Results 101–120 of 310 for speaker:Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Parliament: Anti-Racist Curriculum Principles ( 5 Oct 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to implement the anti-racist curriculum principles, which were published in June. (S6O-02612)

Scottish Parliament: Anti-Racist Curriculum Principles ( 5 Oct 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The teaching slavery in schools programme has been designed to support educators who are committed to developing new and sensitive approaches to an inclusive curriculum. Given the goals that were outlined in the curriculum reform principles, can the cabinet secretary advise whether the Scottish Government has considered creating a specific programme for teachers to address Scotland’s...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament Powers ( 3 Oct 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Labour is the party of devolution. We legislated for and enacted it and we will continue to advocate for and protect it when we are next in government. The UK Conservative Government continues to undermine devolution. As many members have outlined, over the past five years, it has repeatedly undermined and discarded the Sewel convention. Unfortunately, the UK Government’s internal market...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament Powers ( 3 Oct 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I think that my colleagues have answered that question. That is something for the incoming Labour Government to look at. Scottish Labour is focused on protecting devolution. However, instead of strengthening devolution, the Scottish Government is doubling down on the politics of division. Many of my colleagues in the chamber today have outlined that Scotland needs two mature Governments that...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament Powers ( 3 Oct 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I want to make some progress.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament Powers ( 3 Oct 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Scottish Labour believes that the interests of the people of Scotland are best served when both the Scottish and UK Governments work together in co-operation. The Scottish Government has continually made relations with the UK Government strained, instead of finding consensus. When the two Governments cannot reach agreement on anything, the people of Scotland are the ones who suffer. With...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament Powers ( 3 Oct 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Yes. A rule that allows for the lowest regularity standard in one Parliament to be the standard of all disregards devolution and the authority of other legislative bodies across the board. Scottish Labour is focused on strengthening devolution and on being the change that Scotland needs: a fresh start.

Scottish Parliament: Outdoor Swimming Sites (Contamination) (28 Sep 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I have previously raised the issue of sewage contamination in Scotland’s water, notably in the Water of Leith in my region, and have asked the Scottish Government for a meeting. In August, the cabinet secretary advised me that she did not think that a meeting would be useful. Given the clear severity of the issue across Scotland, will the cabinet secretary now agree to meet urgently with me?

Scottish Parliament: Network Rail (Meetings) (28 Sep 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Network Rail has previously been open to discussing the potential upgrade of the south suburban line. A train-tram solution would see vehicles running on the south suburban line, then transferring to streets to achieve convenient and more direct access to the city centre. What discussion has the Scottish Government had with Network Rail regarding the train-tram solution? Will it consider...

Scottish Parliament: Online Child Abuse, Grooming and Exploitation (21 Sep 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Schools and local authorities have roles to play in keeping children safe online, but they are struggling with already-stretched budgets. At the same time, Police Scotland is losing police numbers and is having to abandon planned capacity improvements in the force. Does the minister share my concern that the stretched budget of that institution will impact on its ability to keep up with the...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 (20 Sep 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The arts and culture sector suffered immensely during the pandemic and is now suffering once more due to economic pressure, which has seen the sad closure of institutions such as the Edinburgh Filmhouse. Although it is now hoped that the Filmhouse will reopen, the same might not be the case for other venues. Will the Scottish Government outline the support that it plans to give the arts and...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime Strategy (20 Sep 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it can provide an update on how it plans to regularly monitor and evaluate the implementation of its hate crime strategy for Scotland, in the lead-up to the review that is planned for 2028. (S6O-02534)

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime Strategy (20 Sep 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Last week, I asked the First Minister how the Scottish Government ensures that demand for police officers is being suitably met after the number of police officers in Scotland was reduced due to the funding cuts. However, calls to Police Scotland are only increasing. Can the Scottish Government advise what talks it is having with Police Scotland in order to ensure that its officers will be...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Funding) (14 Sep 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Police Scotland recently released a report highlighting that this year’s funding allocation represents a real-terms reduction. As a result, the number of police officers has been reduced to 16,600 in Scotland. At the same time, the number of calls being made to Police Scotland is reportedly only increasing. Can the First Minister advise what action the Scottish Government is taking to...

Scottish Parliament: Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete ( 7 Sep 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: West Lothian Council has been working for several years to identify and address the problem of RAAC in schools in its area. It has now been waiting nine months for an announcement on learning estate investment programme funding to find out whether its bid for a new school in Livingston has been successful. Can the cabinet secretary advise when an announcement will be made on that funding, so...

Scottish Parliament: Orthopaedic Waiting Times (29 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: My constituent Wendy, who has struggled with joint pain for several years now, was finally added to the orthopaedics out-patient waiting list in June 2022. Last month, it was confirmed that she was on the waiting list for a knee replacement. The wait is currently two and a half years, which could take Wendy’s overall waiting time to more than five years. Wendy is in constant pain and her...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Constitution (27 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The debate could have been used to discuss the crisis in our NHS and how children are having to wait months for routine medical tests or to discuss how to help students who are threatened with homelessness because of rising energy costs and housing supply issues. We could have discussed education reform, which is much needed, or local government budget cuts. Instead, we are debating...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Constitution (27 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: No. The SNP has said time and again that devolution is being undermined but, in fact, devolution is being trumped by two Governments that refuse to work together. It is being undermined by the Tories at Westminster and by the SNP here, at Holyrood, refusing to communicate and co-operate. While the two Governments cannot reach agreement, Scotland suffers. The Scottish Government should be...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Constitution (27 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: No. The Scottish Government could be tackling waiting times in the NHS, helping the people of Scotland to pay their bills or addressing social and health inequalities. However, as Willie Rennie mentioned, the SNP does not want to face the hard reality of the issues that people in Scotland face. That is why, as Sharon Dowey pointed out, we often struggle to get ministers to the chamber to...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Constitution (27 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: No—I have a long list to go through. Scotland is not a colony. At the SNP convention at the weekend, Mhairi Black MP referred to Scotland becoming the 63rd country to gain independence from the UK. Such rhetoric followed an SNP MSP commenting in the chamber last year that it was “beyond belief” that a Labour MSP would support a motion celebrating Indian independence but not support...


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