Results 101–120 of 1123 for speaker:Colin Smyth

Scottish Parliament: Football (14 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: I will come back to the issue of dementia in football when I respond to some of the comments that Michael Marra made, but Kevin Stewart is right that there are many great examples of the memories programme making a difference, including those involving teams such as Queen of the South and Kilmarnock in the south of Scotland. I have visited one of those projects and seen the way that the eyes...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Sector (12 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: I am pleased that Scotland Food & Drink has made the theme of this year’s food and drink fortnight “Discover what’s on your doorstep”. The summer recess has given me a great opportunity to do just that. I have had the privilege of visiting dozens of local producers and processors while, I hope, shining a light on the growing importance of local provenance. I have visited Galloway...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Sector (12 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: When will the draft plan be published? It is 15 months since the bill was passed.

Scottish Parliament: Strategic Transport Projects Review (A75) ( 7 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: The transport review was published in December—years late—and we were told that there would be a delivery plan by spring. Communities in Crocketford and Springholm do not want to hear two Governments bickering over who is going to pay for the bypasses—they want to see them happen. Will the minister give an indication of when she will tell Parliament exactly when work will commence on...

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: A week ago, Scotland’s long-awaited Covid inquiry got under way. We heard, again, tragic stories from families who lost loved ones—more often than not, people who were in later life. It reminded me that, at the height of the pandemic, rarely a day passed when I did not have constituents raising their heartbreaking experiences—not being able to see loved ones in care homes because we...

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: Mr Matheson is the NHS minister in Scotland. What do his constituents think about lying on a trolley in his local hospital because waiting lists have gone up to record levels on his watch?

Scottish Parliament: Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (Public Buildings) ( 5 Sep 2023)

Colin Smyth: I n December 2021, the Government told the Parliament that it would publish in 2022 the schools that would form phase 3 of the learning estate investment programme. It failed to do so. In May, then in June, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills said that there would be an announcement by the summer recess, but she failed to deliver that announcement. How many schools—such as...

Scottish Parliament: New Railway Stations (Dumfries and Galloway) (29 Jun 2023)

Colin Smyth: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to invest in the opening of any new railway stations in Dumfries and Galloway. (S6O-02453)

Scottish Parliament: New Railway Stations (Dumfries and Galloway) (29 Jun 2023)

Colin Smyth: I thank the minister for confirming that the answer is none. After years of hard work and tens of thousands of pounds spent on developing cases to reopen Eastriggs, Thornhill and Beattock stations, encouraged all the way by Transport Scotland, officials there have just confirmed that there was never any chance that those stations would meet the Government’s criteria. To add insult to...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture Bill (Views of Ayrshire Farmers) (21 Jun 2023)

Colin Smyth: On a recent visit to Meinside farm, near Lockerbie, the message from farmers, once again, was that the uncertainty over future funding mechanisms is causing significant concern. When will the agriculture bill be published? Will it provide details of what will be expected of farmers in order to secure that funding in future? The uncertainty about that is a major concern.

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Colin Smyth: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My device did not work, but I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (31 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: Does the minister accept that dentists are aware of all the policy initiatives that she talks about—the fact that payment is continuing until 31 October and that a new payments regime will come into place—but that they are still choosing to withdraw from NHS provision? More than 20,000 patients in Dumfries and Galloway alone have been deregistered from the NHS recently. Why does the...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (30 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: My constituents who live near the border and routinely buy—or, if it is a business, sell—on both sides of that border, often on the same day, are not interested in the constitutional bickering that we have had today.

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (30 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: The lack of clarity—[ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (30 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: The lack of clarity over alignment is a real concern of businesses in my constituency. Perhaps the minister might want to—

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (30 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: If there are any further delays to the Scottish scheme, and the 2025 date for the Welsh and English schemes looms ever closer, at what point does the minister conclude that bringing the schemes in at the same time makes sense when it comes to that alignment, as the Welsh Government has concluded?

Scottish Parliament: Fornethy House Survivors (25 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: Over 30 years, hundreds—maybe even thousands—of little girls who were sent by the state to Fornethy House residential school for care and nurturing were instead subjected to a catalogue of unimaginable mental, physical and, in some cases, sexual abuse. To date, none of the perpetrators of that abuse has been fully brought to justice. Dozens of those little girls, who are now women, are in...

Scottish Parliament: Fornethy House Survivors (25 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: Presiding Officer, I will quote. “I travelled in a black cab to Fornethy from Riddrie, where I lived at the time when I was a wee girl. I was taken in through the big arch door, and as soon as the door closed, that’s when my nightmare began. Six weeks of hell I’ve carried with me all of my life.” Those are the words of my constituent Marion Reid from Carluke, who was sent to Fornethy...

Scottish Parliament: Fornethy House Survivors (25 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: Thank you very much, Presiding Officer. Alex Cole Hamilton has made a very valid point. Time after time, blocks have been put in the way of the women, whether in relation to justice, for acknowledgment or to hear their story. My appeal to the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is that, in the time that we have left, they should leave no stone unturned until those women...

Scottish Parliament: Fornethy House Survivors (25 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: Martin Whitfield makes a valid point. The failure to explicitly include what happened in Fornethy in, for example, the redress scheme, sends a signal that that horrific serial abuse was somehow less serious than other forms of abuse that took place under the so-called care of the state, and that the state was somehow less responsible for it. If a change needs to be made in the redress...


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