Results 121–140 of 306 for speaker:Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Parliament: Car Wash Licensing Scheme (Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery) (15 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: In February this year, the Minister for Community Safety confirmed that the car wash sector was high risk for labour exploitation. The minister also confirmed that 39 premises were attended by police across the country and that a number of offences were detected, and persons safeguarded. In light of that, will the First Minister advise whether the Scottish Government would consider...

Scottish Parliament: River Water Quality Testing (North-east Scotland) (15 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: A recent Marine Conservation Society report noted that only 4 per cent of Scotland’s sewage discharge points are monitored. The overspilling of sewage and recent heavy rainfall have left water in Leith being potentially dangerous. Residents have no idea what impact that is having on their health or their environment. Will the cabinet secretary commit to having the water in Leith tested by a...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2023-24 (Sport and Leisure Facilities) (14 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of the 2023-24 budget on the ability of local authorities to keep sport and leisure facilities open to the public. (S6O-02365)

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2023-24 (Sport and Leisure Facilities) (14 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The reduction in local government budgets has forced pools and leisure centres to pass on the increases in their running costs to the clubs and customers who use them. We cannot allow swimming pools to become unaffordable and let involvement in and enthusiasm for Scotland’s highest-participation sports decline. Recently, the United Kingdom Government announced a £63 million fund...

Scottish Parliament: Late-diagnosed Deaf Children (Lothian) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Families in Lothian placed their trust in a service that was there to assist and help them. Instead, they were failed by that service. I have read some difficult accounts of children who were eligible for a cochlear implant—a technology that allows deaf children to hear for the very first time—but who, due to a late diagnosis, were too old or no longer eligible for that potentially...

Scottish Parliament: Skills-based Apprenticeships ( 8 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to fund traditional skills-based apprenticeships that lead to professional qualifications. (S6O-02344)

Scottish Parliament: Skills-based Apprenticeships ( 8 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Courses in skills-based labour make a positive contribution to industrial recruitment. A recent report that was published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that the biggest gaps in recruitment are in technical, vocational and specialist skills. It also found that bringing employers and the education system closer together can result in benefits for young people as...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Opera (Orchestra) ( 7 Jun 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Instrumental music tuition has been drastically reduced by some councils so that they can keep up with budget cuts, which means that thousands of children in Scotland might not have the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument at school. What assessment has the Scottish Government made of the impact of that on the ability of the industry to continue to recruit young musicians?

Scottish Parliament: Education (National Discussion) (31 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I am glad that the Scottish Government is finally taking charge of the future of education in Scotland. Our education sector has been wrecked by 16 years of SNP failure. The SNP has failed to support teachers and pupils with additional support needs, and it has failed to update an outdated and narrowing curriculum.

Scottish Parliament: Education (National Discussion) (31 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I have a lot to get through. As some of my colleagues have pointed out, the number of teachers has fallen over the past 16 years—since 2007, the number has fallen by 907. The Scottish Government has not yet delivered on its promise to hire 3,500 teachers and pupil support assistants, which is putting a strain on teachers and pupils and is having a negative impact on class sizes. Teachers...

Scottish Parliament: Sudanese Community in Scotland (Support) (25 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The situation in Sudan is not improving. Almost 1 million people have been displaced just one month into the conflict, and neighbouring countries are already overwhelmed with refugees. What discussions has the Scottish Government had with the UK Government about the possible influx of refugees coming from Sudan if the conflict continues indefinitely?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Connections Framework (23 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: We welcome the Scottish connections framework and the picture that it paints of Scotland as a global nation. However, the UK and Scottish Governments should work together to maximise the opportunities that the diaspora network can bring. Much more could be achieved if the Scottish and UK Governments worked together to promote Scotland internationally. The failure of the Tories and the SNP to...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Connections Framework (23 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Much can be done rather than just talking about independence and moving away from the United Kingdom.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Connections Framework (23 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I thank Martin Whitfield for the intervention. The framework commits the Scottish Government to working with the UK and other devolved Governments to utilise the UK’s full diplomatic footprint to achieve its aims.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Connections Framework (23 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I will continue. I have a lot to get through. A UK Labour Government would ensure that it used all means to help boost Scotland’s international standing to create jobs and opportunities at home and abroad. I hope that the Scottish Government sticks to its commitment to work with all Governments in the UK to make that happen. As my colleague Neil Bibby mentioned, the Scottish Government’s...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Connections Framework (23 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I agree and, as I said, withdrawing from such programmes can damage relationships. An estimated 15,000 participants from Wales will take part in the Taith scheme by the end of August 2026. The Scottish Government must implement an international educational exchange programme now to ensure that Scotland stays visible and connected in terms of education. My colleague Maurice Golden spoke about...

Scottish Parliament: Modern Apprenticeships (Motherwell and Wishaw) (18 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Outside Parliament today, there is a construction and traditional skills demonstration, with young people from the industry delivering mini master classes to school pupils. I spoke with students who emphasised the importance of industry-based courses at colleges and universities across Scotland. They highlighted how important skills-based labour courses are to our heritage sector and how...

Scottish Parliament: Arts Sector (Support) (17 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the culture and arts sector hard. Cherished and well-respected arts venues such as the Filmhouse in Edinburgh have been forced to close. Other venues such as Leith theatre are in disrepair due to a lack of support and funding. What funding can be allocated to such struggling venues to avoid Scotland’s valued arts venues closing for good?

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Crisis (17 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Scotland’s mental health crisis has reached breaking point. Currently, more than 30,000 people are on a waiting list for mental health support; mental health-related calls to NHS 24 are seven times higher now than in 2019; and, in the past two years, more than 4,000 patients have waited over a year before they have even been allocated their first appointment. That is unacceptable. Covid-19...

Scottish Parliament: Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (11 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Before I begin, I would like to declare an interest: I am chair of the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council—ELREC. The Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill aims to update the current charity law in Scotland, and Scottish Labour welcomes this much-needed update. As many of my colleagues have already mentioned, the bill will pass more power into the hands of...

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