Results 61–80 of 1123 for speaker:Colin Smyth

Scottish Parliament: Colleges (Staff Attraction and Retention) (18 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to attract and retain staff in colleges. (S6O-02987)

Scottish Parliament: Colleges (Staff Attraction and Retention) (18 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: It is rare for a week to pass without a minister saying in the chamber that we do not have industrial action in the national health service in Scotland at the moment because of the action and intervention of ministers. What does it say about the failure of the Government to intervene in our colleges when we note that this week, college staff in the Educational Institute of Scotland Further...

Scottish Parliament: XL Bully Dogs (18 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: I thank the minister for providing advance sight of her statement. This has been another example of the inability of our two Governments to work together. We have seen the consequence of that lack of alignment and confusion in recent weeks, but now that the Government has proposed a ban in Scotland, I hope that the minister will work with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Rural and Islands Youth Parliament (18 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: The Scottish rural and islands youth parliament provides a great opportunity for young people to help to shape the future of Scotland’s rural regions and islands. Those young people who attended the inaugural parliament in November should be commended for the invaluable insights that they shared on the challenges that our islands and rural regions face and what we can do to build stronger,...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Rural and Islands Youth Parliament (18 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: If I have time, Deputy Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Rural and Islands Youth Parliament (18 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: I am delighted to hear from Jim Fairlie the phrase that the Labour Government is “due to come in”. I very much look forward to that. We need to give rural communities certainty, both at UK level and in this Parliament. We have not had that when it comes to the legislation coming forward and future agricultural support. As we have heard, we have commitments around a depopulation action...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Rural and Islands Youth Parliament (18 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: Absolutely. One of the Scottish rural and islands youth parliament’s asks was that we need to be their spokespeople in this Parliament. That is a message for the cabinet secretary, but it is also a message for all of us who have the privilege to represent those young people in this Parliament. We need to start to deliver for them.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Waiting Times (17 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: Once again, it was the pandemic that did it. That is the sole reason that we have heard from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care for the crisis that is engulfing our health and social care services. It is a damning admission that, two years on, Humza Yousaf’s plan is failing, but it also defies the reality that the seeds for the crisis were sown well before 2020. Pre-pandemic,...

Scottish Parliament: Police Officer Numbers (South Scotland) (10 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact that the Scottish budget 2024-25 will have on police officer numbers in the South Scotland region. (S6O-02938)

Scottish Parliament: Police Officer Numbers (South Scotland) (10 Jan 2024)

Colin Smyth: We have seen police officer numbers plummet right across Scotland in recent years. In the smallest division, Dumfries and Galloway, numbers have been cut from 411 in June 2020 to just 354, which means that, at certain times, just a couple of officers are covering a huge geographical area. Can the cabinet secretary confirm whether the recent budget means that we will return to the levels of...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness-related Deaths (21 Dec 2023)

Colin Smyth: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to data from National Records of Scotland showing a rise in homelessness-related deaths since 2017. (S6O-02910)

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness-related Deaths (21 Dec 2023)

Colin Smyth: In response to the Government’s budget, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations described the 26 per cent cut in funding for house building as “an absolute hammer blow for tackling homelessness”. The Chartered Institute of Housing and Shelter both said that it is “devastating”, and Homes for Scotland has said that it is “shocking”. The Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2024-25 (19 Dec 2023)

Colin Smyth: Given that the national minimum wage will be £11.44 per hour from April, does the cabinet secretary really think that paying social care workers just an extra 56p will make any difference to the social care recruitment crisis? Given that, when she was health secretary, she promised to eradicate delayed discharge but is now presiding over it at record levels, how many hundreds of millions of...

Scottish Parliament: Pension Age Disability Payment (30 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to calls from Age Scotland and others to improve plans for the new pension age disability payment by including extra mobility and travel support for recipients. (S6O-02815)

Scottish Parliament: Pension Age Disability Payment (30 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: The cabinet secretary will know that a mobility component is available to disabled people below pension age who are in receipt of disability-linked social security, such as the personal independence payment and the child and adult disability payments, but is not available to those who are above pension age, which is arguably ageist. Such a component could give disabled people access to...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: The bill has been a long time coming. It is eight years since reports, first by RSPB Scotland and then by Scottish Natural Heritage, showed that raptor persecution is often linked to driven grouse moors. It is seven years since that conclusion prompted the Scottish Government to commission the Werritty review. It is four years since that independent review reported to the Government with...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: There is evidence to say that the date of 15 April for a conclusion of the season overlaps with nesting by eagles, curlew and red grouse. There is a discussion to be had about whether, given the fact that we know that a lot of birds are nesting earlier because of climate change, 15 April is the most appropriate date. The RSPB also makes a strong case for lowering the depth definition for peat...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: I would have loved to give way to Mr Carson. I am sure that his comment would have been supportive.

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: I am perfectly aware of the rules around voluntary interests. Perhaps Mr Carson wants to read those rules himself before he makes such comments. The bill will provide accountability when it comes to land management practices such as muirburn and trapping, and it will help us to begin to tackle the problem of raptor persecution. It will take a small step towards the giant leap that we still...

Scottish Parliament: Fairtrade Products (23 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: 1. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body under what circumstances Fairtrade products are used in catering in the Scottish Parliament. (S6O-02785)


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