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Scottish Parliament: Waverley Station (Accessibility) (21 Sep 2017)

Humza Yousaf: ...remedial work to North Bridge is required and that access for it will come in through New Street. I am disappointed, just as Miles Briggs is. I understand the anger and frustration, but I am sure that he will agree that the safety of passengers is paramount. If remedial work needs to be done at North Bridge, with access via New Street, I am sure that he will agree that that is an important...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Schools (21 Sep 2017)

John Swinney: ...schools and ensuring that parents and all those affected by the proposal have an opportunity to make their views known. I expect the local authority to meet its obligations under the 2010 act. I am sure that Joan McAlpine and other members will appreciate that, given the statutory role that I have in the process, I am unable to comment further on specific aspects of any proposals, in case...

Scottish Parliament: Named Person Scheme (21 Sep 2017)

Ruth Davidson: I am not sure how reassured stakeholders will be by that answer. It has been clear to Conservatives for years that the named person scheme, as designed, simply will not work. However, the Scottish Government is still ploughing ahead with it. After five years of debating the issue back and forwards, here is where we are at: a second attempt at legislation that even its supporters say is...

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (21 Sep 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...Kingdom to have binding statutory targets on child poverty. We have just established the poverty and inequality commission, which will build on the work done by the independent poverty adviser to make sure that the Government is advised and challenged on the actions that we need to take to tackle child poverty. We have also outlined steps to introduce a new best start grant, by using one...

Scottish Parliament: Vale of Leven Hospital (General Practitioner Out-of-hours Service) (21 Sep 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: First, I take the opportunity to welcome the campaigners to the gallery. I am not sure how the Presiding Officer will respond if they start to play the bagpipes in the gallery, but I am sure that they will play them outside. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport is going out to meet the campaigners later this afternoon. I understand that there was a meeting between the chair and chief...

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax (Education Funding) (21 Sep 2017)

...There is no doubt that the debate—there is also no doubt that austerity has led us to have the debate—is about protecting public services, including education and the health service, and making sure that our public sector workers are properly and fairly rewarded. On education, I obviously take issue with much of what Willie Rennie said in his preamble. We are not just extending...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk Rail Service (Electrification) (21 Sep 2017)

...the issues that affect passengers because, as members can probably tell, I am deeply unhappy about the further delay. I talked about Network Rail’s delay in the energisation of the line, and I am sure that all members agree that it is vital that the line is dealt with properly and trains are properly tested. However, a large part of the latest delay is down to the slippage in the...

Scottish Parliament: Parents of Premature Babies (Financial Support) (21 Sep 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: I expect that I speak for the whole chamber when I say that I am delighted that Mark Griffin and his wife have now been able to take their baby daughter home from hospital. I am sure that we all wish him, his wife and their little baby the very best. [ Applause .] Health boards offer a range of support for parents who need additional support while their babies are in care, but the support...

Scottish Parliament: National Eye Health Week 2017 (Diabetic Retinopathy) (21 Sep 2017)

Alexander Burnett: ...damage to the blood vessels. Further, NHS Scotland advises those people to control their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels and to take their diabetes medication as prescribed. I am sure that the majority of those with diabetes are all too aware of the importance of that, but we must raise awareness to remind those who are at risk. On the final question of whether diabetic...

Scottish Parliament: Combustible Cladding (Glasgow) (21 Sep 2017)

Pauline McNeill: ...when it became clear that they did not have information that should have been available to them? How can the cabinet secretary have faith in Glasgow City Council as it takes the matter forward? I am sure that the cabinet secretary agrees that public reassurance is paramount. Can she demonstrate that the Government is in command of the situation and will do everything to restore the faith...

Scottish Parliament: Nuisance Calls (21 Sep 2017)

James Dornan: ...must be no older than 31 days. A firm must identify itself and ensure that its number is on display. Firms can call between 9 am and 9:30 pm on weekdays and only between 10 am and 6 pm on weekends. The guidance must be complied with at all times. I am sure that we all have constituents who have been irritated, or suffered worse, from nuisance calls. Which? has clearly demonstrated the...

Scottish Parliament: Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Sep 2017)

Christine Grahame: ...has decided that no provision in the Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill relates to a protected subject matter. Therefore, the bill does not require a supermajority to be passed at stage 3. I am sure that we are all relieved to hear that.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southern (20 Sep 2017)

Lord Callanan: Ministers receive numerous representations about Southern Rail from individuals and organisations – through both formal and informal channels. The government is committed to making sure passengers receive the reliable, high quality services on Southern they deserve, and I am encouraged that the Public Performance Measure of punctuality is currently at 82% compared to 62% in early...

Scottish Parliament: Community Sentences (Funding) (20 Sep 2017)

Michael Matheson: ...they comply with the timeframes that are set for community sentences and for the way in which they are delivered. We are reviewing the existing guidance on breaches of community sentences to make sure that it is robust and that it is clear about what sanctions should be put in place when community sentences are breached. As I set out in my previous answer, the record funding that we are...

Scottish Parliament: Community Policing (Support) (20 Sep 2017)

Michael Matheson: ...at a local level, with a range of partners to tackle such unacceptable behaviour. That was one of the key areas that we set out in the new strategic policing priorities; we did so to make sure that there was a greater focus on inclusive and proactive local work in the police service. At national level, that work has largely been taken forward by Deputy Chief Constable Fitzpatrick, who has...

Scottish Parliament: Community Payback and Direct Reparation (20 Sep 2017)

Michael Matheson: ...8217;s agreement to increase the presumption against short sentences of up to 12 months, there has been a wide range of support from across the criminal justice sector. Our approach is founded on making sure that we do not get caught up in the false dichotomy of what is tough justice and what is soft justice, but instead take an approach that is informed by smart justice and that is based...

Scottish Parliament: Antisocial Behaviour (Helensburgh Central Railway Station) (20 Sep 2017)

Jackie Baillie: I am sure that the minister will want to join me in thanking all the agencies that are involved in tackling the antisocial behaviour, and in condemning the abuse of the railway staff who have been verbally and physically assaulted, as have passengers. Will the minister commit to reviewing the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 to ensure that transport workers are covered by that legislation?

Scottish Parliament: Corrosive Chemicals (Controls and Sentencing) (20 Sep 2017)

Kenneth Macintosh: I am not sure whether this case is sub judice. Minister—you should be slightly careful.

Scottish Parliament: Palace of Holyroodhouse (Financial Arrangements) (20 Sep 2017)

Fiona Hyslop: ...a number of years. On staffing, the staff concerned are primarily industrial staff such as stonemasons, joiners, plumbers and electricians, and there might be issues in relation to security—I am sure that Mr Wightman will understand that I might not want to go into that in detail. I am sure that the chief executive of Historic Environment Scotland can discuss all those issues with...

Scottish Parliament: Repatriation of Bodies (20 Sep 2017)

Alasdair Allan: ...in Ireland, such as the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, which, in addition to the work just mentioned, also support repatriation costs. If such an organisation were to establish itself in Scotland, I am sure that it would be welcome in communities across the country. I reiterate that I am willing to meet the member and his constituent.


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