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Scottish Parliament: Scottish Futures Trust (Payment of Subcontractors) (18 May 2017)

Derek Mackay: The Scottish Government has gone further than other Administrations with regard to fair work, but it could go further if it had full legislative authority in that area. That is all the more reason for us to press the United Kingdom Government for the full devolution of employment law, so that we can go even further on that agenda. I could cite a number of examples where we have made good...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (18 May 2017)

Bruce Crawford: Is the minister aware that the planned closure of Kerse Road bridge, to enable the electrification of the railway line in the Stirling area, is causing understandable concern, because of the potential impact on individuals and businesses? Will he say what mitigation measures are being considered in an effort to minimise disruption? Will he provide me with full details on the benefit that...

Scottish Parliament: Infrastructure Investment (North-east Scotland) (18 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what infrastructure investment it has made in the north-east since 2007, and what future investment it has planned to make the area better connected. (S5O-01005)

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (18 May 2017)

...morph into the UK Independence Party. That makes it all the more important that, after the general election, there are strong voices to stand up to the Tories and make sure that Scotland’s interests in this area, and in so many other areas, are properly protected.

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

Paul Wheelhouse: for the local community. However, I must praise Ageas, which, as a conscientious employer, wished to do its best to support its employees in finding onward employment opportunities in the local area and, towards that end, worked very closely with the Scottish Government and our agencies. Through our PACE initiative, I set up a working group to provide support that included Ageas, the...

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

Adam Tomkins: ...why we who sat around the Smith commission table agreed on not just a top-up power but a power to create new benefits in devolved areas. That power is in section 28 of the Scotland Act 2016. This is a devolved area—we are talking about housing—and if the Scottish Government wants to introduce a new benefit under section 28, it has all the powers that it needs to do so.

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance (Disability Poverty) (17 May 2017)

Jeane Freeman: As the member rightly says, we have to bring the legislation to Parliament to give us the legal framework on which to make those additional payments in this area and in others. We will do so before the summer recess. We are considering how we will make those additional top-up payments. If possible, we will do that sooner than we are due to take on full responsibility for the whole carers...

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

Gordon Lindhurst: ...proximity to the former Donaldson’s school, which is undergoing extensive building works, with regard to concerns about dust pollution and adverse effects on people’s health in the surrounding area. Will the minister commit to looking into the issue with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and those in other Government departments to find a solution to the problem?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (17 May 2017)

Douglas Ross: I know that, for many people, the EU referendum vote last June was a difficult one. The United Kingdom as a whole voted to leave and, in my own area of Moray, we came closer than any other part of Scotland to voting leave. Much of that vote came from the coastal communities—from Burghead across to Cullen and everything in between. Those communities have a rich history of fishing and...

Scottish Parliament: Teacher Training Programme (17 May 2017)

John Swinney: ...that the Government has published today, which analysed initial teacher courses and found variations in the time that is spent on key components of the curriculum, with the widest variation in the crucial area of literacy. In saying all that, I acknowledge the issues that exist in initial teacher education. In the delivery plan last June, the Government committed to investigating the...

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (17 May 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I wish to raise a point of order under rule 7.3, “Order in the Chamber”. At 15:48 today, Douglas Ross MSP said in his speech, “in my own area of Moray, we came closer than any part of Scotland to voting leave. Much of that vote came from the coastal communities—from Burghead ... to Cullen and everything in between.” I note...

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (17 May 2017)

Richard Lochhead: ...Further to the point of order that my colleague Stewart Stevenson raised in relation to Douglas Ross’s contribution to the fisheries debate, in which Mr Ross indicated that he represents the Moray area and mentioned communities that straddle two Scottish parliamentary regions, is the matter deserving of guidance being brought to the chamber on how members should properly describe...

Scottish Parliament: Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day (17 May 2017)

Aileen Campbell: ...they have gone through. To honour wee Beth, we as a Parliament must resolve to ascertain where we can make improvements. As Kenny Gibson rightly stated, behind every figure and statistic in this area there are people and their experiences of pain, suffering and grief. We need to make the situation better and make improvements where we can. I commend Ash Denham for bringing the debate...

Scottish Parliament: Global Ransomware Incident (16 May 2017)

Shona Robison: the national health service in Scotland to the recent global ransomware attack. Members will have seen news reports about the global impact of Friday’s attack. In the United Kingdom, the main area affected has been the NHS. Across NHS England, 47 health organisations were infected with the malware, including 27 acute trusts. In Scotland, 13 health boards have experienced some...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (16 May 2017)

Jeane Freeman: ...of our delivery plan, but with those commitments and others that I have not had to time to go into already under way, we can drive forward towards the change that we need in the employment prospects of disabled people. I want to turn to one other area of progress. Two weeks ago, we had elections to Scotland’s local authorities. They represented the first real test of our access to...

Scottish Parliament: Outdoor Education (16 May 2017)

Mark McDonald: ...explore and learn from our heritage sites across the country. Members who have spoken about what they see as a lack of opportunity may want to explore the fund’s potential to support the work of schools in their area. The Government provides a range of support to the third sector, community groups and the youth work sector to promote outdoor learning. Our children and young people...

Scottish Parliament: Trainee Teacher Recruitment (University of Aberdeen) (11 May 2017)

John Swinney: ...a package of innovative routes to teaching to help encourage more graduates to become teachers. We are very happy to work with the local authorities to help tackle teacher shortages in the Aberdeen area. Currently, we are supporting the University of Aberdeen’s distance learning programme, which allows local authority staff to train as teachers while remaining in post, and we are...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh City Bypass (Capacity) (11 May 2017)

Humza Yousaf: The improvements will make a big difference to people coming into and leaving Edinburgh and the surrounding south-east of Scotland area. We have been making improvements since we came into power and became the Government in 2007. In 2008, there was a £2.2 million lane-widening project for Sheriffhall and the £30 million construction of the Dalkeith bypass, which included the...

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (11 May 2017)

...those who are responsible for human trafficking. Police Scotland also uses joint investigation teams that are established under European law to work with Romanian and Slovakian police in this area. It is vital that Police Scotland continues to work closely with United Kingdom immigration services, Europol and other nations’ police forces in order to investigate human trafficking...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Grangemouth) (11 May 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...discussion with the community council and local elected members, SEPA has agreed to consider the benefits and costs of establishing a Grangemouth site that can support the wider Stirling-based area team.

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