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Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (25 May 2017)

...other circumstances, but that does not mean that their lives are any less valuable or that we do not have a responsibility, in working with others, to try to make things better for other children. The ability of countries to share intelligence confidentially and securely is one of the things that help to keep us safe. The importance of that, and of having trusted arrangements in place such...

Scottish Parliament: Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 May 2017)

Annabelle Ewing: my opening remarks. The bill addresses some fundamental difficulties in the law as it stands, and will remove the barriers that prevent people from having confidence in and using the law. The ability to create third-party rights is important. There are many reasons for third-party rights to be created, and the reasons apply to individuals as much as to businesses. For example, when...

Scottish Parliament: Parliamentary Bureau Motions (25 May 2017)

Margaret Mitchell: within the Apologies (Scotland) Act 2016 without the exemption, and that the impact on GTC and SSSC processes should be monitored to assess whether providing an exemption has a detrimental impact on their ability to carry out their role. The SHRC confirms that it is not clear that that will be the case, given the position of other regulatory bodies. I request that the minister...

Scottish Parliament: Cyber-resilience (24 May 2017)

John Swinney: ...assurances on the security of their networks. There was considerable cross-sector engagement during that event, and collaboration at that level is essential. It helps to demonstrate confidence in the public sector’s ability to respond to such acts. The Government’s investment in the area is specifically to support a range of hardware and software measures to protect its...

Scottish Parliament: Seat Belts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 May 2017)

Gillian Martin: remote areas, such as my constituency in Aberdeenshire, travelling relatively long distances in coaches on country roads. Any attempt at a top-down diktat on how the legislation should work will hamper flexibility and restrict councils’ ability to implement the type of school transport that works best for them and their school pupils. It is therefore welcome that the committee...

Scottish Parliament: World Hypertension Month (23 May 2017)

Emma Harper: ...early screening, direct referral and faster access to treatment, and reduces the burden on GPs’ time. The tiny wee blood vessels in the kidneys do not cope well with raised blood pressure, either. It can result in the kidneys’ ability efficiently to dialyse—or filter—waste products being compromised. Kidney damage leads to chronic kidney problems and electrolyte...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed South of Scotland Enterprise Agency (18 May 2017)

Daniel Johnson: ...secretary’s response to those questions. Can he reassure us that the south of Scotland “vehicle” will be a separately constituted organisation with its own administration and bureaucracy and the ability to work independently of other bodies and organisations?

Scottish Parliament: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (18 May 2017)

Paul Wheelhouse: ...certainly the case. The membership of the group is evaluated and, as I understand it, we always keep an eye out for organisations that might add value to the process. Of course, we always have the ability to bring in experts to speak to us and to engage with the PACE partnership group by, say, giving a briefing on a particular subject that might be of importance to all partners. We also...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Support for Young People (17 May 2017)

Ben Macpherson: ...are transitioning out of homelessness, as Shelter Scotland has powerfully argued. In other words, the UK Government’s policy not only discriminates against young people but creates barriers to work and diminishes the ability of affected individuals to move forward. It is therefore against the UK Government’s principles of welfare reform and universal credit. The policy creates...

Scottish Parliament: Building Works (Community Protection) (17 May 2017)

Kevin Stewart: ...that Mr Lindhurst should contact the City of Edinburgh Council and get it to check what is going on at the site. I imagine that that would help his constituent, given that the council has the ability to take action if anything improper is going on at the site.

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (17 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: ...simply quote from the UK Government’s Treasury analysis of 23 May 2016, which says, at paragraph 1.15, that “businesses that trade with the EU would be uncertain about the UK’s access to the Single Market, not knowing what restrictions could be put on their ability to trade, including tariffs, customs costs or non-tariff barriers”. Crucially, it goes on to say that...

Scottish Parliament: Teacher Training Programme (17 May 2017)

Elizabeth Smith: ...placements and some perceived gaps in the programme regarding supporting trainees in learning key skills for the classroom; believes that these problems are, in some key areas, having a detrimental impact on the preparedness of trainees to meet the challenges of the curriculum for excellence and their ability to deliver better teaching in literacy and numeracy, and calls on the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (17 May 2017)

...skills for the classroom; believes that these problems are, in some key areas, having a detrimental impact on the preparedness of trainees to meet the challenges of the curriculum for excellence and their ability to deliver better teaching in literacy and numeracy; further believes that more initial teacher training in the support of pupils facing particular challenges, such as living in...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (16 May 2017)

Jeane Freeman: ...will lead the way with funding for a new Scottish Government internship programme for disabled people. For some businesses and employers, what they believe to be the difficulties of employing a disabled person lead them to lose out on talent and ability that would bring real value to their company’s growth and sustainability. Part of the issue is to do with an assumption that there...

Scottish Parliament: Outdoor Education (16 May 2017)

Brian Whittle: ...pupils’ futures. If we offer only a narrow educational pathway, we will cater only for those for whom that pathway works. As Albert Einstein famously said: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking it is stupid.” Elements of education and personal development—such as simple interaction,...

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax (11 May 2017)

Derek Mackay: Where we have the powers, our position is to make taxation fairer and more proportionate to the ability to pay, while raising additional revenue to invest in our public services. That is the point of taxation and that is what we want to achieve. That is why we are taking a methodical approach. There is some irony in a Labour Party member talking about low and middle-income earners, when it...

Scottish Parliament: International ME Awareness Day (11 May 2017)

Anas Sarwar: ...having a battery and having to work out how to preserve your energy—which sometimes will be high and sometimes will be low—to maintain the battery whenever it might be in the day. The functional ability scale, as it is known, is something that young sufferers of ME, in particular, use to get by day to day. On days such as this, it is important to recognise the work of the third...

Scottish Parliament: Keeping Children Safe Online (11 May 2017)

Tavish Scott: ...mentioned one social scientist who has observed that one problem area that is linked to the growth in the use of the internet is linguistic skills—the basic skills that we expect of our young people, such as the ability to listen to someone, concentrate on what they are saying, make eye contact and have human interaction. They said: “It’s ... about the social cues that...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Pay (10 May 2017)

Anas Sarwar: ...of pressures on the workforce. In short, we have too few nurses doing too much work for too little reward. They are underresourced, understaffed and under pressure—and they are clearly underpaid by the Scottish Government, which has the ability to do something about that and which needs to recognise the impact that its austerity is having on the recruitment, retention and morale of...

Scottish Parliament: International Nurses Day (10 May 2017)

Maureen Watt: ...we ensure that our nursing workforce is fit for the future with the right numbers, the right skills, the right opportunities and the right support. It is important that we make sure that everyone who has a desire, aptitude and ability to go into nursing can do so. That is why our chief nursing officer has commissioned a review of the ways to support and widen access to nursing education...

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