Results 81–100 of 1123 for speaker:Colin Smyth

Scottish Parliament: Fairtrade Products (23 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: A member of the cross-party group on fair trade raised with me, in my capacity as convener of the group, that non-Fairtrade coffee was being served at a recent parliamentary reception. I am keen to know on what occasions and why the decision would be taken to serve a non-Fairtrade product when a Fairtrade option was available, which is the norm in the Parliament. Will the SPCB consider...

Scottish Parliament: A75 and A77 Improvements (16 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: 6. To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish a delivery plan for improvements to the A75 and A77 trunk roads. (S6O-02741)

Scottish Parliament: A75 and A77 Improvements (16 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: I hear what the minister says about discussions with the UK Government about the A75, but the commitments regarding work on both trunk roads were made by the Scottish Government in its strategic transport review and the A77 does not feature at all in the UK Government’s connectivity review. Does the minister accept that there is real frustration in the community, and from businesses such as...

Scottish Parliament: Learning Estate Investment Programme (Funding) (South Scotland) ( 9 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what funding it is providing through the next phase of the learning state investment programme for schools in the South Scotland region. (S6O-02709)

Scottish Parliament: Learning Estate Investment Programme (Funding) (South Scotland) ( 9 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: The question was about the next phase of the programme, not the one that happened three years ago. The short answer is that there is nothing—not a penny—for a single school in South Scotland. It was bad enough that projects were delayed and costs rose because of the dithering of the cabinet secretary in making a decision on funding, but now every project in the region has been rejected....

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations ( 8 Nov 2023)

Colin Smyth: Given the clear legal duty that the UK Fisheries Act 2020 places on the Scottish Government, will the cabinet secretary tell us how she will use the negotiations and the outcomes to incentivise low-impact fisheries through quota allocation?

Scottish Parliament: Rural and Islands Housing (31 Oct 2023)

Colin Smyth: In February , the convention of the south of Scotland held its biannual gathering, bringing together Government ministers and key national and local public bodies with responsibility for growth. The convention usually debates a range of economic issues. This time, the crisis facing the region is such that there was just one item on the agenda—housing. South of Scotland Enterprise has...

Scottish Parliament: Rural and Islands Housing (31 Oct 2023)

Colin Smyth: I absolutely believe that we need a far more can-do approach to our planning processes. One move that would help would be to properly resource planning authorities to make decisions as quickly as possible, because delays have increased in recent years. At a time when there are all these challenges, there has been an increase of more than 90 per cent in the number of open homelessness cases in...

Scottish Parliament: Recruitment of Police Officers (Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders) (25 Oct 2023)

Colin Smyth: Despite being the third-biggest region in Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway has the smallest number of local officers of all the local policing divisions—at the moment, it has just 320 officers, not the 349 that the cabinet reported it as having in June. It has much fewer officers than the 411 that it had in June 2020. That has led to community policing being dismantled in many parts of the...

Scottish Parliament: Skills (25 Oct 2023)

Colin Smyth: If we want an illustration of the lack of leadership and urgency from the Government in facing up to and tackling the skills shortages that we face today, and which will become even more profound in the future, it comes from the treatment of Scotland’s colleges, as Willie Rennie highlighted. A week never passes without local businesses telling me about the acute labour and skills shortages...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Industry (Support) ( 4 Oct 2023)

Colin Smyth: The Scottish Government has a legal duty to support and incentivise fishing methods that have a lower environmental impact and are selective. What specific measures has the Government taken, and planned to take, to deliver what is a legal responsibility?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future Energy System (28 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: In 2010, Alex Salmond told us that Scotland would be the Saudi Arabia of renewables, with 130,000 green jobs by 2020, but less than a fifth of those were created. No wonder the Scottish Trades Union Congress consultation response said that workers have “little faith” that their livelihoods will be protected. Can the minister tell us exactly how many green jobs will be created as a result...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency (26 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: As the world burned over the summer, our world leaders continued to fiddle. Instead of keeping the 1.5°C target alive, decisions that are being made around the globe mean that we are still heading for a devastating 2.7°C rise in temperatures. However, as we lack climate leadership abroad, we lack such leadership from Governments here at home. It really was an understatement by the cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency (26 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: I will come to the UK Government’s announcement. However, if the Scottish Government recognises that we are not making the progress that we should make, why does the motion that it has lodged for debate fail even to acknowledge that? It talks merely about welcoming progress; it does not even acknowledge the fact that the Government has not met its own climate targets in eight of the past 12...

Scottish Parliament: Digital Education (21 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: In 2022, the number of people entering computing teaching training was half the target that the Government set. The STEM bursary scheme has clearly not succeeded in incentivising a career in computing teaching. Does the cabinet secretary accept that unless the Government tackles the chronic shortage of computing teachers, people will rightly question how serious it is about improving...

Scottish Parliament: Single-use Vapes (Environmental Impact) (14 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: I thank Gillian Mackay for introducing her motion. The great vape debate is often, “Are e-cigarettes saving smokers or creating new addicts?” The reality is that it is probably a bit of both. We have seen a welcome decrease in smoking rates in Scotland from 28 per cent of adults in 2003 to 11 per cent in 2021, thanks to policy interventions such as the ban on smoking in public places....

Scottish Parliament: Single-use Vapes (Environmental Impact) (14 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: I absolutely accept that and, as we have heard from a number of members, it is also important to note that we face a growing avalanche of children and young people who never smoke—and never had any intention of smoking—but are now choosing to vape. As ASH Scotland highlighted in March, using the Government’s figures, regular e-cigarette use by 15-year-olds has tripled in the past five...

Scottish Parliament: Children in Temporary Accommodation (Dumfries and Galloway) (14 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to recent statistics showing that the number of children in Dumfries and Galloway living in temporary accommodation rose by 67 per cent between 2022 and 2023. (S6O-02504)

Scottish Parliament: Children in Temporary Accommodation (Dumfries and Galloway) (14 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: We have seen an increase of over 90 per cent in the number of open homelessness cases in Dumfries and Galloway, compared with 2019-20. The crisis is so bad that housing officers are placing people in caravans and 50 bed and breakfasts across the region. Why was the number of homes that were given grant funding in the year to the end of June as part of the affordable housing supply programme...

Scottish Parliament: Football (14 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: Although it may not be so when I and, as we have heard, Neil Bibby and Brian Whittle play it, football really is the beautiful game. I have enjoyed listening to members talking of their love of the game, sharing the highs and lows of their teams—from Stephen Kerr’s memory of the Loons missing out narrowly to Rangers in the cup in 1978 to Douglas Lumsden’s slightly more successful trip...


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