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Scottish Parliament: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Chief Executive Meetings) (25 May 2017)

Shona Robison: ..., who were able to express very directly the issues and concerns that they had. As I said to the parents at that meeting, I would be happy to meet any other concerned local parents. Indeed, we made sure that my contact details were given to anyone taking part in the protest outside the meeting who wanted them. We will liaise with those people and set up further meetings, as required, in...

Scottish Parliament: Film Studio (Meetings) (25 May 2017)

Fiona Hyslop: In addition to enhancing studio facilities, we are also making sure that the production fund is enhanced. On top of the nearly £11 million that Creative Scotland invested in 2015-16, we have produced a production growth fund of £3 million, £1.875 million of which has already been awarded. Productions that have benefited from the production growth fund include “T2...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (25 May 2017)

...strategy. Among many actions, we have given a particular commitment to a national review of personal and social education, of the role of pastoral guidance in schools and of school counselling services to make sure that every child has appropriate access to the right support in school. Those actions have long been important but, given the events of the past few days, making sure that we...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (25 May 2017)

...who were closest to, the two girls will need. Of course—people will understand and agree with this—their aim will be to keep things as normal as possible for the school that the girls attended, but to make sure that support is in place for the young people who are going need it. The last point that I will make—as is often relevant in any tragic incident such as...

Scottish Parliament: Celtic’s European Cup Win (50th Anniversary) (25 May 2017)

James Dornan: ...financial difficulties—it was not uncommon back then not to be able to afford to do those sorts of things. The other reason was that I had been grounded. So remember, kids: if you are lucky enough to support a great team, make sure that you behave. Otherwise, who knows what the consequences could be? By the way, for the benefit of younger folk—which, looking around the chamber,...

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

Annabelle Ewing: ...much longer than the statutory route that is offered by the bill. I do not wish to engage in a law lecture—I see that there are some eminent jurists among us—but the leading case on irrevocability dates back to the 1920s. I am sure that members on the Tory front bench know that I am going to cite the case of Carmichael v Carmichael’s executrix, which is, of course, the...

Scottish Parliament: Cycle Capacity (Railways) (24 May 2017)

Claudia Beamish: ...plans to improve rail’s integration with the wider transport system, which, of course, includes improvements to facilities for cyclists.”—[ Official Report , 12 September 2013; c 22365.] I had thought of stating today that we must be sure that the next franchise tender sets more robust and imaginative demands for bikes on trains in its criteria, but then I stopped myself....

Scottish Parliament: Security (24 May 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...the public to be vigilant and to report any concerns or suspicions that they may have to the police. I want to provide a further update to members on the specific impact of Monday night’s awful events. My thoughts and, I am sure, those of everyone in the chamber remain with the families of those who have lost their lives, the victims who were injured, and the people of Manchester...

Scottish Parliament: Inclusive Growth (Orkney) (24 May 2017)

Paul Wheelhouse: ...carried out. I assure Liam McArthur that consideration is being given to looking at how any subsidy could be made available to commercial operators, to allow them to provide reduced fares. As I am sure he appreciates, that is a complex piece of work. It is important to ensure that any fares mechanism is fair and compliant legally. I hope that that answers the question.

Scottish Parliament: Public Sector Pay Policy 2017-18 (Equality Impact Assessment) (24 May 2017)

Patrick Harvie: I am sure that it was merely an extraordinary coincidence that the equality impact assessment was published the day after I lodged that oral question. I am happy that it is such a fortunate coincidence, though. In previous years under the current public sector pay policy, when inflation was hovering at or well below 1 per cent, it could be argued that the Government’s approach was to...

Scottish Parliament: Austerity (Impact on Scottish Government Finances) (24 May 2017)

Derek Mackay: Yes, they are, and I am sure that that debate will continue during the general election campaign, where there are alternatives to the Tories’ plans.

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Income from Increased Council Tax Rates) (24 May 2017)

Derek Mackay: I am not sure that Graham Simpson listened to my answer to Clare Haughey before he asked his question. I made the point that it was a matter for local government and for South Lanarkshire Council. I simply pointed out that the Labour Party had said for years that the council tax freeze was unsustainable, but when it was in a position to increase the tax, it froze it. I was simply pointing out...

Scottish Parliament: Cyber-resilience (24 May 2017)

Donald Cameron: ...skills to combat attacks, as and when they happen. That in turn requires people who are able to stress-test IT systems continually, so that they are protected from new viruses and malicious attacks. I am sure that others, like me, received an interesting briefing from the University of Abertay on that point. It said that defensive cybersecurity is already fairly well established in both...

Scottish Parliament: National Parks (24 May 2017)

Roseanna Cunningham: ...is around two years—although I note that Graeme Dey seemed to have a briefing that suggested that it could take longer—assuming that there was a strong case and unquestioned support. I am not sure that we can always just assume that. The intention behind the act is clear: although national park status can deliver clear benefits to an area, detailed consideration and scrutiny...

Scottish Parliament: Attack on Manchester (23 May 2017)

...review security around all the events that are coming up in the days ahead. I will continue to liaise closely with the chief constable and other senior officers in Police Scotland in the days ahead to make sure that all appropriate steps are taken to keep the population of our country as safe as possible. Again, I thank Kezia Dugdale for her comments. She has described very powerfully and...

Scottish Parliament: Cycling Infrastructure (Road Safety) (23 May 2017)

Humza Yousaf: I must clarify that that is misinformation from Alexander Stewart; I am sure that it was unintentional. As I said in my previous answer, we are making available record levels of funding to active travel: £39.2 million per year to 2021. There is a record level of investment. Other members will no doubt want us to go further than that sometimes, and where additional money can be spent on...

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

Neil Bibby: ...involving children travelling on school transport, with just 45 children injured per year on buses and coaches. However, when it comes to preventable injuries on transport to and from school, I am sure that we would agree across the chamber that any injury that brings harm to a child is one too many. It is therefore only right that we collectively consider what preventative steps we can...

Scottish Parliament: World Hypertension Month (23 May 2017)

Donald Cameron: ...place a heavy strain on the NHS, so it is incumbent upon us all to identify solutions so that hypertension can be reduced and we can tackle the resulting conditions. Actions speak louder than words, and I am sure that Brian Whittle will tell us about his ideas for a healthy lifestyle strategy. He has already presented a document—which is by no means finalised or partisan—to...

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

Keith Brown: ...in the south, working with other organisations to ensure that communities and businesses benefit. As the member will know, decisions about project funding will be for the new vehicle, but I am sure that it will be grateful for interesting ideas such as the one that Emma Harper has put forward.

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

Bruce Crawford: ...measures are being considered in an effort to minimise disruption? Will he provide me with full details on the benefit that electrification of the rail line will bring to the Stirling area? I am sure that the minister is aware that I am standing right behind him, so I hope that I will get a nice reply.


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