Results 281–300 of 310 for speaker:Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Parliament: Rural Healthcare Services (15 Dec 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: Cabinet secretary, a large number of my constituents have contacted me to say that they have still not received their Covid-19 booster shot, despite being over 75 years of age. There is also a clear lack of availability of appointments in my region, with many people also unable to book online for their flu shot. Many of my constituents in the Lothians want to celebrate Christmas with their...

Scottish Parliament: Culture ( 9 Dec 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: I thank the minister for advance sight of her statement. More access to funding is crucial for small and community-based organisations, as countless bodies are still struggling to recover from the impact of Covid-19. Many small community organisations still face barriers to unlocking their full potential as the driving force of our culture sector. The complexities and delays in the...

Scottish Parliament: Ventilation in Schools (Funding) (25 Nov 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it has issued related to the funding of ventilation in schools. (S6O-00446)

Scottish Parliament: Ventilation in Schools (Funding) (25 Nov 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: I thank the cabinet secretary for her answer. Will the Government publish the inspection criteria used to confirm whether classrooms have adequate ventilation?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 and Flu Vaccinations (25 Nov 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: Several of my Lothian constituents have written to me to complain about the Covid-19 booster and flu vaccination roll-out. One constituent who wrote to me said: “I have been on the NHS website to try and book a flu and Covid booster jag but there are no appointments in either Armadale, Bathgate or Livingston for the foreseeable future. Can you help?” Will the First Minister help my...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Recovery (Aberdeen Cultural Sector) (25 Nov 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: What extra financial support will be given to support small theatres in Aberdeen and in my home city of Edinburgh, which have been devastated during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (International Development Support) (23 Nov 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: I thank the minister for her statement. She will know that many nations in Africa are still way behind with vaccination. Some have vaccinated only 5 per cent of their population. Access remains a barrier and is proving to be of great difficulty in the speeding up of vaccinations. How much of Scotland’s vaccine supply has been delivered to Malawi, and what plans are there for bolstering supplies?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Bus Travel) (17 Nov 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to encourage the public to travel by bus, in light of reports that the recent Transport Scotland Covid-19 transport trends indicate that concessionary bus travel is down by 35 per cent on pre-pandemic levels. (S6O-00380)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Bus Travel) (17 Nov 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: Pre-pandemic Scottish Government analysis showed that Scottish bus passenger numbers were falling by an average of 10 per cent per year, yet on Lothian Buses services, passenger numbers had remained constant. Given the success of that mutual ownership model, is the Scottish Government prepared to give local authorities the resources that are provided for in the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019,...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Public Sector Workers) (10 Nov 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to allocate additional funding in its forthcoming budget to provide pay increases for front-line public sector workers. (S6O-00345)

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Public Sector Workers) (10 Nov 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: The pandemic has demonstrated the true value of social care, despite the low pay that is endemic throughout the sector. Social care workers have been at the forefront of caring for and protecting our loved ones who have been most vulnerable to Covid-19. Will the Government show that it is serious about investing in social care by delivering an immediate uplift to £12 per hour for social care...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits ( 4 Nov 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: It gives me great pleasure to speak in today’s debate. The devolution of welfare powers gives us the chance to shape the kind of society that we want to be, and to restore dignity and respect to the heart of the social security system. However, we now know that the delay on the SNP’s part has only halted progress and has potentially affected benefit take-up in Scotland. Covid-19 has hit...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 7 Oct 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: On a point of order. I had connection issues as well. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Underemployment ( 6 Oct 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the reported increase in underemployment. (S6O-00243)

Scottish Parliament: Underemployment ( 6 Oct 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: According to the annual population survey, which was published last week, underemployment has increased in 22 local authority areas, and as many as 219,100 people are underemployed across Scotland. The city of Edinburgh faces one of the largest increases across the year. Underutilisation in our labour market will stop Scotland’s economic recovery. Underemployment normally rises in...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the World ( 6 Oct 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: I support the amendment in Alex Rowley’s name. There can be no doubt that Scotland has a proud record to look back on. Since 2005, successive Scottish Governments have, through a specific international development fund, built a development programme to support and empower partner countries, including Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and Pakistan. We have seen that programme contribute to progress...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the World ( 6 Oct 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: Presiding Officer, “Police Scotland should halt its Sri Lanka training program until the Sri Lankan government and police demonstrate a willingness to reform”. That is a direct quote from Yasmine Ahmed, the UK director of Human Rights Watch.

Scottish Parliament: Afghan Refugees (30 Sep 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: The cabinet secretary will know that hundreds of thousands of Afghans are fleeing from persecution and more than two decades of war. Scotland must play its part in helping to resettle them. What provisions has the Scottish Government made to ensure that councils have the funding to provide the new infrastructure to resettle refugees and help them to make the most of their new lives here?

Scottish Parliament: Autumn and Winter Vaccination Programme (30 Sep 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: The pandemic has clearly shown the inequalities that our communities still face. One of those is inequality of internet access. The Scottish Government’s vaccination strategy is clear in its push for online bookings, but the cabinet secretary knows that many of our constituents are still unable to gain internet access, either at home or at their local libraries. That is a real issue,...

Scottish Parliament: Community Jobs Scotland (16 Sep 2021)

Foysol Choudhury: I commend my colleague Miles Briggs for securing the debate and I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in it. The significant contribution that the SCVO community jobs Scotland scheme has made to the lives of so many young people over the past 10 years cannot be overestimated. It has been an honour to learn more about some of the successful case studies that have been brought to...


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