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

Colin Smyth: I will continue, and I hope that I might answer some of his points. There has been no real sense of policy direction from the Government. There has not even been a commitment to statutory consultation on the future support plans. No measurable target has been outlined by the Government. There is no detail on how the Government would allocate any funding that is given and the breakdown of that...

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

Colin Smyth: The bill is an opportunity to better distribute the support that we provide. Rhoda Grant and Richard Leonard highlighted that too much of our current support goes to too few. We need to look at issues and powers such as cap and taper payments and free front-loading.

Scottish Parliament: Smoking and Vaping (26 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: I thank climate activist Laura Young and others, including the Daily Record , for their successful campaign to ban disposable vapes. However, as we know, refillable vapes will still be available. Earlier today, I met pupils from Peebles high school, and secondary 1 pupil Jess highlighted that disposable vapes are clearly marketed in her direction through packaging, flavours and shop displays....

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: It has been a long stage 3 process, but it has been an even longer wait for action to disrupt the undeniable link between driven grouse moors and raptor persecution. Rhoda Grant reminded us that it is nearly 14 years since Labour member Peter Peacock lodged an amendment to the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill that sought to establish licensing. It was dismissed at the time by...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: The reality is that Mark Ruskell fails to explain why, when we had stage 2 and stage 3 amendments, he took the whip from Edward Mountain more than he listened to the animal welfare charities. Dozens of amendments were lodged, and Mr Ruskell voted against every one of them. [ Interruption .] He thinks that it is amusing that we cannot have the improvements to the bill that could have been...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: Those people who think that it is acceptable to illegally shoot, trap and poison protected birds of prey on our grouse moors are the only ones who should fear the bill. I hope that, as a result of the bill, their time will, at long last, be well and truly up.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Cyberattack) (19 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported cyberattack on NHS Dumfries and Galloway. (S6T-01869)

Scottish Parliament: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Cyberattack) (19 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: So far, the attacks do not appear to have caused any major disruption to patient services, which is welcome. However, it is deeply worrying that there is a risk that hackers were able to acquire a significant amount of information, which could include identifying data on patients and staff. We know from past attacks on the NHS that the motive can often be related to extortion attempts on...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Cyberattack) (19 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: Cyberattacks on the NHS are not new, obviously, but it is clear from this attack that they are becoming more common and more sophisticated. Of course, they are not unique to NHS Dumfries and Galloway. Following the attack, which has led to a breach of confidential data, and given that the security that is used by the health board will have been very similar to that which is used by the NHS...

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

Colin Smyth: Glue traps are barbaric, cruel and indiscriminate. Rats and mice, and sometimes non-target species, that are stuck in traps often remain there until the person who set the trap comes to kill them.

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

Colin Smyth: I am sure that Edward Mountain will have an opportunity to speak in the debate, but I will still give way to him at this point.

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

Colin Smyth: Any animal crossing a glue trap will be caught. The reality is that the cruelty to rats and mice is absolutely clear for everyone to see. No matter who sets such traps, sentient animals suffer appalling distress during that time, which is why glue traps should be banned, and that ban should be watertight. It is typical of Edward Mountain that, once again, he adopts a do-nothing attitude and...

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

Colin Smyth: Far be it from me to be sceptical that Edward Mountain wants to remove completely the ban on snaring but, if his argument is that he wants snaring to be licensed even though he supports a ban, why did he not lodge amendments at this stage for a licensing scheme instead of bringing an amendment that is clearly designed to wreck the ban on snaring, which, frankly, is long overdue to be outlawed?

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

Colin Smyth: The sentience of wild mammals and birds is recognised across the scientific community. Amendment 53 is a minor amendment that simply states that NatureScot should consider including independent animal welfare expertise when determining the content of the trap training courses, in recognition of that sentience. Some groups, such as the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, argue that that is not...

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

Colin Smyth: I am certainly not an expert in training. However, does Finlay Carson accept that others, such as the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission, are experts on that type of information? Why is he opposed to their being able to consider what the training consists of?

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

Colin Smyth: Amendment 66 and consequential amendments 77 and 79 seek to close a potential loophole in the bill whereby estates that lose their licence for grouse shooting due to criminality could seek to get round the loss or suspension of their licence by releasing non-native red-legged partridges or pheasants as alternatives to grouse, thereby allowing shooting to continue. Amendment 66 would disapply...

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

Colin Smyth: The minister said that what I suggested would be “unusual”, but it would not be impossible. If it becomes clear that people are seeking to get round the loss of a licence, what action does the minister propose to take to clamp down on that? It is not clear.

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

Colin Smyth: Does Finlay Carson therefore believe that an estate that has lost its grouse licence due to being linked to criminality should be able to carry on business as usual by simply offering sporting clients an alternative quarry? That is exactly what he is saying.

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

Colin Smyth: Amendments 71 and 72, in my name, relate to the code of practice for a section 16AA licence. In proposed new section 16AC(2) of the 1981 act, which outlines what the code “may, in particular, provide guidance on”, paragraph (a) states: “how land should be managed to reduce disturbance of and harm to any wild animal, wild bird or wild plant”. That is positive, but paragraphs (b) and...


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