Results 1–20 of 139 for speaker:Roz McCall

Scottish Parliament: Cosmetic Treatments (26 Mar 2024)

Roz McCall: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that Scotland has become the “worst country in Europe” for unqualified beauticians injecting customers with cosmetic treatments. (S6T-01893)

Scottish Parliament: Cosmetic Treatments (26 Mar 2024)

Roz McCall: Tens of thousands of people across Scotland now get dermal filler treatment. As its popularity increases, so do complications such as infection, blocked arteries, blindness and even stroke. Its increased popularity has been mirrored by a surge in unlicensed, counterfeit and unsafe products being passed off as Botox treatment. In 2021, it became illegal in England for a person under the age of...

Scottish Parliament: Cosmetic Treatments (26 Mar 2024)

Roz McCall: I am happy to share everything that I have with the minister. However, given that the consultation was completed in 2022, I am not seeing enough urgency from the Scottish Government on the issue. Frances Turner Traill, a prescribing nurse and director of a registered clinic, is concerned that the lack of action from the Scottish Government will actually see patients die. She said: “It’s...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Roz McCall: I am pleased to close the debate on behalf of the Scottish Conservatives. I appreciate the consensual tone of the debate, which the minister said he hoped for. For the most part, that is what we have had. I highlight an important point that my colleague Liz Smith made in her characteristically thorough speech. All members across the chamber are, rightly, committed to the principle of widening...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Roz McCall: I thank Ross Greer very much for the intervention; I cannot disagree with that. Going back to nursery places and primary school education, it is important that there is a foundation in early years, as we reap that reward in further education. I again highlight the need for joined-up thinking on early-years childcare. We could use private nurseries to provide on-site childcare on campus, which...

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

Roz McCall: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I also had difficulties getting on to the app. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Deafblindness Definition (Social Security Scotland) (14 Mar 2024)

Roz McCall: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has undertaken regarding the incorporation of the definition of deafblindness into the work of Social Security Scotland. (S6O-03200)

Scottish Parliament: Deafblindness Definition (Social Security Scotland) (14 Mar 2024)

Roz McCall: The cross-party group on deafness, of which I am deputy convener, has worked tirelessly towards the adoption in Scotland of a definition of deafblindness. That definition is the Nordic model—it has been accepted in the United Kingdom since 1985, and it is the recognised definition across the European Union, with which the Scottish Government has frequently stated that it wishes to align. My...

Scottish Parliament: Addressing Child Poverty Through Parental Employment (14 Mar 2024)

Roz McCall: I, too, thank the committee clerks for their diligent work in drafting such a comprehensive report and all those who supported the inquiry. The Scottish Conservatives believe that the best way to tackle child poverty is to ensure that parents are in paid employment and earning a decent wage. It is very concerning that more than a third of children who are in poverty live in households that...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Roz McCall: It is an honour to close the debate—yet another debate on violence in our schools—on behalf of the Scottish Conservatives. I reflect on the fact that it has taken another motion from this side of the chamber, 10 months on from our party’s debate in May, for the topic to be raised here again. While I was putting together some of the words for this afternoon’s debate, I found myself...

Scottish Parliament: Nursery-age Childcare Funding (29 Feb 2024)

Roz McCall: The minister will be aware of a proposal in Edinburgh to phase out funded childcare in private and independent nurseries for parents who live outside the city. That will have a massively detrimental impact on my constituents in Fife who commute to Edinburgh for work. Furthermore, removing such a choice goes against the Government’s commitment to getting it right for every child. What...

Scottish Parliament: Qualifications and Assessment (28 Feb 2024)

Roz McCall: I thank every member who contributed to the debate. It is a privilege to close the debate on behalf of the Scottish Conservatives, not least because it is a rare occurrence that we are debating the substance of the education of our young people. I agree with Willie Rennie and Ross Greer that our time today is, unfortunately, just a little too short. As my colleagues have highlighted, we...

Scottish Parliament: The Promise ( 8 Feb 2024)

Roz McCall: I note the First Minister’s reference to 2,000 fewer children being in the care system. However, I highlight the report’s statement that that could evidence a “worrying failure”. Given that social workers have a crucial role in keeping the Promise, the revelation that more than 83 per cent of social workers had an absence from work in 2023 because of sickness is very concerning. How...

Scottish Parliament: City Centres (Large Retail Stores) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Roz McCall: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether, as part of the implementation of the recommendations of the city centre recovery task force report, the role of larger retail stores in city centres is being considered. (S6O-03059)

Scottish Parliament: City Centres (Large Retail Stores) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Roz McCall: According to the Scottish Retail Consortium, larger retail stores employ a high share of retail jobs and provide a significant share of low-cost everyday essentials for customers. Shops that are liable for the higher property rate have been paying more than their English counterparts for the past eight years, and now there is a threat of a rates surtax on grocers. Given that the city centre...

Scottish Parliament: UK Covid-19 Inquiry (31 Jan 2024)

Roz McCall: Everyone I have spoken to recently is dismayed about the Covid-19 inquiry revelations. I have been told many stories of how decisions made in this place have had a detrimental effect on the health of someone—either themselves or someone they love. One lady, a former nurse who worked through the pandemic, is now living with long Covid. She has difficulty breathing, which makes her tired....

Scottish Parliament: Dementia (Support) (24 Jan 2024)

Roz McCall: The minister will be aware of the link between audio and visual sensory loss and dementia. Given that there is such a strong connection, highlighting how important audiovisual stimulation is to keeping parts of the brain active, why are routine eyesight or hearing tests not provided as standard in our elderly care facilities?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (City Centre Recovery and Small Businesses) (17 Jan 2024)

Roz McCall: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what impact its budget will have on city centre recovery and small businesses. (S6O-02963)

Scottish Parliament: Budget (City Centre Recovery and Small Businesses) (17 Jan 2024)

Roz McCall: The Scottish Retail Consortium has said that the Scottish budget will cause “self-inflicted economic harm” and that its plan for a new levy “smacks of incoherent policy-making within Government”. All that comes on top of the Scottish National Party’s failure to pass on the 75 per cent rates relief to retail businesses. [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Budget (City Centre Recovery and Small Businesses) (17 Jan 2024)

Roz McCall: Does the minister accept that the cumulative effect will stifle the economy, further hinder the retail sector, prevent city centre recovery and, ultimately, pass additional costs on to Scottish consumers?


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