Results 41–60 of 234 for speaker:Mercedes Villalba

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

Mercedes Villalba: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme ( 6 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The minister will be aware that Sight Scotland has concerns about how blind and partially sighted people will be able to access and take part in the deposit return scheme. Just last week, Sight Scotland received a letter from the minister’s officials, but it failed to address the issues that the organisation has raised. Will the minister take the concerns of Sight Scotland and others...

Scottish Parliament: Active Travel Transformation ( 6 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I associate Labour with members’ comments following the resignation of Kevin Stewart. We wish him well in his recovery. Somewhat belatedly, I welcome the Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights to his role. In his own words, it is “no secret” that he enjoys cycling, and his personal engagement on active travel stretches back to well before he took on his...

Scottish Parliament: Active Travel Transformation ( 6 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I would like to make some progress. We know from research that active travel is associated with a lower likelihood of having diabetes or hypertension. Research also demonstrates positive mental health benefits from active travel. A study based in London found that, compared with commuting by car, walking to work is significantly associated with higher life satisfaction. In fact, commuters who...

Scottish Parliament: Active Travel Transformation ( 6 Jun 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Will the minister clarify whether he is saying that he is unable to support the amendment, which notes the findings in a report, because he does not like the findings?

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (30 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I thank the minister for the advance sight of her statement. The minister will be aware that, on 20 January this year, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced that Wales’s deposit return scheme would include glass bottles and make use of existing kerbside collection. Can she confirm when she last met her counterparts in the Labour Government in Wales, what...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture Policy (25 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: It is clear that we need to make changes to support our agricultural sector. Our current direct payments system is deeply unequal. The top 20 per cent of claimants receive 62 per cent of the direct payments budget, while the bottom 40 per cent receive just 5 per cent. We have heard today how the current direct payments system rewards intensive farming, often incentivising the least...

Scottish Parliament: Just Transition (Offshore Workers) (24 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the energy minister has had with ministerial colleagues regarding the recommendations to the Scottish Government contained in the report, “Our Power: Offshore Workers’ Demands for a Just Energy Transition”. (S6O-02263)

Scottish Parliament: Just Transition (Offshore Workers) (24 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The minister will be aware that a key demand from offshore workers in the “Our Power” report is that the Scottish Government create an offshore training passport that aligns standards across the energy industry. That passport has already been delayed by the Government and, just today, the general secretary of the STUC warned the Government to “get to grips” with the transition. Can...

Scottish Parliament: Sewage Discharges (Monitoring) (18 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Scotland’s natural environment is not just the envy of the world; it is vital to our health. Therefore, it is no surprise that reports of more than 14,000 sewage spills have prompted protests across the country, including one this Saturday in Stonehaven, which is in my region. In December 2021, Scottish Water vowed to increase the number of storm drain monitors to more than 1,000 by the end...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Food Supply (18 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: In their opening remarks, the cabinet secretary and her colleagues laid the blame for harvests rotting on the vine on Brexit and its impacts. It is, to be frank, embarrassing that seven years since that vote the Scottish Government continues to wring its hands instead of rolling up its sleeves and getting to work. Scottish Government ministers know that a country’s economy cannot be based...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Food Supply (18 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: It is telling that the intervention from the SNP back bencher focuses on Westminster politics. It demonstrates that the SNP knows that, at the next election, there is a choice between only two parties and it can continue to support the rotten Tory Government or get behind Labour and give Scotland the Government that it needs. We heard from Rachael Hamilton that our food security issues are...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Food Supply (18 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: It has everything to do with the economy. Mr Mundell’s Party is totally failing in that regard. It does not have to be this way. Many of our producers are leading the way with high nature value farming, conservation grazing and a wide range of measures that will have a positive impact on the local and global environments and the economy. However, the current systems do not reward those...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Food Supply (18 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: We welcome the Scottish Government coming behind Labour on our call for that increase. As I was saying before that intervention, we cannot call ourselves a good food nation until no child in Scotland is hungry and no food banks are needed. That is why Labour is calling for the right to food to be enshrined in law and empowered through the food commission, and why the next Labour Government...

Scottish Parliament: Deaths at Work (Fines) (17 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how many fines have been issued by courts to companies for breaches of health and safety rules, resulting in workers’ deaths, in the last five years. (S6O-02242)

Scottish Parliament: Deaths at Work (Fines) (17 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The Health and Safety Executive found that, of all the United Kingdom nations, Scotland has the highest rate of deaths in the workplace caused by fatal injuries, so it is highly concerning that no cases have been prosecuted in Scotland under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 despite 164 companies having been legally deemed responsible for workers’ deaths. Although...

Scottish Parliament: Disposable Vaping Products (11 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Thanks to the work of local campaigners, in February this year, Dundee City Council supported banning disposable vapes and called for a national ban from the Scottish Government. As there is already local support for such a ban, what consideration has the Scottish Government given to introducing a pilot ban on disposable vapes in Dundee to help to develop a model for a national ban?

Scottish Parliament: Lamlash Bay No-take Zone (10 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The Scottish Government adopted a national marine plan in 2015 to develop a planning system for our seas, in which no-take zones play a part, but the recent Open Seas report, “Ease the Squeeze: Ocean Recovery in Busier Seas”, highlights the Government’s failure to comply with that plan. Therefore, will the Scottish Government commit to creating a cohesive spatial plan for our seas, with...

Scottish Parliament: General Practices (National Health Service Boards) (10 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: A representative of the British Medical Association has said that the closure of Inverurie medical practice in Aberdeenshire means that “no practice is safe” and that the crisis in GP care could lead to the collapse of NHS Scotland. What is the Scottish Government doing to support affected communities until such measures to increase GP numbers take place?

Scottish Parliament: Active Travel Projects (Funding Criteria) ( 4 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The Government’s new “Cycling Framework for Active Travel—A Plan for Everyday Cycling” includes welcome commitments for infrastructure developments. That is an exciting opportunity for new unionised and green public sector job creation. Will the minister confirm how many such jobs the Scottish Government expects the framework to create, and what discussions it has had with trade...

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