Results 181–200 of 306 for speaker:Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Parliament: YAG Laser Capsulotomy Treatment (Waiting Times) (22 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: I would like to raise with the First Minister the case of a constituent who has contacted me after being told that the waiting list for a YAG laser capsulotomy treatment can be as long as 70 weeks. That constituent is going blind, struggling to care for disabled children and having difficulty sleeping because he needs the procedure. I have already raised the matter with the Cabinet Secretary...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Workers (Support) (22 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what specific measures are being taken to support social care workers during the cost of living crisis. (S6O-01722)

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Workers (Support) (22 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: I thank the minister for that answer, but does he agree with me that, this winter, the situation facing social care workers—who have, for too long, been underpaid and undervalued in our society—is another example of why they cannot afford to wait for a national care service before they see real improvement in their working conditions?

Scottish Parliament: Digital Economy (Support) (14 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: Yesterday, the BBC reported a slowdown in recruitment in the games sector in Scotland as it responds to the cost of living crisis and economic uncertainty. Given Scotland’s historic place in the industry, has the minister had discussions with the sector about the support that it needs to continue growing and realise its full economic potential?

Scottish Parliament: Health Inequalities (Report) (14 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: I pay tribute to the committee members and staff for their work in producing the report, which covers a very wide range of issues across Scottish society, under the umbrella of health inequalities. I also thank the witnesses who gave evidence to the committee, to allow it to develop the report on such an important subject. I will focus my attention on the very welcome recommendation from the...

Scottish Parliament: Homeless People (Winter Access to Housing) (13 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: 1. To ask the Scottish Government, after Scotland experienced its coldest night of the year with temperatures as low as minus 15.6°C, what action it is taking to ensure that homeless individuals have access to safe, warm housing during this winter period. (S6T-01046)

Scottish Parliament: Homeless People (Winter Access to Housing) (13 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: National Records of Scotland recently released statistics that showed that 250 homeless individuals died in Scotland last year. Ahead of the Scottish budget on Thursday, what assessment has the Scottish Government made of the impact of on-going cuts to councils’ budgets on their ability to provide services that aim to alleviate those tragedies?

Scottish Parliament: Homeless People (Winter Access to Housing) (13 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: The Scottish Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic included accommodating in hotels and other single-room accommodation people who had been sleeping rough. Under its “Ending Homelessness Together” action plan, will the Scottish Government make similar provision for weather crises such as cold spells, and prioritise the transition to settled accommodation after such crises?

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Mould) ( 8 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: The First Minister will be aware of the tragic death of Awaab Ishak in Rochdale due to mouldy housing. Currently, I have constituents contacting me with concerns about issues with mould in substandard temporary housing that could cause a similar threat to human life, with small children being particularly at risk. The issue seems alarmingly common across local authority boundaries in a...

Scottish Parliament: International Human Rights Days ( 8 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: It is a pleasure to close the debate for Scottish Labour. Much has been said in the debate on which my party can agree. As has been mentioned, 10 December is the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. My colleague Pam Duncan-Glancy has already highlighted the themes of dignity, freedom and justice for all, and noted how those are...

Scottish Parliament: International Human Rights Days ( 8 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: That is a debate for another day, but, in my view, we need to treat everyone equally. Rachael Hamilton highlighted some of the human rights abuses around the world, but when even the British Government starts ignoring international law that it does not like and it starts tinkering with treaties and saying that some rights are more universal than others, what example does that set? The Tories...

Scottish Parliament: Cinemas and Edinburgh Film Festival (Closures) ( 7 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on any progress that has been made in finding a solution to save the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen and the Edinburgh Filmhouse and Edinburgh International Film Festival from permanent closure. (S6O-01644)

Scottish Parliament: Cinemas and Edinburgh Film Festival (Closures) ( 7 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: I appreciate all the efforts that have been made through various avenues to find solutions to the problem for Edinburgh Filmhouse, in particular, but its closure illustrates that the culture sector faces a much wider problem. The perfect storm that the sector faces this winter means that significant parts of Scotland’s cultural landscape are in danger of being lost—perhaps permanently. As...

Scottish Parliament: COP27 Outcomes ( 6 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: I am grateful for the opportunity to reflect on the cause of climate justice, the legacy of COP26 and the discussions that have recently taken place at COP27 in Egypt. At COP26 in Glasgow last year, I was glad to be able to meet with many representatives and delegations from around the world. I had a fruitful discussion with the Bangladeshi delegation about the challenges that Bangladesh...

Scottish Parliament: COP27 Outcomes ( 6 Dec 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Room for Contemplation (Access during Recess) (24 Nov 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: 5. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether provision can be made for access to the room for contemplation for evening events held during recess. (S6O-01572)

Scottish Parliament: Room for Contemplation (Access during Recess) (24 Nov 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: When I hosted an event for faith groups during the October recess, attendees were forced to pray in the reception, as they were not able to access the room for contemplation. I understand that parliamentary opening hours are curtailed during recess but, as long as members are able to host events that extend outside those hours, surely it makes sense to allow members and their guests to have...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Role of Hydrogen) (24 Nov 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: At First Minister’s question time, the First Minister said in reply to my colleague Martin Whitfield that the Scottish Government would focus on the growth of both hydrogen and green hydrogen as part of Scotland’s renewable energy mix. Given that the Friends of the Earth Scotland report highlights problems with hydrogen and green hydrogen, can the Scottish Government assure me that its...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Devolution) (17 Nov 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: It is a pleasure to close the debate for Scottish Labour. I thank the committee and staff for the work that has gone into the report, which is on a complex subject. I also thank the people who gave evidence to the committee to allow the report to be produced for the Parliament’s benefit; their contributions are much appreciated. We have heard from my colleague Sarah Boyack about how the...

Scottish Parliament: Winter Festivals Fund (16 Nov 2022)

Foysol Choudhury: We have seen the closure of Edinburgh Filmhouse and the loss of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The current economic crisis is affecting Scotland’s cultural landscape, and the withdrawal of this year’s winter festival fund will only intensify the problem for the cultural sector. What good does it do for the cabinet secretary to be flying around the world promoting Scottish...


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