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Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I will take a further intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I still do not think that that addresses the point. The purpose of the bill is to reduce the number of dogs to two, to minimise the risk of dogs chasing and ultimately killing the fox. That is the circumstance that the Government is in favour of achieving. My argument is that that should be used in all circumstances, so the number of dogs should be reduced to two, which is the main aim of the...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: As I have made clear at each stage of the bill, I disagree with the licensing provisions in it. However, if the provisions are to remain, we must ensure that the system works as it is intended to, with licences being granted only as a last resort. My amendment 95 would create a duty for ministers to review the operation of the licensing scheme created by sections 4 and 8 every five years, to...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I welcome the Government’s support for my amendment 95, which would create a duty for ministers to review the operation of the licence scheme. Edward Mountain asked why I specified the licence scheme. It is because that is the main area of the bill on which we lack detailed information and it requires to be properly reviewed.

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: In order to review the scheme, such information will be required. Part of my amendment 95 will cover that. I do not agree with Edward Mountain’s amendment 96, which asks only for information, rather than a review. Finlay Carson raised the point that the Government would be obliged to specify its reasons if it did not intend to take any action but would not have to specify reasons if it...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I support amendments 15 and 17 and the consequential amendments 16 and 18, all of which are in the name of Ariane Burgess. The bill currently refers to the consideration of welfare only in relation to the destruction of a dog or horse. It is important that the welfare of animals is considered in the case of a sale or another disposal that the court orders, and not only when it comes to...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: In 2002, the Parliament sought to end the barbaric practice of mounted hunts using packs of dogs to chase foxes to exhaustion and then for those dogs to be set on the fox to brutally kill it. Two decades on, some hunts continue to ride roughshod over the letter and spirit of that ban. Today was a chance to right that wrong, scrap the loopholes that are being exploited and end the cruelty of...

Scottish Parliament: Strategic Transport Projects Review 2 (Rail in South Scotland) (19 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: During budget consideration, the Deputy First Minister said that a “six-month pilot ... will remove peak-time rail fares”.—[ Official Report , 15 December 2022; c 69.] It turns out that that will affect only some peak rail fares. Can the minister tell us from which rail routes in South Scotland peak fares will be removed, because it is clear that it will not be all of them?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Biodiversity Strategy (19 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: The Woodland Trust has called on the Scottish Government to raise the target for the proportion of native trees in future planting to at least 50 per cent from the previous target of 40 per cent, and Labour supports that. The Greens’ manifesto made a commitment to 60 per cent. Will the minister clarify the Government’s current position? Is the target 40, 50 or 60 per cent? Will it be...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Neutral Islands Project (19 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: It is just under a year since the Scottish Government announced the six islands that would be part of the carbon neutral islands project. As Liam McArthur said, this has been a good debate about that project. I welcome the chance to acknowledge the work in not just those six islands but all 93 of Scotland’s inhabited island communities as part of our transition to net zero. Decarbonising...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Neutral Islands Project (19 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I absolutely agree with that point, which we constantly stress to the UK Government. No homes on Orkney or Shetland use mains gas, and 88 per cent of households in the Western Isles are off grid, as Alasdair Allan knows. As Liam Kerr highlighted, however, there is a lack of clarity on the future heating options for many of those households. If those communities are to achieve a just...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service and Social Care (18 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: The crisis in our health and social care services has engulfed every part of our NHS in every part of the country, but, in rural areas, where services are especially precarious, the impact has been profound. A day rarely goes by when my inbox does not contain another heartbreaking case that exposes how utterly broken services are. Today, a third of beds in Dumfries and Galloway royal...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service and Social Care (18 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I will—provided that I can have the time back. Can I, Presiding Officer?

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service and Social Care (18 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I am sure that Emma Harper will cover her point in her own speech. That maternity unit, which is the eighth-largest of Scotland’s 22 community midwifery units, has still not reopened for in-hospital births, and there has been a 60 per cent increase in the already high level of nursing and midwifery vacancies in the region since it closed. I could talk about so many other services in the...

Scottish Parliament: Green Freeports (18 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I thank the Deputy First Minister for advance sight of his statement. The eventual agreement between the UK and Scottish Governments on freeports is a drop in the ocean when it comes to what is needed to stimulate Scotland’s flagging economy. There was no commitment from the Deputy First Minister of new Government resources for the ports that missed out on freeport status, such as the Clyde...

Scottish Parliament: Green Freeports (18 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: Answer the question.

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (11 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have abstained.

Scottish Parliament: Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan (10 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of his statement. The long-awaited publication of the draft energy strategy and just transition plan comes at a time when we are facing a cost of living crisis and a climate crisis. The need for a just transition to a low-carbon, affordable energy process has never been more important. However, many of the so-called plans that have been...

Scottish Parliament: Autism Spectrum (Employment Gap) (22 Dec 2022)

Colin Smyth: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to close the autism spectrum employment gap. (S6O-01735)


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