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Scottish Parliament: Further Education Pay ( 7 May 2024)

Colin Smyth: I thank my colleague Richard Leonard for lodging his motion. Once again, it is left to Opposition parties to bring to the chamber for debate the important issues that face our college sector. Ministers are quick to come to the chamber to claim that junior doctors are not on strike in Scotland because of Government intervention, or to say that the teachers’ dispute was resolved...

Scottish Parliament: Further Education Pay ( 7 May 2024)

Colin Smyth: The reality is that Ross Greer did not mitigate the cuts to colleges—he voted for those cuts. That is why we have a dispute going on at the moment. The buck stops with the Green and SNP MSPs—it is Mr Greer’s budget, so he should take responsibility. Our colleges should be the powerhouse of our economy—something that Ross Greer and the Greens fail to accept. Colleges should...

Scottish Parliament: Topical Question Time: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Data Breach) ( 7 May 2024)

Colin Smyth: To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that a large volume of data has been published on the dark web, following the recent cyberattack on NHS Dumfries and Galloway. (S6T-01965)

Scottish Parliament: Topical Question Time: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Data Breach) ( 7 May 2024)

Colin Smyth: There is nothing more personal than someone’s medical data, so this serious development will be deeply worrying for patients and staff of NHS Dumfries and Galloway, who will all be asking whether the breach affects them and their loved ones. NHS Dumfries and Galloway now knows what data files have been released, and that they include a substantial amount of data, including on...

Scottish Parliament: Topical Question Time: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Data Breach) ( 7 May 2024)

Colin Smyth: The ransom demands from the perpetrators of the cyberattack were never going to be met, so it was always highly likely that they would follow through on their threats to release the data and cause maximum disruption and distress. Now that the data is on the dark web, what assessment has the Government made of the likelihood of other criminals being able to access the information,...

Scottish Parliament: General Question Time: Care Homes (South Lanarkshire) ( 2 May 2024)

Colin Smyth: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to prevent the closure of care homes in South Lanarkshire. (S6O-03385)

Scottish Parliament: General Question Time: Care Homes (South Lanarkshire) ( 2 May 2024)

Colin Smyth: The residents of McClymont house do not want the minister to write to them to talk about assurances; they want the minister to intervene to save McClymont house. The IJB has made it clear to the minister that the closure is an entirely financial decision, in order to plug a funding shortfall of £33 million. The minister knows that the closure proposal is absolutely devastating for the older,...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Festivals (Dumfries and Galloway) (24 Apr 2024)

Colin Smyth: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support festivals in Dumfries and Galloway. (S6O-03327)

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Festivals (Dumfries and Galloway) (24 Apr 2024)

Colin Smyth: In recent years, in particular, in Dumfries and Galloway, we have lost a number of major music festivals, such as the Wickerman festival, the Electric Fields festival and, most recently, the Doonhame festival and the Big Burns Supper, while others, such as the Eden festival, have had to scale back. However, when new events such as Music at the Multiverse come forward, they do not seem to...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change Committee Scotland Report (18 Apr 2024)

Colin Smyth: Does the cabinet secretary understand that she can add yet more plans and strategies to the 82 that we have already had, but it is the Government’s actions that have led to today’s humiliating—not minor—ditching of targets? Let us take the example of woodland creation, which the Climate Change Committee has said needs to double. Despite that, the Government has halved the...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Older People (Representation) (18 Apr 2024)

Colin Smyth: To ask the Scottish Government what work it is undertaking to give greater representation to older people. (S6O-03314)

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Older People (Representation) (18 Apr 2024)

Colin Smyth: A recent Independent Age survey showed that almost three quarters of those who are over 65 in Scotland think that the issues that they face are badly understood. Age Scotland’s recent “The Big Survey” revealed that just 3 per cent of respondents felt that it was easy for older people to have their voices heard by decision makers. Given that both surveys showed overwhelming support for...

Scottish Parliament: Putting Langholm on the Map (16 Apr 2024)

Colin Smyth: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Putting Langholm on the Map (16 Apr 2024)

Colin Smyth: I thank Oliver Mundell for lodging his motion. It is a welcome opportunity to shine a light on a town that is often forgotten but whose community drive, passion and achievements are an example to others. Langholm was the birthplace of engineer Thomas Telford and the poet Hugh MacDiarmid. As home of clan Armstrong, as we have heard, it proudly made Neil Armstrong the first—and, indeed,...

Scottish Parliament: South Lanarkshire Care Homes (Closure) (28 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: This week, South Lanarkshire health and social care partnership voted to close two care homes, including McClymont House in Lanark, to help to plug a £33 million funding shortfall. The closures will save just £600,000 next year, but they are devastating for residents—older, vulnerable people who now face being kicked out of their homes. The partnership, which includes councillors in the...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (Dumfries and Galloway) (28 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to support the reversal of the reported reduction of bus services in Dumfries and Galloway. (S6O-03279)

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (Dumfries and Galloway) (28 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: Services across the region have been in decline for more than a decade, and so have local government budgets. An independent report that went to this month’s meeting of the South West of Scotland Transport Partnership warned that the situation is going to get worse. A summary of the report notes that “The fragile position of the bus industry in Dumfries and Galloway is acute ......

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: The debate has shown that people get that we cannot dot every i and cross every t of a rural support scheme in primary legislation. We need flexibility to ensure that changes can be made when needed without having to revisit the primary legislation. However, several speakers have rightly highlighted that there is a difference between a framework bill and, frankly, an empty frame. It is eight...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: Mr Fairlie is asking us to write a manifesto for the next election, but Labour in government has consistently committed to providing the funding that our agriculture sector needs. Rhoda Grant was clear that we should not subject that to the Barnett formula. The disproportionate amount that comes to Scotland at the moment should continue in the future, but the Scottish Government needs to take...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: If I have time, I will certainly take Mr Fairlie’s question.


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