Results 21–40 of 306 for speaker:Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Figures suggest that, in Scotland, we use more than double the sustainable limit of materials. To tackle the climate crisis, we must tackle overconsumption and create a circular economy where materials are valued and can be cycled around for as long as possible. However, the current Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill does not go far enough to do that and it seems more like a recycling bill than...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app was not working, either. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Addressing Child Poverty Through Parental Employment (14 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers is paramount in tackling child poverty. Encouraging and supporting parents into employment is a crucial way to ensure that children are lifted above the poverty line. The Scottish Government has paid that far too little attention in recent years, as Carol Mochan rightly pointed out. The consultation process for this...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Scotland Funding (Rein Film Project) (12 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Lammermuir Festival had its funding application turned down by Creative Scotland last year. The grant application was set to make up 23 per cent of the festival’s budget, and its future now hangs in the balance—yet £85,000 is being awarded to this explicit project. What specific measures are in place to monitor and regulate how and why funding is awarded by Creative Scotland and how it...

Scottish Parliament: 2030 Emissions Reduction Target ( 6 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Last year, it was revealed that in 2021, Scotland yet again missed its legally binding target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. I was glad to hear that the Scottish Government has accepted or partially accepted 98 out of 99 recommendations from the Climate Change Committee. Can the cabinet secretary outline exactly what progress the Scottish Government has made on implementing the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Do you agree with me, Stephen, that the debate is, at the same time, a waste of taxpayers’ money? It is not the SNP’s conference in here, is it?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: As Alexander Stewart noted, the latest independence paper shows that the SNP is still wasting time on imagining what it would do had it won the 2014 independence referendum almost 10 years ago. In 2014, the people of Scotland voted democratically to remain in the UK, yet the SNP continues to use precious time in the chamber to bore us, as Willie Rennie and Stephen Kerr rightly put it, with...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I am sorry: I will not be taking interventions, because you guys have had so many debates in the Parliament.

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I have a lot to get through. That would be wasting taxpayers’ money—[ Interruption .] Let me get my points in. You guys have had millions of debates—and there are probably many more to come.

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Those are capabilities that Scotland—

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Sorry.

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I apologise to members. Those are capabilities that Scotland already enjoys as part of the UK. The Scottish Government’s motion talks about Scotland acting “in the interests of its people.” In this increasingly turbulent geopolitical situation, Scotland needs to remain a member of NATO as part of the UK instead of severing those connections and trying to build them again from scratch....

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Foreign Languages) (29 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: L ast Wednesday was international mother language day, which raised awareness of the opportunity to learn foreign languages at school and also of the importance of preserving languages. Will the cabinet secretary provide an update on work to revitalise Gaelic language education in primary and secondary schools?

Scottish Parliament: Culture and Arts (Equality, Opportunity and Community) (28 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I, too, welcome Kaukab Stewart to her new post. Congratulations. The Scottish Government’s programme for government in September 2023 made commitments to renew culture by focusing on empowering communities. What update can the minister give on actions that the Scottish Government has taken since the publication of the programme for government to improve opportunities for community asset...

Scottish Parliament: Palestine and Israel (22 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Since the motion was lodged, the situation in Gaza has worsened significantly. The daily death rate in Gaza is higher than in any other major 21st century conflict. More than 30,000 Palestinians have been killed, including more than 12,300 children, and 69,000 have been injured since 7 October 2023. Those numbers do not include the thousands of people who are still missing under the rubble...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Networks (Discussions with United Kingdom Government) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding actions that can be taken to preserve energy networks following periods of bad weather. (S6O-03055)

Scottish Parliament: Energy Networks (Discussions with United Kingdom Government) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Storm Isha saw thousands across Scotland lose power, with some people not being reconnected for more than a day. That greatly impacted those with disabilities or mobility issues who require electrical equipment to live and complete tasks in their homes. What discussion has the Scottish Government had with the energy networks in Scotland regarding additional help and reimbursement for those...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: A quarter of families in Scotland are now living in poverty, and urgent action is required across a range of areas to protect families from the immediate impact of the cost of living crisis and austerity. Parents need to have a consistent and sufficient income to plan ahead and make decisions for their children. Parental employability funds exist to assist in lifting people out of poverty,...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I want to make progress. The Scottish child payment is a welcome investment in lifting children out of poverty, but there needs to be a more targeted approach to addressing the consequences of a childhood lived below the poverty line. This week, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health has an exhibition in Parliament, and many members will have already visited its stand. The centre’s recent...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I want to make some more progress. The report also emphasises increasing death rates among poorer communities across the country that were made worse by the pandemic and the cost of living crisis. Those inequalities can often be linked back to a childhood below the poverty line, yet we are still seeing budgets for tackling child poverty and social justice reduced. This year alone, those...


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