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Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Education (29 Sep 2016)

Graeme Dey: ...but health and wellbeing, thereby joining the dots between the two areas. As Barnardo’s states in its briefing for the debate, “Good mental health is integral to children and young people’s ability to achieve and reach their full potential in education.” We know that there can be a number of contributory factors to poor mental health among young people and I will...

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare Provision (29 Sep 2016)

Tavish Scott: us to get more carers in communities across Scotland. Although the principle of better qualifications is extremely laudable, there is a concern, not just in my local authority but, I am sure, in others, about how that will impact on the ability to recruit to those areas.

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (College Sector Implications) (28 Sep 2016)

Shirley-Anne Somerville: ...visit to the college during the summer recess. I saw at first hand what is going on within the college on employability and I had a chance to speak to EU students while I was there. Of course, our ability to fully assess the different options will be constrained until we start to gain some clarity about what the UK Government is seeking to achieve with Brexit. As I mentioned to the member,...

Scottish Parliament: Local National Health Services (28 Sep 2016)

Anas Sarwar: ...intervention because it is actually very helpful. She is saying that she might support proposals to close services and that the promises that were made before the election were not true. She has the ability to designate the proposed changes as major service changes and call them in, because ultimate responsibility lies with the cabinet secretary. However, instead of doing that, she is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Flags: South Belfast (27 Sep 2016)

Paula Bradshaw: ...flags are displayed as symbols of paramilitary control and to mark territory, which undermines their desire to live in a mixed community and, unfortunately, can have a negative impact on traders' ability to reach out to the whole community. Nevertheless — it is unfortunate that you are leaving, Christopher, because I am coming to the point that you were making. Nevertheless, it is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: BBC Royal Charter and Framework Agreement (27 Sep 2016)

Carál Ní Chuilín: ...about the BBC needing to have a production house here. I tend to disagree with him. I think that one of the successful arguments that we have made is that we have excellent producers and commissioners and the ability to commission programmes here, and, in order for our independent creative industries to thrive, we need to try to support that. The BBC has not exploited the skills and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2016)

Paul Givan: This will be an issue that Members will want to explore in more detail. There are proposals in the Bill by which I will restrict, through legislation and subject to the will of the Assembly, the ability to advertise within 200 metres of premises. We want to make sure that, when supermarkets have areas in their premises that are zoned off for selling alcohol, they are not able to advertise...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Council Leaders: Meeting (27 Sep 2016)

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: ..., so we could influence that. We have good strong local influence over the transport infrastructure. We control the rates and we should have, within our gift, enough powers, resources and ability to make a difference in our council areas. If people want to come up with other ideas, I am happy for them to pursue those, but the things that I am interested in are what will really make a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Relationship and Sexuality Education (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Weir: ...length and will provide that level of independent evaluation. It is important that the relationship in that sense is not so close that there is any question of bias. I have great faith in the ETI's ability to provide that level of inspection. It already does that for RSE and will continue to do that in an effective and professional manner.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2016)

Jonathan Bell: ...caveat — this evidence is available from the NHS — that cannabis will damage your mental health, give you a link to schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses, damage your fertility and your ability to drive.

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Fergus Ewing: less favoured area support scheme payments receiving on average around £12,400 less overall between now and 2020. As well as threatening vital funding for key rural development, Brexit has paralysed the UK ministers’ willingness and ability to address everyday policy matters. First, they have failed to respond to Scotland’s case for the devolution of £190 million...

Scottish Parliament: Feminine Hygiene Products (27 Sep 2016)

Alison Harris: ...a factor, even then. It is ironic that out of the horrors of the first world war came products that would lead to major advances in the field of feminine hygiene. French nurses tending the wounded noticed the great ability of the Curad military bandages to absorb blood and started using them in place of their home-made menstrual rags. The end of the war brought great changes for women; it...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Belfast Manifesto (26 Sep 2016)

Simon Hamilton: ...issues and pressures in respect of elements of their budget. I know that the skills budget has been under pressure in the last number of years. If we are to maintain our primary position and that ability to attract inward investment to grow our economy, we need to focus much of those precious resources on ensuring that the skills of our workforce are in place and that the skills of those...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: NAMA Revelations: Public Confidence (26 Sep 2016)

Stephen Farry: ...with the Finance Committee, and there are serious question marks over its report and the attempted coaching of at least one witness that we are aware of so far. There were, already, wider issues around its ability to ensure that the full range of people appeared before it to give evidence and to ensure that it had that fully rounded process. There is also a point about the willingness of...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments (Digital Mapping System) (22 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: ...will be aware of the importance of getting the mapping system right in order to meet European Union regulations on CAP payments. Audit Scotland’s report in May raised serious concerns about the ability of the information technology system to minimise disallowance. Will he confirm that the mapping system is sufficiently accurate and up to date to ensure that the Scottish Government...

Scottish Parliament: Alzheimer Scotland (Meetings) (22 Sep 2016)

...the implications of Tory cuts that her party is powerless to do anything about. The Labour Party is a complete and utter shambles. Perhaps it should be taking more responsibility for the Tories’ ability to continue to impose cuts on Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Standing Safe Campaign (22 Sep 2016)

Gordon Lindhurst: ...of the University of the West of Scotland. By working with experienced external organisations such as Lanarkshire rape crisis centre and NHS Lanarkshire, the campaign can bring extensive experience and ability with these issues to the university campus. That experience is being used to deliver a number of innovative projects that seek to inform the students. As Margaret Mitchell said,...

Scottish Parliament: Local Taxation (22 Sep 2016)

Murdo Fraser: ...that is well understood and generally accepted, and it is relatively easy to collect. However, it also has its disadvantages. There is no direct link between the size or value of somebody’s property and their ability to pay their tax bills. Single people who live in larger properties will pay much more towards local services than a family of working people who live next door in a...

Scottish Parliament: Events (22 Sep 2016)

Lewis Macdonald: ...strategy to succeed, but that needs ambition, partnership and investment, which must include investment by local authorities empowered by ministers to raise local revenues, set local priorities and fund local investment. That way, everyone has a stake in success, and Scotland’s ability to compete on the world stage can go from strength to strength.

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Tourism) (21 Sep 2016)

Monica Lennon: Scottish Labour would use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to give local authorities the ability to introduce a tourism tax locally should they wish to do so. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the devolution of power to local authorities to allow them to raise revenue from untapped streams would be a welcome boost to Scotland’s tourism industry following the Brexit vote?

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