Results 1–20 of 310 for speaker:Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Parliament: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 (23 May 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: On a point of order, convener. I was unable to connect. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Low-emission Zones (23 May 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I have been contacted by many constituents, particularly taxi drivers, whose cars come up as being eligible to drive in low-emission zones when checks are made online. However, when they contact their councils or their taxi offices, they are informed that their cars are, in reality, not eligible. Can the cabinet secretary assure me that the Scottish Government is taking action in order to...

Scottish Parliament: Europe Day 2024 (23 May 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I congratulate Alasdair Allan on bringing the debate to the chamber. As we mark the 74th Europe day, we must never forget why integration was pursued in Europe. In 1950, in the aftermath of the second world war, which caused so much death and destruction, Robert Schuman, the French foreign minister, called for European integration, so that war would become “not merely...

Scottish Parliament: Europe Day 2024 (23 May 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Yes, I would support that but, if we cannot rejoin those programmes, we need to look at other options, such as what Welsh Labour has managed to do with the Taith scheme. Our Government should make that a priority, too. Redoing the Brexit debate will not solve the cost of living crisis, but we can renegotiate the deal to better serve working people. Although Scotland and the United...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Music Teachers (Primary School) (16 May 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: A 2022 national partnership for culture report found that 73 per cent of primary school teachers feel unprepared by their initial teacher education to teach music. The same percentage of primary teachers also reported feeling underresourced to deliver culture as part of the curriculum. In the light of the reduction in the number of music specialists, as highlighted by Miles Briggs, what...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (Urban Community Assets) ( 8 May 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to incorporate the ownership and management of community assets in urban areas into its Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. (S6O-03388)

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (Urban Community Assets) ( 8 May 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: In 2020, after the Heart of Newhaven primary school was closed, a community asset transfer brought the building into public ownership, allowing it to serve its area as a community hub. Local engagement is so important, yet the provisions on community engagement in the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill apply only to holdings that are thousands of hectares. Can the minister advise how the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Unborn Victims of Violence ( 2 May 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: In 2018, the Scottish Parliament passed its Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill. It was said at that time to be landmark legislation and a momentous day for survivors of domestic abuse in Scotland. In that case, we should be proud of the Parliament’s work. However, as the petition and the evidence that we have heard make clear, more work has to be done to support those who are subject to...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Action on Climate Change (Target Removal) ( 2 May 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: To ask the First Minister what recent discussions the Scottish Government has had with environmental groups and communities regarding how it plans to deliver strong action on climate change, following the removal of the 2030 climate target. (S6F-03083)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Action on Climate Change (Target Removal) ( 2 May 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Will the Scottish Government support my colleague Sarah Boyack’s amendments to place the purpose of a circular economy in Scotland in the Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill, and my colleague Monica Lennon’s amendment to put in place a reusable nappy scheme that would represent concrete action to reduce consumption-based carbon emissions in Scotland? Will it also properly fund local...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Local Government Debt ( 1 May 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I recently attended an event hosted by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and discussed the priorities that were set out in its five-year plan in 2022. They include securing sustainable funding, delivering a just transition and supporting the most vulnerable in our communities. Given the financial pressure that is being faced by our councils, can the minister advise what measures...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (25 Apr 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Thank you very much.

Scottish Parliament: Railway Stations (North of Central Belt) (25 Apr 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I congratulate Liam Kerr on bringing this important issue to the chamber. I welcome the Nestrans report. The campaign for new stations in Newtonhill and Cove shows that people across Scotland are crying out for improved rail connections. Rail can do so much for communities; it can provide a vital link for people who live in rural areas. The elderly and people who are not able to...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Workplace Racial Abuse (25 Apr 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Yesterday, I chaired a meeting of campaigners and business representatives on anti-racism in the workplace. I was disappointed to hear that so many people in our businesses and public organisations felt that they were unable to report the racial abuse that they face at work. Can the First Minister outline what measures the Scottish Government is taking to empower people to report racial abuse...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (17 Apr 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: To ask the Scottish Government whether its Land Reform (Scotland) Bill will help protect communities from development on land of public importance. (S6O-03294)

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (17 Apr 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Land in Bathgate that was home to a war memorial and a site where veterans scattered their ashes has been the subject of repeated planning applications, which the council has denied. The developers have repeatedly appealed to the Scottish Government, despite previous appeals for less substantial proposals being rejected. Will the cabinet secretary outline the steps that the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Diabetes Improvement Plan (17 Apr 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: A constituent in Lothian, Stephen, was granted access to an insulin pump after a shocking three years on the waiting list, and there are reports that Lothian waiting times could increase to 10 years by the end of 2024. Waiting times in parts of England for the same technology are 14 months. Will the minister advise what action is being taken to reduce those terrible waiting times?

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Cancelled Operations (17 Apr 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: My constituent, Liz, unfortunately suffered a bad prolapse in 2021. She was told that, as her womb was bearing down on the prolapse, she would need a hysterectomy, the waiting list for which could see Liz wait for up to two years in pain and discomfort for her operation. What urgent action is the Scottish Government taking to reduce those long, painful hysterectomy waiting times?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s International Culture Strategy (16 Apr 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: As we have heard today, Scotland’s culture and creative sectors are world class. As Michelle Thomson said, “we punch well above our weight” when it comes to influence and global recognition, whether in our world-leading festivals and our food and arts sectors. International cultural engagement can bring a world of benefit to Scotland. As Alex...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s International Culture Strategy (16 Apr 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I will in a minute. I have a lot to go through. Today, however, the warm platitudes that the culture sector is given do not reflect the situation on the ground. Last year, the Scotland + Venice project, which facilitates Scotland’s participation in the Venice biennale, had its funding paused by the Scottish Government. The project’s mission statement is that it will ...


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