Results 1–20 of 307 for speaker:Tess White

Scottish Parliament: Smoking and Vaping (26 Mar 2024)

Tess White: In 2022, around 12 per cent of women smoked during pregnancy. The minister mentioned that her own grandparent was advised to stop smoking. We know that smoking when pregnant can have serious health risks, but we also know how difficult it can be to stop. In England, midwives and NHS staff helped almost 15,000 mums-to-be to quit smoking over a three-year period. Will the minister ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Representation on Public Boards (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Mar 2024)

Tess White: Will the cabinet secretary join me in recognising the work of For Women Scotland—some of whom are in the gallery today—whose tenacity and fundraising removed from the act the trans-woman-inclusive definition of woman, which impinged on reserved matters and was unlawful?

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (26 Mar 2024)

Tess White: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I have voted, and my vote has been recorded.

Scottish Parliament: Badge and Apparel Policies (21 Mar 2024)

Tess White: 5. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many visitors to the Scottish Parliament have been asked by security and other SPCB staff to remove badges and other apparel since May 2021. (S6O-03259)

Scottish Parliament: Badge and Apparel Policies (21 Mar 2024)

Tess White: From badges to suffrage colours, it seems that parliamentary staff are, with growing frequency, subjectively enforcing the visitor code of conduct. It has become the case that there is a rule for some but not for others. In the seat of Scottish democracy, policies of so-called inclusion are leading to exclusion of women, which is a worrying and dangerous precedent. That is unacceptable, and...

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

Tess White: Audit Scotland hit the nail on the head when it said: “There has been no unified vision” for the NHS since 2013 under the SNP Government. A decade later, patients and front-line staff are paying the price for the SNP’s mismanagement of the NHS. Only the SNP-Green Government could make the national treatment centres the linchpin of its NHS recovery plan and then yank their funding. You...

Scottish Parliament: Emma Caldwell Case ( 7 Mar 2024)

Tess White: Magdalene Robertson was Packer’s first known victim. She was raped as a teenager, yet she was ignored and misled by the criminal justice system. Then there are Packer’s dozens of other victims. None was believed and some are no longer alive to see that justice is done. Will the cabinet secretary give an undertaking that every victim’s voice will be heard?

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Tess White: There is no denying that the past decade has been exceptionally challenging for the energy sector because of the downturn in oil and gas, the Covid-19 pandemic, Putin’s war in Ukraine and the global energy crisis—not forgetting the massive supply chain disruption that was caused by the conflict. Many companies throughout the supply chain in Scotland have battled to stay afloat, and...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Tess White: I give way to Gillian Martin.

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Tess White: I agree with Gillian Martin on the importance of investment, and it is true that it is a declining basin. I worked in the energy sector for decades, and we both understand that. However, it needs to be a managed and programmed proper transition, not a rushed and forced transition, which is what the SNP Government wants us to have. A rushed, premature transition serves no one, nor does it...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Tess White: I thought that I was in a different debate. The Scottish Conservatives will stand up for our oil and gas industry. We support new oil and gas licences. We will not abandon the industry or the workers who rely on its continued survival, and we will not allow the industry to shut down.

Scottish Parliament: Ambulance Services (Aberdeen Royal Infirmary) (29 Feb 2024)

Tess White: On Monday, up to half of the north-east’s ambulance fleet—18 ambulances—were stuck outside Aberdeen royal infirmary. A paramedic told The Press and Journal that they are unable to help people who are most in need because they are repeatedly tied up. The situation is now so bad that earlier this month a shop worker in Dyce who was covered in blood after being attacked and left almost...

Scottish Parliament: Eljamel and NHS Tayside Public Inquiry and Independent Clinical Review (29 Feb 2024)

Tess White: Will the Scottish Government ensure that all the records of all its meetings and engagements with Eljamel’s former patients, which go back a long time, will be made available to the public inquiry?

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Tess White: I have been a carer myself. No one should underestimate the importance of our social care system for the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of society. However, as we have repeatedly heard this afternoon, social care is at breaking point under this SNP Government, and vulnerable people are on a precipice. As Jeremy Balfour rightly says, social care cannot wait for a national care...

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Tess White: Last summer, a controversial backroom deal on shared accountability arrangements between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the NHS was supposed to provide greater clarity on the bill, according to the disgraced former health secretary, Michael Matheson.

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Tess White: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I am pleased that Michelle Thomson said that that was a correct quote. From the Royal College of Nursing to Unison, and many more besides—[ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Tess White: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I wish that there had been as much clarity and scrutiny at stage 1. It shows that my colleagues can scrutinise when they need to do so. From the Royal College of Nursing to Unison, and many more besides, stakeholders are clear that developments last summer have breached their trust and muddied the waters even more. The National Care Service (Scotland) Bill has...

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Tess White: You had your chance, and you did not say anything during the committee process.

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Tess White: The social care sector is deeply concerned that the bill is becoming a battleground. We cannot lose—


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