Results 21–40 of 234 for speaker:Mercedes Villalba

Scottish Parliament: Single-use Vapes (Environmental Impact) (14 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I begin as other members have by congratulating Gillian Mackay on securing this members’ business debate on the environmental impacts of single-use vapes and on the work that she and her team have done to raise the issue in Parliament. As members of the Scottish Parliament, we are in a unique position to use our platform to amplify the work of campaigners across the country. I therefore...

Scottish Parliament: Single-use Vapes (Environmental Impact) (14 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Okay. Twenty-six councils now support a ban, along with a range of organisations, so—

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Land Reform Bill (13 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Trump International golf links in Aberdeenshire has long faced opposition from local residents who are concerned about the social and environmental impact of the development. Under the Government’s current land reform proposals, a 560-hectare holding such as Trump International would not be considered “large” and so would not be subject to a public interest test. Does the cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Offshore Training Passport ( 7 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on the development of an offshore training passport, as funded by the just transition fund. (S6O-02476)

Scottish Parliament: Offshore Training Passport ( 7 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The passport is due to be rolled out later this month, but offshore trade unions—in particular, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers—remain concerned that their members will end up continuing to pay a price if their qualifications are not recognised by developers and contractors in the offshore wind sector. Will the minister guarantee that all developers of wind...

Scottish Parliament: Highly Protected Marine Areas (29 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The status quo in Scotland’s waters is not working. Last week, the Court of Session ruled that ministers unlawfully ignored the national marine plan when deciding on fishing licence policies and, after today’s statement, it is clear that we are still no closer to a coherent marine spatial planning process. In the meantime, our waters and everyone and everything that relies on them are...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (28 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app would not connect. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Deconcentrating Land Ownership (22 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I begin by thanking all the members who signed my motion, which allowed it to be debated today. It is no surprise that not a single Tory MSP signed the motion, so it will come as no surprise to them that I will not be taking interventions from the landed Tory gentry on those benches. It could not be a more important time for Parliament to have this debate. The high concentration of so much...

Scottish Parliament: Deconcentrating Land Ownership (22 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Land Assembly Powers (Public Bodies) (21 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The Bute house agreement also refers to applying a public interest test to transfers of large-scale landholdings, but very few large landholdings are transferred in Scotland each year. Does the minister agree that waiting for all large landholdings to be transferred will take decades and that we need a public interest test that applies to existing holdings?

Scottish Parliament: Water Shortages (20 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Last June, the Scottish Government announced that it would invest in a pilot programme with Aberdeenshire Council to bring more properties on to mains water supplies. Around 50,000 properties are served by private supplies, often in remote and rural communities, which are more vulnerable to water shortages year on year. Will the cabinet secretary share the progress that has been made on the...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2021 (20 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The largest source of Scottish greenhouse gas emissions is again domestic transport, so it is welcome that, last summer, the Scottish Government finally released new powers under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 to enable new publicly owned bus companies to be established for the first time since Tory bus deregulation in 1986. Transport emissions will not change unless we change who owns our...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2021 (20 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: —it is estimated that the total cost of franchising is £135 million. The Scottish Government’s community bus fund is just £1 million—

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2021 (20 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Will the cabinet secretary be honest about her intentions? Does she want our buses to be brought back into public ownership? If so, what funding will she add to the community bus fund?

Scottish Parliament: Just Transition Plan for Energy (15 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Offshore trade unions, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers and Unite the union are working with the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation, environmental organisations and others on the introduction of a much-needed offshore training passport to provide a clear pathway for oil and gas workers to transition into renewables. The Minister for Energy and the...

Scottish Parliament: Peace Institute ( 7 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its progress in establishing a peace institute by the end of 2022, as set out in its 2021-22 programme for government. (S6O-02330)

Scottish Parliament: Peace Institute ( 7 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The Scottish Government’s commitment to establishing the peace institute was that it would have a focus on human rights, yet Scotland’s police force, Police Scotland, signed a training agreement with Colombia in 2020. Colombian police subsequently killed more than 40 people during protests in 2021 and detained hundreds of young people on spurious charges—many of them remain in prison....

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme ( 7 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The minister has just described the UK Government’s approach as an “act of sabotage”, but it is this Government that is cancelling the scheme after spending £218 million—[ Interruption .] Yes, the Scottish Government has spent £218 million—it is there in black and white on the Scottish Government’s website—[ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme ( 7 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: —with no proposed alternative to meet its target of recycling 70 per cent of waste by 2025. Will the minister be honest with the public and take some responsibility for the fact that the SNP and the First Minister himself sabotaged the scheme by repeatedly talking it down during their bitter leadership contest? [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 7 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Will the minister take an intervention on that point?


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