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Scottish Parliament: Budget 2023-24 (Committees’ Pre-budget Scrutiny) (26 Jan 2023)

Audrey Nicoll: ...third sector charities. It is for those reasons that the committee was concerned to read the resource spending review of May last year, which proposed flat-cash settlements for the years ahead. The Scottish Parliament information centre estimated that that would mean that resource spending in our remit could fall in real terms by £102 million, and that capital spending might also decrease...

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (25 Jan 2023)

Baroness Parminter: ..., is that while Europe is looking at gene editing, it is not looking at animals at all, and it is a major trading partner. The Welsh have opposed this legislation and, if my timing is correct, the Scottish are voting at this very moment to turn it down as well. Therefore, key partners of ours are moving at a slower pace than ours and therefore there is a strong argument for moving at a...

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (25 Jan 2023)

Baroness Parminter: ..., is that while Europe is looking at gene editing, it is not looking at animals at all, and it is a major trading partner. The Welsh have opposed this legislation and, if my timing is correct, the Scottish are voting at this very moment to turn it down as well. Therefore, key partners of ours are moving at a slower pace than ours and therefore there is a strong argument for moving at a...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jan 2023)

Rachael Hamilton: ...“pests” in the lightest sense, in that description. There has, throughout the process, been a lack of evidence to show that using two or more dogs during a rough shoot has any impact on the welfare of rabbits or foxes. We know that gun dogs do not operate in packs—that argument has been made many times throughout the bill’s passage—nor do they chase wild mammals. The process of...

Scottish Parliament: Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill (24 Jan 2023)

Màiri McAllan: It has been a genuine privilege to work on the Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill. I thank all stakeholders with whom I have had extensive engagement, and I thank the Scottish Government bill team, who have worked incredibly hard. I hope that the team will take tonight off, before we get back to grouse moor reform tomorrow. I jest—but in all seriousness, a huge amount of work has been...

Scottish Parliament: Fire Brigades Union DECON Campaign (19 Jan 2023)

Richard Leonard: ...has long been recognised. Go and look at the old trade union banners saying things such as “Shorter hours and longer life”, or “Out of darkness into light”, or “The Hope of Labour is the Welfare of All”. They are a reminder that the trade union movement from its very inception has always organised and campaigned for its members, not just to mitigate the effects of the system...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referundum (10 Jan 2023)

Emma Roddick: In 2014, I got to vote for the first time, somewhat unexpectedly. In a panic, I read every book, blog and briefing that I could find to figure out where my “X” should go. The more I read, the more baffled I was that Scotland has let us go this long being stuck in an archaic system that is designed not to let us make the changes and the progress that we want to make. Since then, I, along...

Road Traffic Collisions Involving Cats — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] (9 Jan 2023)

Patricia Gibson: ...leadership and support from a central Government level in both Scotland and across the UK. I will talk a wee bit later about how Cats Protection provides very important support in that regard. The Scottish Government recommend that all cat owners should microchip their pets, so that they can be reunited with their owners if they are lost or injured, but they have not yet moved towards...

Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Second Reading (9 Jan 2023)

Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke: ...have been remarkably coy. If you want information about this trade deal, go on to the Australian Government’s site and then you will get it. I want to make one very particular point, given my Scottish accent. I want to thank the Australians for the deal done on Scotch whisky. That has suffered from what I used to describe as a nuisance tax, which was introduced to protect Bundaberg rum....

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2023-24 (15 Dec 2022)

John Swinney: I simply point out that those factors need to be considered in this whole process. The Scottish Government budget for 2023-24 takes place in the most turbulent economic and financial context that most people can remember. War is taking place in Europe, which is leading to the suffering and displacement of millions of Ukrainians. As a result of the conflict, energy and fuel prices are surging....

Scotland’s Future (14 Dec 2022)

Ian Murray: It is extraordinary that that is the hon. Gentleman’s intervention. There is no Scottish council where Labour is in coalition with the Conservatives, and SNP Members know that. What upsets them more than anything else is the fact that they threw their toys out of the pram in Edinburgh because they could not get their own leader elected as leader of the council. I am grateful to the Labour...

Scottish Parliament: Health Inequalities (Report) (14 Dec 2022)

David Torrance: ...their families safe and healthy. In the face of inflation that has risen out of control and astronomical energy prices, they are terrified about what the future holds. I will touch on one of the findings from the committee’s inquiry, which urges the Scottish Government to ensure that the impact on inequalities is a primary consideration in the future design and delivery of all public...

Benefit Sanctions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (13 Dec 2022)

Guy Opperman: ..., because there is no such evidence as far as I am aware. The hon. Gentleman also asked about the rise in the numbers. It is right to have a legitimate discussion about what is a fair and effective welfare system that supports people into work and provides value for money for taxpayers. Our work coaches support claimants by setting out the activities to move them into work or to progress...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Seekers (Support) (8 Dec 2022)

Shona Robison: ...that experiences of destitution were widespread among people seeking asylum. Sadly, that situation has not changed. Increasingly, people who have been forced to flee war, persecution and violence find that they must endure prolonged periods of uncertainty and destitution before they can feel properly safe and begin to rebuild their lives. In speaking about the report, members have...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Education System (7 Dec 2022)

Brian Whittle: ...education—a subject that, as many members know, I believe links directly into my previous portfolio: health. I have often said that I think that education is the solution to our health and welfare issues. I have listened to the cabinet secretary and her colleagues, but I have to say that they are hiding from reality. Let us pause and reflect on what teachers tell us that they are having...

Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (5 Dec 2022)

Lisa Cameron: ...and Wallington (Elliot Colburn) on presenting this extremely important debate that was considered by the Petitions Committee. As he rightly said, e-petition 619442, relating to the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, has 107,000 signatures. The UK is a place where the prioritisation of animal welfare is to the fore, no matter which constituency we represent. The hon. Gentleman gave a...

Avian Influenza Outbreak — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (30 Nov 2022)

Steven Bonnar: I take the hon. Lady’s comments on board. I disagree with her comments about compassion; I am very compassionate about animal welfare right across the board, and of course I have compassion for anybody’s constituents in Scotland who are affected by this situation. I will move quickly on. Sadly, more than 100,000 birds have had to be culled at three Scottish farms so far. The National...

Scottish Parliament: Animal Welfare (Winter Support) (30 Nov 2022)

Mairi Gougeon: We are in regular communication with the various charities and organisations, including the Scottish SCPA, the Dogs Trust and Cats Protection, among others, and we meet regularly to discuss a range of welfare issues, including, more recently, the cost of living crisis and its impact on pets as well as livestock. As I said in my response to Audrey Nicoll’s initial question, there are a...

Scottish Parliament: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (29 Nov 2022)

Sarah Boyack: Today, we are again debating the fallout of Brexit, which is a situation entirely of the Tory Government’s own making. I think that we are now on our third Tory Prime Minister seeking to find some sort of benefit from the mess. However, that is achieving only increasing uncertainty for workers and businesses. At the outset of the debate, I want to put on record my frustration that we have...

Scottish Parliament: National Drugs Mission (24 Nov 2022)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: ...an important and urgent issue. The minister knows that I want her to succeed in this matter, and I am grateful to her for the robust exchange that we had at this morning’s committee meeting. The Scottish Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for decades for problem drug use to be treated as a public health issue, largely due to the misconceptions that, unfortunately, still surround the...


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