Results 141–160 of 306 for speaker:Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Parliament: Europe Day 2023 and Alignment with European Union Laws ( 9 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: In a written submission for the conference on the future of Europe, the Scottish Government said: “Scotland will maintain alignment where possible and practical with EU legislation, standards, policies and programmes.” It also previously outlined plans to implement a Scottish education exchange programme that would replace the Erasmus programme. Since then, no progress has been made on...

Scottish Parliament: Europe Day 2023 and Alignment with European Union Laws ( 9 May 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: —the Scottish Government cannot deliver a similar scheme for young people in Scotland. When will the minister stop hiding behind the arguments for independence and act to realign Scottish priorities with EU practice to provide Scottish students with a replacement for the Erasmus programme?

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment Scotland (Closed Sites) (26 Apr 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I, too, congratulate the minister on her new role. At the end of last year, the Scottish Government’s budget predicted a fourfold increase in commercial revenue for Historic Environment Scotland. However, at the beginning of this year, 60 Historic Environment Scotland sites remained closed or partially closed to the public. Can the minister advise how Historic Environment Scotland’s...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness Prevention and Housing Supply (26 Apr 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: My casework is currently inundated with constituents experiencing housing issues. Families are stuck on waiting lists for permanent homes. Individuals are stuck in unsuitable temporary accommodation, living with damp, mould, mice and rats. Students are presenting as homeless because they cannot find affordable accommodation where they study. With the appointment of a specific housing...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (26 Apr 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I am not sure whether my vote has been registered. My app is not refreshing.

Scottish Parliament: International Students (Homelessness) (25 Apr 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to a recent report by the National Union of Students Scotland, which stated that more than a fifth of international students in Scotland have experienced homelessness during their studies. (S6T-01335)

Scottish Parliament: International Students (Homelessness) (25 Apr 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I congratulate the minister on his new position. This is international students week, but thousands of students across Scotland are still struggling through the housing crisis without help from the Scottish Government. In my members’ business debate last week, I addressed the huge number of houses that are mould infested and dangerous. Landlords and letting agents are refusing to deal with...

Scottish Parliament: International Students (Homelessness) (25 Apr 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: NUS Scotland’s study also found that 29 per cent of international students have considered leaving their course because of financial difficulties, and, shockingly, that 49 per cent skipped meals due to their financial circumstances. In January, I hosted a round-table event on student housing in the Parliament, where many international students told me that they have faced racism from...

Scottish Parliament: Illegal Migration Bill (25 Apr 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: In closing this afternoon’s debate on behalf of Scottish Labour, I reaffirm our opposition to what is an abhorrent bill. The UK Government’s Illegal Migration Bill paints a picture of irresponsible refugees who seem to delight in travelling to the UK in dangerous small boats. That is simply not the case. Actually, the bill could achieve the opposite of ensuring the safe passage of asylum...

Scottish Parliament: Damp Housing (20 Apr 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I begin by thanking all those who signed the motion and all my colleagues who are present to speak on what is an important issue. As members will be aware, in December 2020, two-year-old Awaab Ishak died from a respiratory condition that was caused by extensive mould in the housing in which he lived, in Rochdale, England. That tragedy is a stark warning of the danger that mould can cause when...

Scottish Parliament: Winchburgh Train Station (29 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 8. To ask the Scottish Government when it next plans to meet with all parties involved in the proposed Winchburgh train station development. (S6O-02086)

Scottish Parliament: Winchburgh Train Station (29 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Winchburgh has been promoted as a commuter town for the city of Edinburgh, and it is forecast to have a population of 13,000 within the next eight years. A train station with a direct link to Edinburgh would provide a public transport link for Winchburgh’s growing population. Currently, with only the possibility of a motorway exit, residents have no choice but to commute by car. A train...

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (Health Inequalities) (28 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to recent reported analysis by Health Equals, which shows that poverty-driven health inequalities are reducing life expectancy among people who live in the most deprived areas. (S6T-01294)

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (Health Inequalities) (28 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: As co-convener of the cross-party group on improving Scotland’s health, and as a member of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee, I am well aware of the disparities in health in Scotland. In 2018, a study showed that a boy born in Muirhouse had a life expectancy 13 years less than that of a boy born in neighbouring Cramond. Analysis from The Health Foundation reported that...

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (Health Inequalities) (28 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Poverty-driven health inequalities are preventing people with diabetes from accessing technological advances in treatment of their condition. That has been highlighted by Diabetes Scotland’s “Diabetes tech can’t wait” campaign. The technology has the potential to change and, indeed, to save the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. It can also reduce serious complications and reduce...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Taxi Drivers (23 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I thank my colleague Pauline McNeill for highlighting this issue in the chamber. The motion highlights the important service that taxi drivers provide to the transport sector. They offer a means of transport to those who are unable to take public transport, as well as a safe route home for those thousands of people who are not comfortable with using public transport either on their own or...

Scottish Parliament: Illegal Migration Bill (22 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The UK Government’s Illegal Immigration Bill will mean that those arriving in the UK via illegal means will not be eligible for asylum claims and they will be detained on arrival in the UK. Dungavel immigration removal centre is Scotland’s only detention centre. It can detain up to 130 men and 12 women. It is likely that there will be a huge increase in the number of people being detained...

Scottish Parliament: Wellbeing Economy (22 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: You can have my microphone, if you want.

Scottish Parliament: Illegal Migration Bill (16 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The UK Government’s Illegal Migration Bill is likely to have a significant impact on migrants and asylum seekers in Scotland. Scotland’s legal profession alone will likely see the number of cases in their case loads skyrocket under the bill’s provisions for removal. Many asylum seekers who have arrived here have risked their lives and arrived with nothing, so it is likely that the legal...

Scottish Parliament: International Long Covid Day (14 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I thank my colleague Jackie Baillie for bringing this important issue to the chamber. Long Covid is not simply a long recovery time from Covid-19, nor is it an occasional feeling of fatigue or sickness following a Covid-19 infection. That is a common misunderstanding. Long Covid is a complex, multisystem, neuroimmune illness that currently has no known cure. A recent ONS survey showed that an...


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