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Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (22 Feb 2023)

Colin Smyth: I share those concerns, including that small and medium-sized businesses were not able to participate in the tender process and that many will cease to be in business as a result. We want to work with the Government to make the changes that are needed so that the scheme that is delivered is successful and supports small businesses, because that would be a genuine jobs-first just transition....

Scottish Parliament: Heating in Homes (Decarbonisation) (21 Feb 2023)

Colin Smyth: The WWF report is clear that the Government will fall short of its target for decarbonising a million homes by 20 30. Concerns also remain about the costs to households of making the changes that we need to see happen. Does the minister accept that, if we are serious about achieving a just transition, more needs to be done to ensure that the cost of such changes does not land on the shoulders...

Scottish Parliament: West Coast Main Line (Network Rail Discussions) ( 9 Feb 2023)

Colin Smyth: I hope that, in her representations, the minister will back my calls for TransPennine Express and Avanti West Coast to lose that franchise, which, frankly, is a failed one. Last month, I asked the minister whether the plans to remove peak fares would cover all routes in Scotland. She said yes. Lockerbie might be a ScotRail station but, as we know, the services are provided by TransPennine and...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 ( 2 Feb 2023)

Colin Smyth: This is another budget where the reality has fallen way short of the Government’s rhetoric. The Deputy First Minister repeated today the claim that local government has an extra £550 million to spend, but he failed to say that he has ring fenced almost every single penny of that entirely for central Government commitments. As SNP-led COSLA has said, the actual increase is just £32.8...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 ( 2 Feb 2023)

Colin Smyth: There is no point in having schemes and grants if they are not actually being spent.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 ( 2 Feb 2023)

Colin Smyth: They are not being spent. The Government has just returned £133 million to the budget because those schemes were not actually allocating funding. I know that, for this financial year, the minister has made some changes, which I welcome, but he knows perfectly well that organisations such as the Existing Homes Alliance want him to go a lot further. They want him to ease the restrictions that...

Scottish Parliament: Strategic Transport Projects Review 2 (26 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of his statement. The track record of this Government and cabinet secretary on transport projects is one of overpromising and underdelivering. With the STPR2, the cabinet secretary might surpass himself by underpromising and underdelivering. On new ferries and new trains, we have a strategy that is years late, and there is still no sign of a...

Scottish Parliament: Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill (25 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: The minister is correct to say that the legislative consent memorandum asks us to consider only one discrete aspect of the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill that is currently before the UK Parliament. As the minister said, clause 42 would provide the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with the power to make “supplementary, incidental or consequential...

Scottish Parliament: Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill (25 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I do not know whether Mr Carson wants to make an intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill (25 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I do not know whether Mr Carson is aware that Labour is supporting the bill in the UK Parliament, but we are proposing a number of sensible amendments, which I hope his colleagues there will support. We do not shy away from exploring how we can find ways to maintain and improve the supply, security and safety of our food systems. We also believe in good regulation—that is the key to public...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: Labour does not support the use of dogs below ground to control mammals, in any circumstances. As Ariane Burgess said, the RAINE committee said, in its stage 1 report: “It is not clear ... that the use of dogs at all below ground is compatible with the Bill's pursuit of the highest possible animal welfare standards.” That is because it is not compatible. The proposal in the bill to limit...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: Amendments 60 and 64 in my name would remove providing quarry for falconry as a permitted use of dogs. Falconry creates welfare concerns for both the bird of prey and the animal that is being hunted. The RAINE Committee questioned the inclusion of falconry in its stage 1 report, commenting that it required more information as to “why an exception for falconry has been included in the scope...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: Amendment 22, which is in the name of Edward Mountain, would remove mink from the protection afforded by the bill, and amendments 23 and 24 would remove rabbits from that protection. I fear that those amendments could create a loophole that would allow the unlimited use of dogs to chase and kill rabbits. Control is absolutely deemed necessary in many cases, but I believe that far more humane...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: Amendments 34, 56, 61 and 70 would remove the use of a bird of prey as a permitted method of killing, as it is neither humane nor efficient and there is no more justification for its being a permitted method than there is for using dogs to kill. In its response to the RAINE Committee’s consideration of the bill, the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission said that it was “not aware of any...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I am sure that Finlay Carson would use the same argument about hunting in general. He wants to see dogs being used to kill animals, and I fundamentally disagree with him on that. Alternatives can be used that are far more humane, certainly in the case of shooting, so I disagree with him on that point. As I said, I am grateful for the work that has been done on my amendments to section 3,...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I welcome the Government’s support for my amendments to stop dogs being used to kill an injured wild mammal. The minister has addressed the scenarios that were raised by Finlay Carson and Rachael Hamilton. There is genuine concern that allowing dogs to be used to kill animals in any circumstances could be used as a cover for the use of dogs being dispatched to kill animals in all...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I am not opposed to sport; I am opposed to intolerable animal cruelty. It was probably more than 20 years ago that the Parliament had a debate on whether it was acceptable to use dogs to tear mammals apart. We thought that that issue was settled but, in the eyes of Rachael Hamilton, it seems not to have been. I am disappointed that there was not more support for my other amendments to remove...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: The bill as it stands would allow for a continuation of the use of packs of dogs in hunting under a licence. It therefore fails to fully close the loopholes that exist in the current legislation. The bill should not repeat the mistakes that were made in the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002. It must have animal welfare at its heart and end for good the cruel activity of hunting...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I will take an intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Colin Smyth: I am not entirely clear that that would address the concern that people have. If you use a pack of dogs, the risk of one or more of those dogs chasing the fox is still there. The whole purpose of the bill is to minimise that risk by reducing the number of dogs to two.


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