many organisations involved in that field—to continue their engagement. If there are specific organisations that need assistance, I encourage the member to ask them to get in touch with me.

Scottish Parliament: Miners Strike (40th Anniversary) (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: The miners strike of 1984-85 is considered to be the most bitter industrial dispute in living memory. The Scottish Government recognises that the impact of the strike is felt across Scotland’s former mining heartlands, and we acknowledge the need to provide reconciliation, dignity and comfort to those communities that are still affected. As the 40th anniversary approaches, the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Miners Strike (40th Anniversary) (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: I thank Annabelle Ewing for highlighting the important event that will take place in her constituency on 15 June. The Scottish Government acknowledges the significance of the 40th anniversary of the miners strike. Scotland was the first of the home nations to introduce legislation to pardon former miners, and Scottish Government officials would be happy to provide supporting materials to...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Workforce (Women’s Participation) (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: Women remain underrepresented in the creative industries and are disproportionately in lower-level positions. The sector is known for unpredictable freelance work, which makes participation in it difficult for women with caring responsibilities, health conditions or disabilities. The Scottish Government is committed to fair work first, including taking action to tackle the gender pay gap. We...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Workforce (Women’s Participation) (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: I agree that cross-portfolio working is essential to addressing the multilayered, intersectional barriers that women face. I am fully aware of those barriers, especially those faced by women from an ethnic minority background who wish to enter the creative industries. The Scottish Government has expanded its funding for childcare, and I press it to continue to do so.

Scottish Parliament: Creative Workforce (Women’s Participation) (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: We want to increase opportunities for everybody, from every background, up and down the country. I am happy to meet Beatrice Wishart after this session to listen to her suggestions.

Scottish Parliament: Arts Sector (Dumfries and Galloway) (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: The Scottish Government, through Creative Scotland, provides support to a number of cultural organisations and individuals in Dumfries and Galloway. Two of Creative Scotland’s regularly funded organisations—the Stove Network and the Wigtown Festival Company—are based in Dumfries and Galloway. Together, they receive a total of £186,000 per year in funding. In addition, the Stove Network...

Scottish Parliament: Arts Sector (Dumfries and Galloway) (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: I am happy to do so.

Scottish Parliament: Creative Industries (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: The creative industries are an important growth sector, and the number of people that the sector employs is forecast to grow by 4 per cent by 2026. The workstreams that are outlined in the recently published “A Culture Strategy for Scotland: Action Plan” aim to develop the conditions for inclusive growth of the sector. Aligned with the priorities in the national strategy for economic...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Industries (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: I recognise the enormous impacts that our creative industries make on our economy, our social health and our wellbeing. There have been communications regarding the tax breaks that can be offered. I wrote to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport asking for permanent tax relief for our orchestras, theatres, museums and galleries, so I welcome the announcement on that. Screen...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Industries (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: Collette Stevenson is quite right to raise the effects of Brexit. It has had, and continues to have, a devastating impact on the sector. Freedom of movement throughout Europe supported Scottish artists’ international mobility, and the creation of costs and administrative barriers post-Brexit makes international working increasingly difficult. I agree that we would be better placed to grow...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Industries (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: I agree with the member’s concerns. I will ask the cabinet secretary, whose portfolio that issue falls under, to come back with a fuller answer.

Scottish Parliament: International Development Programmes (Promotion of Human Rights) (20 Mar 2024)

Kaukab Stewart: Our international development portfolio takes human rights-based approaches to advance the rights of marginalised groups very seriously. Key themes include health, inclusive education and equality, in alignment with the priorities of our partner countries and United Nations sustainable development goals. Our recently launched £3 million women and girls fund will directly support women and...


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