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Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy Projects (Rural Communities) (14 Jun 2023)

Emma Harper: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how it is ensuring that rural communities, including Dumfries and Galloway, benefit from current and future renewable energy projects. (S6O-02363)

Scottish Parliament: Rural Communities (Objection to Government Policy Proposals) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Emma Harper: ...and I welcome the commitment from the First Minister that no HPMAs will be imposed on communities that vehemently oppose them. However, I want to ensure that the voices of fishers in Dumfries and Galloway are listened to and that their concerns are taken into account. Can the cabinet secretary indicate how communities can make their voices known and ensure that any concerns or objections...

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

Finlay Carson: ...s commitment in 2021-22 to remove fees for all pupils learning a musical instrument, data now shows that 92 per cent of pupils are missing out. Specifically in my constituency and in Dumfries and Galloway, the number of pupils learning a musical instrument has declined by almost 500; in at least one school in the constituency, music is no longer being offered as an in-school subject,...

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

Emma Harper: ....] This is really serious. When we talk about a just transition, we should be clear that the north-east is not the only place that will be affected. I have constituents and friends in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders who work in the oil and gas sector, so a just transition must include the south of Scotland, too. More than that, a just transition means expanding renewable...

Scottish Parliament: Vulnerable Individual with Learning Difficulties ( 1 Jun 2023)

Oliver Mundell: I raise the plight of a vulnerable and deteriorating individual with severe learning difficulties who is in the care of Dumfries and Galloway Council but who has, for complex reasons, ended up trapped in a residential home in the south of England. For over a year, her sister has been desperately trying to get her back home closer to family and, at every turn, social work has deliberately...

Scottish Parliament: UCI Cycling World Championships (Forestry and Land Scotland) (31 May 2023)

Mairi Gougeon: ...of the 2023 UCI cycling world championships is for the event to demonstrate our nation’s natural beauty as well as a warm welcome. We can really look forward to seeing Perthshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Fife and Stirling featuring and showcasing all that Scotland has to offer to an unrivalled world audience. Many events, such as the road races and time trials, will be free to view. I...

Scottish Parliament: Commercial Forestry (Effect on Farming) (31 May 2023)

Emma Harper: I have been contacted by constituents in Dumfries and Galloway who have provided examples of forestry having been planted on prime agricultural land. Given the need to ensure food security in Scotland, and our proud agricultural history, does the cabinet secretary agree that following the right tree in the right place strategy is important? Will she set out whether the Scottish Government is...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (31 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: ...is continuing until 31 October and that a new payments regime will come into place—but that they are still choosing to withdraw from NHS provision? More than 20,000 patients in Dumfries and Galloway alone have been deregistered from the NHS recently. Why does the minister think that that is happening, if the new regime is going to solve the problems?

Scottish Parliament: Hospital at Home Programme (30 May 2023)

Finlay Carson: I appreciate the cabinet secretary giving way. Although many of us appreciate the importance of care at home, areas such as Dumfries and Galloway have a severe lack of nurses and help to deliver that care. There is still a role for cottage hospitals, and their value to communities was recognised by the First Minister in his previous role as the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care. Do...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture Policy (25 May 2023)

Rachael Hamilton: ...to farmers and crofters would send the message that their doing their jobs in producing top-quality, home-grown food for millions of people across the country and abroad is no longer good enough. A Galloway farmer pointed out that that conditionality suits the committees of the clean-fingered climate brigade and the forestry lobby, who are paid not to farm. It suits the new breed of...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Food Supply (18 May 2023)

Emma Harper: ...much research—for instance, the dairy nexus at the Barony campus of Scotland’s Rural College, and vertical farming, which has been mentioned by John Swinney. I know from farmers in Dumfries and Galloway that they are installing on-farm renewable energy production, such as solar panels and wind turbines; that they are minimising the use of petroleum-based fertilisers and pesticides; and...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Mental Health in Rural Communities (11 May 2023)

Emma Harper: I congratulate Rachael Hamilton on securing this debate. It is a really important issue, and Ms Hamilton has highlighted that very well. As an MSP who covers a large rural area—Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders—I am aware of the challenges that rurality can pose for positive mental health, but also of the benefits that it can bring. I am also aware of the increased challenges...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (10 May 2023)

Colin Smyth: ...Annan announced that they were deregistering 2,000 adult NHS patients. That adds to the more than 10,000 NHS patients who have been deregistered with other practices in recent weeks in Dumfries and Galloway. People cannot register with an NHS dentist, and that is a crisis. Why does the minister think that the Government’s actions, including promises of future funding arrangements, are so...

Scottish Parliament: General Practice (Long-term Sustainability) (10 May 2023)

Emma Harper: The cabinet secretary has commented on ScotGEM a couple of times. Does he recognise the positive feedback that I have had from NHS Dumfries and Galloway regarding the programme, which is unique to Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland Bill: Stage 1 (10 May 2023)

Emma Harper: ..., with powers to require that information be shared in order to ensure that every investigation is fully informed. I believe that the remit of the PSC is directly relevant to issues in Dumfries and Galloway, in my South Scotland region, that I have been raising as a result of my work with constituents. I believe that the PSC could play a part in specific aspects, including a focus on...

Branded Medicines Voluntary Scheme and the Life Sciences Vision ( 3 May 2023)

Daniel Zeichner: ...all-party parliamentary group for life sciences for a number of years, and I am grateful to a number of key players in the sector, including Steve Bates of the Bioindustry Association and Leslie Galloway of the Ethical Medicines Industry Group, for their advice in advance of the debate. Over many months in my part of the world, I have been hearing from a range of people in the sector about...

Scottish Parliament: Highly Protected Marine Areas ( 3 May 2023)

Finlay Carson: ...the cabinet secretary explains what “HMPA” means. It is obvious that c hanging direction is not unusual for the SNP, because it has had more changes of direction than the wind off the Mull of Galloway. One thing is certain: the SNP-Green alliance will not be satisfied until even guddling in rock pools is prohibited. Karen Adam, Emma Harper and—before her pay rise—Jenni Minto have...

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness ( 2 May 2023)

Emma Harper: ...and projects working on the ground to bring people together and build connections in communities throughout the country. There are a number of organisations working across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders that meet those aims. Change Mental Health—formerly Support in Mind Scotland—has bases in Stranraer, Dumfries and Castle Douglas. I have visited two of them already with...

Scottish Parliament: Community-led Housing Supporting a Sustainable Future (27 Apr 2023)

Evelyn Tweed: ...reflects “an indifference to smaller scale community ownership”. At the same time, however, the regulator has presided over the failure of Scotland’s second-largest landlord, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership, which owned 12,000 properties. Following serious Government failings, DGHP concluded that it could not continue as an independent organisation and joined the Wheatley...

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

Emma Harper: ...settled housing, and local authorities have now provided more than 1,000 housing first tenancies across Scotland. However, we have particular challenges in rural Scotland, including in Dumfries and Galloway in my South Scotland region. I will pick up on the rural aspects that the minister mentioned in his opening remarks. Good-quality housing is essential to attract and retain people in...


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