Results 1101–1120 of 1123 for speaker:Colin Smyth

Scottish Parliament: Town Centre Regeneration (South Scotland) (26 Oct 2016)

Colin Smyth: Does the minister agree that internet shopping, improved transport links to our cities, the rise of supermarkets and out-of-town developments have left many of the market towns across South Scotland plagued by empty shops and that there is a real need to find alternative ways of bringing people into our town centres? One important way to achieve that would be to invest in more town centre...

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise and Skills Support (26 Oct 2016)

Colin Smyth: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests and to the fact that I am a councillor in Dumfries and Galloway, where I chair the economy committee. I am also the chair of the south of Scotland alliance. As the cabinet secretary said in his opening speech, our enterprise and skills agencies make an important contribution to our economy and they impact on all our...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Staff (Working Conditions) ( 5 Oct 2016)

Colin Smyth: On 27 September the Scottish Government wrote to integration joint board chief officers about the living wage for social care workers. The letter told them that IJBs did not need to pay the living wage for workers carrying out sleep-over shifts. Will the cabinet secretary apologise to those workers for failing to deliver the living wage to them on 1 October, as promised by the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Farming and Food Production ( 5 Oct 2016)

Colin Smyth: I will continue with what I hope is the reasonable line of questioning from Labour. Bearing it in mind that we are now into October, can the cabinet secretary clarify at what date he expects all farmers who are waiting for LFASS payments to have received a loan? How many of the 11,000 farmers who are entitled to an LFASS payment have received a CAP payment? How many of those 11,000 have had...

Scottish Parliament: Local National Health Services (28 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests, which shows that I was employed by Parkinson’s UK when I was elected in May, although that employment has ceased. In today’s debate, we have heard the voices of thousands of concerned families from across Scotland. Member after member has stood up for their constituents and sent the clear message to the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Local National Health Services (28 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: I also mentioned the areas that the motion covers, unlike the Government’s amendment. I urge members across the chamber to stand up for the communities that they represent, to recognise those communities’ concerns and to support the motion that is before us.

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Workers (Cost of Living Wage) (22 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how much paying at least the living wage to social care workers from October 2016 will cost health and social care partnerships. (S5O-00173)

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Workers (Cost of Living Wage) (22 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: Does the cabinet secretary accept that the national estimate to which she refers has proved to be wholly inadequate? Will the Scottish Government agree to review that estimate for the coming year, starting by simply asking integration joint boards what the actual costs have been? Will she put in place a proper, long-term framework that ensures that future funding takes account of the actual...

Scottish Parliament: Events (22 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: I declare an interest as a councillor in Dumfries and Galloway Council, where I have the privilege of carrying out a voluntary role as events champion for the region, which has a rich tapestry of events and festivals. Dumfries and Galloway’s reputation as the rural location of choice for many international-quality events is in no small part thanks to the unique major festivals and events...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Cash Shortfall) (21 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: Does the Cabinet Secretary for Justice accept that the cost-cutting proposals from Police Scotland to close eight police station in Dumfries and Galloway—on the back of the closure of the police control room, the scrapping of traffic wardens, the closure of public counters in numerous police stations, the cut in opening hours and the massive cull of civilian staff posts—will be a further...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staffing (21 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: I declare an interest as a councillor in Dumfries and Galloway. Also, when I was elected in May, I was employed by Parkinson’s UK, although that employment has now ceased. This year, we celebrate 68 years of Labour’s greatest achievement: our national health service. The principle that, no matter someone’s class, race, age or financial circumstances, they should be entitled to quality...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staffing (21 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: I absolutely will, and I will come on to speak in detail about what the Government needs to do to review the way in which that policy has been implemented. It is an important policy and we support it but, frankly, the implementation has been chaotic. As I said, there have been plenty of warm words about the workforce, but we need fair pay, conditions and staffing levels. Speaker after speaker...

Scottish Parliament: Eye Health Week (20 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: Presiding Officer, I thank you for allowing time for the debate, and I thank Stuart McMillan for lodging the motion. I congratulate him on his re-election as the convener of the cross-party group on visual impairment. As a new member, I look forward to working with all members of that group. It is 10 years since the introduction of free eye health checks by my colleague Lewis Macdonald, who...

Scottish Parliament: Puppy Trade (Control) (14 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: The cabinet secretary will be aware of the outstanding work that is taking place in Cairnryan involving the Scottish SPCA, the council’s trading standards team, the police, the ferry firms and, indeed, the local community to crack down on the illegal dog trade industry. Will the cabinet secretary ensure that that work is properly resourced by the Scottish Government and that the current...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (14 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: I declare an interest as a councillor in Dumfries and Galloway. As we have heard throughout the debate, all members agree that the result of the EU referendum will have a significant impact on all our communities. My South Scotland constituency is no different. Our internationally trading businesses are left uncertain about whether they will be able to continue to access a meaningful single...

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy Payments (13 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: The cabinet secretary referred to the decision to waive penalties for payments made between 1 July and 15 October. Given that the decision was exceptional, will future penalties for late payment not also be waived? If not, how much will the penalties cost?

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioners (Recruitment) ( 8 Jun 2016)

Colin Smyth: Given that clinics are closing now due to the immediate crisis, that hospitals such as Lockhart hospital in Lanark are not taking new patients, and that it takes several years to train a GP, what action is being taken to deal with the immediate short-term crisis?

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Health ( 7 Jun 2016)

Colin Smyth: For the record, I declare an interest in relation to the debate: when I was elected in May, I was employed by Parkinson’s UK, although that employment has now ceased. I am also a local councillor in Dumfries and Galloway. I, too, offer my congratulations to Shona Robison on her reappointment as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, and I congratulate Aileen Campbell and Maureen Watt on...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Health ( 7 Jun 2016)

Colin Smyth: I accept that, but the Government has provided funding only for six months. My question is whether when summing up the cabinet secretary will clarify whether funding will be provided to joint boards to meet the full cost of the living wage next year and beyond, and not just for a six-month period. The budget pressures on health and social care come at a time when we have a major recruitment...


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