Results 1–20 of 344 for speaker:Sue Webber

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: Rural bus routes are in decline, with only 17 per cent of residents in remote and rural areas using the bus at least once a month. Although I appreciate that city bus routes offer stronger financial incentives, residents in rural areas deserve equal access to reliable and frequent bus services. Will the cabinet secretary support the implementation of provisions in the Transport (Scotland) Act...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: I am sure that Gordon MacDonald will agree that, before the pandemic, the shareholder dividends that came from Lothian Buses were used to invest in services across Lothian and the city. It is also key to mention that its services are operated on commercial terms by experts in the field and not by people who work for the public local authority.

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: Under the Scottish National Party, public transport has become unreliable and far too expensive. Persistent issues such as delays, cancellations and overcrowding are eroding public trust and undermining the effectiveness of essential services. Unless considerable action is taken, our public transport network will continue to decline. Although the fair fares review addresses some of the issues...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: I know that Lothian Country took over a lot of services from First and McGill’s Buses and relies on express services that do not stop everywhere across the city and so are still specifically for West Lothian residents. Importantly, there is still the simple taptapcap system in place for a card or a phone, whether people are on Lothian Buses, Lothian Country or East Coast Buses. There are...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: A station is vital if we are to reduce the congestion that our city faces, and we must provide vital public transport links for that expanding village if we want to hit our net zero objectives. I have been working with the Scottish Government, the UK Government, the cabinet secretary and West Lothian Council to make that project a priority. Winchburgh provides the perfect example of...

Scottish Parliament: Autistic Pupils (Support) (21 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: The education committee recently heard from May Dunsmuir, the president of the health and education chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland, who highlighted the impact that masking is having on cases involving neurodivergent children. Will the cabinet secretary agree to work with Mr Whitfield and me, and with members of the education committee, to analyse the impact that masking is...

Scottish Parliament: Sex Offenders (Lothian) (20 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: 7. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that hundreds of sex offenders have been able to change their name in the past two years, what it can do to ensure the safety of the public, particularly in areas such as EH14 and EH54, which reportedly have the joint highest number of sex offenders registered across Edinburgh and West Lothian. (S6O-03230)

Scottish Parliament: Sex Offenders (Lothian) (20 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: Recent reports have raised concerns about the ability of sex offenders to change their name, whatever the numbers may be—one is bad. The loophole in the legal system allows dangerous criminals to hide in plain sight, and we know of instances in which it has allowed dangerous sex offenders to change their name and subsequently target new victims, who have no way of knowing their new...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: Presiding Officer, I was going to make a point of order when I thought that there was an issue, but the issue was resolved and I have managed to vote successfully.

Scottish Parliament: Rail Development Projects (14 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for any major rail development projects beyond the end of 2024. (S6O-03209)

Scottish Parliament: Rail Development Projects (14 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: I thank the cabinet secretary for outlining the developments that are in the pipeline. However, she will be aware that residents of Winchburgh are weary of the Scottish National Party-Green Government’s continued shirking of responsibility for building a train station in their town. On 8 March, the Minister for Agriculture and Connectivity, Jim Fairlie, wrote to me, outlining his...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (13 Mar 2024)

Sue Webber: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I could not get the app to refresh. I would have abstained.

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

Sue Webber: I am delighted to close the debate on behalf of the Scottish Conservatives. As we have heard, not only was the first female member of Parliament a Conservative; the first three, and only, female Prime Ministers to lead the UK Government were Conservative. We will always stand up for the rights of women and girls. Today, however, is about talking about inspiring inclusion, so let us do some of...

Scottish Parliament: Qualifications and Assessment (28 Feb 2024)

Sue Webber: We cannot afford to think that curriculum for excellence, which was introduced in 2010-11, will still be fit for purpose by the end of this century. Indeed, it is terrifying to think that those who are entering our early years provision now will still be working at the end of this century. Societal changes are happening at breakneck speeds, and digital evolution is at the very front of those...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (21 Feb 2024)

Sue Webber: The cabinet secretary speaks about the preventative agenda being foremost in his thoughts, but how can dental treatment be preventative when there are two years between check-up appointments? Much can change in that time.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (21 Feb 2024)

Sue Webber: Two years ago, the Scottish Conservatives held a debate called “Preventing the Collapse of NHS Dentistry in Scotland”. Two years on from that debate, NHS outcomes in Scotland have worsened, waiting times for all sorts of NHS treatment have increased, and here we are explaining that dentistry has got no better in that time. It is clear that the SNP Government has failed to do what is...

Scottish Parliament: Police Numbers (Edinburgh) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Sue Webber: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the most recent “Police Scotland Officer & Staff Numbers” statistics showing the number of police officers in Police Scotland’s Edinburgh division. (S6O-03078)

Scottish Parliament: Police Numbers (Edinburgh) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Sue Webber: Since the Scottish National Party Government decided to merge Scotland’s police forces into one, that action has had a devastating impact on the visible footprint of police officers in our communities. Despite the cabinet secretary’s response, in the Edinburgh police division alone, there has been a drop of 76 officers, which is a loss of more than one in 20 officers in just over a...

Scottish Parliament: Potholes ( 8 Feb 2024)

Sue Webber: The priorities of the Labour administration in Edinburgh are not aligned with the priorities of residents across the capital. Rather than focusing on essential road repairs and fixing the multitude of potholes on our streets, it is hell-bent on pursuing pipe-dream projects. Wasting £44 million on a business case for a Granton to BioQuarter tram extension should not be a priority. The project...


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