Results 41–60 of 1123 for speaker:Colin Smyth

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

Colin Smyth: It is important to point out that amendments 71 and 72 would not stop anybody doing what they do at present, including killing. They would simply ensure that questions that should routinely be asked as part of any wildlife management in a civilised society are asked and that all options are considered. I say to the minister that that is not a prescriptive approach; it is less prescriptive,...

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

Colin Smyth: One of the bill’s key aims is to protect our peatlands by limiting burning on them, so the definition of peatland matters. The bill contains this definition: “land where the soil has a layer of peat with a thickness of more than 40 centimetres.” The consequence of that is that extensive areas of shallow peat with a depth of less than 40cm will be treated as not being peatland, even...

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

Colin Smyth: The first point that I would make is that there is—absolutely—an international precedent for the depth being 30cm, which is not the case for its being 40cm. Secondly, Kate Forbes’s Government is proposing a depth of 40cm, which needs to be measured as well. So, if there are difficulties in measuring 30cm, there are equal difficulties in measuring 40cm. The 40cm figure is, frankly, the...

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

Colin Smyth: If the requirement that I propose is to look at the scientific evidence, why is Rachael Hamilton running scared of having a regular review every five years that takes into account such evidence? I presume that she is doing so because she knows that her argument for 50cm has no scientific basis whatsoever. Why is she scared of having a review every five years to put 50cm to the test, rather...

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

Colin Smyth: Does the minister accept that, actually, the amendments say that such a review would be within five years? There could be a review at any time that scientific evidence comes forward, and we would not have to wait for five years. Does he accept that there is concern that there is an ability in the bill for ministers to change the depth by regulation but that there is not a requirement to do...

Scottish Parliament: Train Station Accessibility (Dumfries and Galloway) (14 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the accessibility for disabled people of train stations in Dumfries and Galloway. (S6O-03212)

Scottish Parliament: Train Station Accessibility (Dumfries and Galloway) (14 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: Even after the work at Dumfries station, almost half the stations in the region will still not be fully accessible. In particular, Kirkconnel station has no disabled access whatever to the southbound platform, which means that one of my constituents, who is in a wheelchair, had to stay on the train from Glasgow to Sanquhar, change there and take a northbound train back from Sanquhar to...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: If publishing plans, agreeing strategies or setting up advisory councils delivered economic growth, Scotland’s economy would be booming. According to Our Scottish Future, we have had 60 plans on the economy and more than 80 on climate change in the past decade, but Scotland’s economy continues to lag behind the rest of the UK’s on 10 out of 13 productivity indicators, from business...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: It cannot mean only one thing—it can mean several things. Most important, it can mean an end to the silo working that often exists in those agencies. We have a raft of agencies and they need to work more closely together to give businesses the one-stop shop that Ivan McKee failed to deliver when he was a minister and that the Government has failed to deliver for 16 years. In the past 16...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: —not offshored in a way that the Government offshores the profits. We need to unleash the true economic potential of Scotland and our people, and that involves every part of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Funding Deficit) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: 7. To ask the Scottish Government when it last discussed NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s funding deficit with the national health service board. (S6O-03180)

Scottish Parliament: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Funding Deficit) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: NHS Dumfries and Galloway has projected that it will face a £54 million deficit by March 2025, and the Scottish Government has ordered it to find £29 million in savings in the forthcoming year alone. In a region where people cannot find an NHS dentist to register with; mums-to-be in Wigtownshire have to take a 150-mile round trip to Dumfries to give birth because the maternity unit in...

Scottish Parliament: Child Neurodevelopmental Assessment (Waiting Times) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: 7. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to reduce waiting times for children referred for a neurodevelopmental assessment. (S6F-02904)

Scottish Parliament: Child Neurodevelopmental Assessment (Waiting Times) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Colin Smyth: The First Minister is correct: the Government set a standard of care in September 2021. That standard says that children and young people who are referred for a neurodevelopmental assessment should have an initial appointment within no more than four weeks. At that time, my constituent, who was just 10 years old, had been on the waiting list with NHS Lanarkshire for a year. She is now 13...

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

Colin Smyth: At the height of the Covid pandemic, rarely a day passed without constituents raising with me their heartbreaking experiences of not being able to visit loved ones in care homes, because we did not get our act together on testing; social care packages being removed; people feeling pressure to sign “do not attempt resuscitation” forms; care home staff being frightened because they had no...

Scottish Parliament: Hernia Operations (Waiting Times) (NHS Dumfries and Galloway) ( 1 Feb 2024)

Colin Smyth: 4. To ask the Scottish Government when it last discussed waiting times for hernia operations with NHS Dumfries and Galloway. (S6O-03049)

Scottish Parliament: Hernia Operations (Waiting Times) (NHS Dumfries and Galloway) ( 1 Feb 2024)

Colin Smyth: I have a constituent in Dumfries and Galloway who, having been diagnosed with a double hernia, has been waiting for treatment for four years. Another person’s hernia operation in August 2022 was cancelled 10 minutes before they were due to go into theatre. Because of cancellations, they are still waiting. Another person inquired two months ago about how long they would need to wait and was...

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (24 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: The Scottish Government’s motion is true to form. The Scottish Government rightly criticises the UK Government’s failings, but it does not show any humility at all by acknowledging its own. The motion mentions the 42,000 jobs that are supported by the renewable energy industry, but it does not mention the 130,000 jobs that Alex Salmond promised when he said that we would be the “Saudi...

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (24 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: If I have time.

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (24 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: I agree that the just transition should be for the whole of Scotland but, so far, the south of Scotland has not benefited as much as it should have. As I have highlighted, there is an opportunity to do so by locating Scotland’s blade hub at Chapelcross. It already has service land available via South of Scotland Enterprise and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The region is also the...


<< < 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 > >>

Create an alert

Advanced search

Find this exact word or phrase

You can also do this from the main search box by putting exact words in quotes: like "cycling" or "hutton report"

By default, we show words related to your search term, like “cycle” and “cycles” in a search for cycling. Putting the word in quotes, like "cycling", will stop this.

Excluding these words

You can also do this from the main search box by putting a minus sign before words you don’t want: like hunting -fox

We also support a bunch of boolean search modifiers, like AND and NEAR, for precise searching.

Date range

to

You can give a start date, an end date, or both to restrict results to a particular date range. A missing end date implies the current date, and a missing start date implies the oldest date we have in the system. Dates can be entered in any format you wish, e.g. 3rd March 2007 or 17/10/1989

Person

Enter a name here to restrict results to contributions only by that person.

Section

Restrict results to a particular parliament or assembly that we cover (e.g. the Scottish Parliament), or a particular type of data within an institution, such as Commons Written Answers.

Column

If you know the actual Hansard column number of the information you are interested in (perhaps you’re looking up a paper reference), you can restrict results to that; you can also use column:123 in the main search box.