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Scottish Parliament: Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (24 Sep 2020)

Andy Wightman: ...months of the pandemic, were very much on the front line, meeting and greeting thousands of customers and seeking to police a safe environment, much of which is mandated by laws passed by the Parliament, the latest of which is, of course, the regulation on wearing face coverings. All that is in addition to the existing laws on, for example, age-restricted goods and services that retail...

Scottish Parliament: Staff Cost Provision (Review) (17 Sep 2020)

Liam McArthur: ...this parliamentary session of the staff cost provision. Following that, the Presiding Officer wrote to business managers on 13 May 2020, and a memo was issued by SPCB members to their parliamentary group members on 14 May. That included the report and recommendations arising from the review of the reimbursement of members’ expenses scheme, as well as the agreed terms of reference for the...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (16 Sep 2020)

Humza Yousaf: I thank Liam Kerr for the tone of his question. I understand his arguments about timing. I hope that he will understand the counter-argument, which was best articulated by Victim Support Scotland. If we delay the bill beyond this parliamentary term, those who need its protections the most—at a time when the atmosphere for minority groups can be febrile and hostile—will wait even longer....

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (9 Sep 2020)

Liam Kerr: ...that that exclusion could be seen as sending the message that sex-based hatred is of less importance than that which is based on the other characteristics. We need to ask whether the working group to consider an offence of misogynistic harassment is the best way to proceed on that because, for example, the Law Society of Scotland says that “if the policy intention is for the list of...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (2 Sep 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: I think that Liam Kerr asked that question yesterday—forgive me if I am misremembering—so I will probably just repeat the answer that I gave then. We are at the start of the legislative process. I know that concerns have been raised about the bill. I have given a commitment that we are listening carefully and that, if we require to lodge amendments, we will do so. Issues relating to the...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Aug 2020)

Liam Kerr: ...and hold current practising certificates with the Law Society of Scotland and the Law Society of England and Wales. With the exception of amendment 35, we will vote for all the amendments in group 1. Amendment 35 is clearly well intentioned, as were Alex Cole-Hamilton’s amendments throughout stage 2. However, I am not persuaded that, in reality, it would serve a child’s interests in...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (20 Aug 2020)

Humza Yousaf: ...—I wish that Bill Bowman could have risen to the occasion. I phoned Murdo Fraser, who I do not think is in the chamber, to speak to him about his concerns about the bill, and I engaged with Liam Kerr, Mr Bowman’s party’s justice spokesperson, on the bill in advance of its introduction. I have said clearly and publicly that I would listen to Opposition members and stakeholders. If we...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (11 Aug 2020)

Humza Yousaf: I thank Liam McArthur for asking a very important question. I will give a couple of caveats before I answer it. One is that bail decisions are, of course, made by the independent courts. He is right to allude to the fact that the main reason for the significant increase in the remand population has been the suspension of court business, particularly of jury trials. He is also correct to say...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (30 Jul 2020)

Liam Kerr: On page 61 of Benny Higgins’s report last month, “Towards a robust, resilient wellbeing economy for Scotland: Report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery”, he was clear that the Government should respond to his recommendations “by the end of July”. On 24 June, in the chamber, the First Minister promised to do so. Today is 30 July. I ask the First Minister: will the timescale...

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (Accession) (17 Jun 2020)

Liam Fox: I very much welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement. If Britain joins CPTPP, it will create a trade grouping of roughly the same size as the European Union, now that Britain has left, but without the political restrictions on the UK and with some new strategic advantages, not least vis-à-vis China. Of course, trade is not just about trade agreements, so can my right hon. Friend tell us...

Scottish Parliament: Justice Sector Response, Recovery and Renewal (17 Jun 2020)

Humza Yousaf: I thank Liam Kerr for his questions. I note that he has taken a consistent interest in the matters that he raised, and I appreciate the tone in which he asked his questions. With regard to the courts, detailed plans have been put forward—rightly—by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service. A cursory glance at the SCTS website would show Liam Kerr the three-stage approach that I...

Scottish Parliament: Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Jun 2020)

Liam McArthur: ..., destroying or damaging bird and animal nests and shelters. Claudia Beamish is helping to ensure that that happens, so Scottish Liberal Democrats will be happy to support all the amendments in the group.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Examination of Witnesses (16 Jun 2020)

Jonathan Brenton: It is very important that I put on record, first, that the CBI is a member of both the Strategic Trade Advisory Group and the expert trade advisory groups, in terms of our personnel, and our members are also active on the ETAGs. We strongly welcomed the STAG and the ETAGs. As an organisation, we called for such a system in a letter to the previous Secretary of State, Liam...

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [Lords]: Payment of a living wage (11 Jun 2020)

Catherine West: ...women’s cricket team and even to play internationally. Following my visit to Birmingham, I want to put on record my thanks not just to my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Liam Byrne), who has already spoken today, but to the team at Birmingham City Council, who are the best example of municipal pride, putting on a wonderful show for visiting Members of...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 May 2020)

John Finnie: ...and I suggest that that also applies to the rights of the child and the views of the child. The committee heard a lot of views, and we all approached the bill with an open mind. My colleague Liam Kerr referred to some of the compelling testimony that we heard. We heard in private compelling testimony from Yello!, which is the young expert group in the improving justice in child contact...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Businesses (Support) (21 May 2020)

Kate Forbes: I am mindful of the issue that Liam McArthur raises. There are a lot of tourism businesses in my constituency, many of which do not have business bank accounts. They form one of a number of different groups that, as yet, have not been able to access support. There are others. Yesterday, the issue was raised of market traders, for example, not being able to get help through the non-domestic...

Scottish Parliament: Small Business Bank Accounts (21 May 2020)

Kate Forbes: ...get support are minimal. The creative fund was intended to quantify hardship and understand the need as well as ensure that the money was going to genuine businesses. I recognise that, with a large group of different businesses, from photographers all the way through to bed and breakfasts, it is very hard to get eligibility criteria that work for everyone. That is why I said to Liam...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (13 May 2020)

Miles Briggs: ...should be able to exit their leases, so I am pleased that additional provision is being made in the bill for those who might enter accommodation in the coming academic year. Student representative groups have rightly welcomed the measures. I have also raised with the Scottish Government a number of constituency cases in which people face being unable to claim back the additional dwelling...

Covid-19 (11 May 2020)

Liam Fox: I begin by thanking all those key workers in North Somerset who keep our essential services moving, all the voluntary groups who have kept our communities healthy and all those who have maintained the Government guidelines, keeping one another safe. Even at this point in the pandemic, there are a few points worth making about the medicine. In a pandemic with a new virus, where there is no...

Scottish Parliament: Community Events (Support) (1 May 2020)

Fiona Hyslop: ...public funding, that funding can be repurposed—not necessarily to deliver the original festival event but to help secure the resilience that is required. With EventScotland and the stakeholder group that will meet shortly, I will ensure that we set up best practice teams to support people. As Liam McArthur said, it is not always about finance; it is also about how we can re-present,...


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