Results 121–140 of 1123 for speaker:Colin Smyth

Scottish Parliament: Community-owned Energy Generation (24 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to expand community-owned energy. (S6O-02264)

Scottish Parliament: Community-owned Energy Generation (24 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: The Government’s “Draft Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan” has a target of 2GW of community-owned energy generation by 2030, as the minister has mentioned, but a clear route map and the actions to deliver on that target are missing. The Scottish Co-operative Party has set out 11 recommendations to double community energy from creating a new ring-fenced Scottish National...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (10 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: Last week, dental practices in Langholm and Annan announced that they were deregistering 2,000 adult NHS patients. That adds to the more than 10,000 NHS patients who have been deregistered with other practices in recent weeks in Dumfries and Galloway. People cannot register with an NHS dentist, and that is a crisis. Why does the minister think that the Government’s actions, including...

Scottish Parliament: Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland Bill: Stage 1 (10 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: I add my thanks to the members and clerks of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee for the work that they did on the stage 1 report and to everyone who took the time to give evidence to the committee to shape that report. It is clear from reading the evidence to the committee that there is widespread support for the establishment of a patient safety commissioner. Crucially, the...

Scottish Parliament: Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland Bill: Stage 1 (10 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: Absolutely. He has been working on that and many other issues in our rural communities. Concerns that patients have raised about the lack of services in areas have just not been tackled. In this case, that means that patients from the region have to travel to Edinburgh for specialist cancer care and not Glasgow, which is far closer for residents in the west. As Emma Harper highlighted, the...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time ( 2 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Learning Estate Investment Programme (27 Apr 2023)

Colin Smyth: 1. To ask the Scottish Government for what reason there has been a delay in announcing the projects that will form phase 3 of the learning estate investment programme. (S6O-02148)

Scottish Parliament: Learning Estate Investment Programme (27 Apr 2023)

Colin Smyth: I do not think that I heard an explanation for the delays. On 22 December 2021, the Scottish Government told Parliament that the projects that will form phase 3 will be announced “within ...12 months” but, 16 months on, we are no further forward. I hope that, this time, the Government will stick to its new timetable, because the consequences of those delays are that projects such as...

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (Older People) (20 Apr 2023)

Colin Smyth: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recent report by Independent Age, which states that one in seven people in Scotland over the state pension age live in poverty. (S6O-02122)

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (Older People) (20 Apr 2023)

Colin Smyth: I thank the minister for her answer and wish her well in her new role. Too often, there is a misconception that older people are well off. However, the minister will know that the number of people in later life who are living in poverty in Scotland has risen by 25 per cent since 2012. Therefore, as well as looking at more immediate action to combat that rise in poverty, I ask the minister...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (20 Apr 2023)

Colin Smyth: As the gap between any Scottish scheme and one in the rest of the UK continues to narrow, will the minister use the next 10 months to seek to ensure that any Scottish scheme aligns as closely as possible with other schemes in the UK in areas such as labelling and product size exemptions, because my South Scotland constituents on the border who routinely purchase products on either side of the...

Scottish Parliament: University Hospital Ayr (19 Apr 2023)

Colin Smyth: The A and E target at Ayr hospital has not been met for two years; delayed discharge in South Ayrshire has almost doubled in the past year; and NHS Ayrshire and Arran has reported capacity levels of 100 per cent at Ayr hospital. Will the cabinet secretary accept that those cuts in bed numbers are nothing to do with a lack of demand or need, but are due to a lack of funding? NHS Ayrshire and...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (18 Apr 2023)

Colin Smyth: In a letter last week to the First Minister, the Campaign for Pubs spoke for the many small producers in my region when it said: “DRS exists in many jurisdictions and is the right policy for our time, but couldn’t be realised in a worse manner than the Scottish proposed scheme ... The few winners ... appear to be large industrial drinks producers and one large recycling company, who are...

Scottish Parliament: Climate and Nature Emergencies (30 Mar 2023)

Colin Smyth: The First Minister has been part of a Government that, as the Climate Change Committee has pointed out, has missed seven of 11 of our legal climate targets, including being minister for the portfolio area that is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases, which is transport, at a time when—to coin a phrase—the trains did not run. Why has the Government of which he has been a minister for...

Scottish Parliament: Re-opening of Railway Stations (Dumfriesshire) (29 Mar 2023)

Colin Smyth: Does the minister not accept the real frustration of communities, which were told that new stations would be part of STPR2 and then were told that they would not be? It is not clear to me why there has been a delay in taking forward projects for new stations if they were never going to be strategic projects as part of STPR2. The minister has said that the Scottish transport appraisal guidance...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (23 Mar 2023)

Colin Smyth: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the reported exodus of dentists from NHS dentistry. (S6O-02056)

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (23 Mar 2023)

Colin Smyth: The minister referred to confidence, but she will know from the crisis in Dumfries and Galloway that the reality is that no one can currently register with an NHS dentist. Practices in Dumfries, Annan, Castle Douglas and Thornhill have deregistered 20,000 patients. Crucially, half of those who are registered have not seen an NHS dentist for more than two years. Given that the research from...

Scottish Parliament: IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (23 Mar 2023)

Colin Smyth: The IPCC report is the starkest warning yet that, while our world leaders fiddle, the world burns, and that we are not on track to hold global warming at 1.5°C. Does the First Minister accept that, as she leaves office, Scotland is also failing to meet our climate targets? As the Climate Change Committee warns, Scotland is missing so many of those targets that they are “in danger of...

Scottish Parliament: Circularity Scotland (Chief Executive’s Salary) (21 Mar 2023)

Colin Smyth: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether it is appropriate for the chief executive of Circularity Scotland to be paid a reported annual salary of £300,000. (S6T-01276)

Scottish Parliament: Circularity Scotland (Chief Executive’s Salary) (21 Mar 2023)

Colin Smyth: The minister said that the scheme is business led, but let us be clear: it is being big business led at the moment. Only big businesses can become individual members of Circularity Scotland, and it would appear that only big businesses such as Biffa can get contracts for collecting bottles. Let us also be clear that it was the minister who approved Circularity Scotland. It was not businesses...


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