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Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish National Party MSP for Glasgow Southside (6 May 1999 – current)

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Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: I accept that we are not yet in the place where we want to be in terms of drug treatment and services generally, and in terms of drug rehabilitation services, in particular. Angela Constance, who is the Minister for Drugs Policy, will of course later set out the progress that we have made, the funding that we have committed and the steps that we are taking to address the matter. There are few...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Personal Protective Equipment) (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: We acted on all those reports. I have said before and I will say again that whether it is on PPE, the response to previous exercises, or indeed many other aspects of the pandemic, the Government, in common with Governments all over the world no doubt, did not get everything right. We have lessons to learn and, as I have said many times already, I do not shy away from that. I am sure that...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Targets (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: I want to ensure that we are being factually accurate. The figures in this week’s report, which I will address in a second, are for 2019 and pre-date the updated climate change plan, so they take no account of the changes that were in that plan. It is important to be accurate about that. Scotland is ahead of most other countries in the world, so I do not think that the question is about...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Business Support) (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: We recognise that deviating from our route map impacts on businesses. We have funded additional financial support to businesses in areas in which it has been necessary to retain restrictions for an additional period. We also continue to emphasise to the United Kingdom Government the need for additional funding to be made available for businesses. The situation exemplifies why it is so...

Scottish Parliament: Malicious Prosecutions (Inquiry) (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: Both the Lord Advocate and the then Minister for Parliamentary Business made clear to Parliament on 10 February this year that the Scottish Government supports both parliamentary and wider public accountability when it comes to these cases. In February, the Parliament passed a motion in support of a judge-led inquiry. The Government supports and is committed to that. That inquiry can happen...

Scottish Parliament: Psychiatric Hospitals (Discharge Delays) (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: No one wants people to be receiving care in psychiatric hospitals for any longer than is deemed to be clinically necessary in every case. Delays in discharge can be very challenging for individuals, but, for example, significant packages of care often need to be linked to specialist accommodation, which sometimes has to be commissioned, specially designed or even purpose built. That can take...

Scottish Parliament: Removal of Dental Charges (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: This is a really important commitment. Having committed to removing dental charges, our first step in doing that was to remove them for care-experienced young people under the age of 26. When we considered that, we decided that our first step should be removing charges for all young people under the age of 26. That was an important step and I am delighted that we could announce it this week....

Scottish Parliament: ScotRail Strike Action (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: I do not want to see strike action being taken anywhere across the country and I do not want to see it being taken on rail services either. It is really important that the employer tries to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. Collective bargaining rests with the operator and the trade unions concerned. I know that the transport minister has agreed to meet with trade union...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Seekers (Glasgow City Council) (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: I say this in relation to the current political leadership of Glasgow City Council, but also, to be fair, in relation to its last Labour leadership: Glasgow City Council is probably the last organisation that deserves to be criticised for how asylum seekers are treated. It has been one of the few areas that has welcomed asylum seekers and done everything that it can to support them. However,...

Scottish Parliament: Accident Prevention Messaging (Water Safety) (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: I extend my deepest and sincerest condolences to Aidan’s family. Aidan was, of course, the young boy who so tragically lost his life in the Clyde last week. I cannot even begin to understand the impact on his family, his friends and the wider community. Although such incidents are thankfully rare, each and every drowning is one too many. They demonstrate the vital role of initiatives such...

Scottish Parliament: Eating Disorder Services (Children and Young People) (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: Everybody understands that eating disorders have a devastating impact on individuals and their families. Rapid intervention is essential and must be available. We published the “Scottish Eating Disorder Services Review” in March, and we will announce further steps by the end of June. We will also establish an implementation group to ensure that the review’s recommendations are taken...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Qualifications Authority (Non-submission of Grades) (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: I am not aware of any evidence that suggests that that practice is being used this year in a less appropriate way than last year, but if there is evidence that anybody wants to put forward, we will look at it as a matter of urgency. The Educational Institute of Scotland has said that it is “not aware of this as an issue in schools”. As Michael Marra rightly says, in a normal academic...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom and Australia Free Trade Deal (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: Yes, I agree. The detail of the deal should be published in full. I suggest that it should be put to a vote not only in the House of Commons but in this Parliament, so that we can represent the interests of the farming community across Scotland. I am deeply concerned about the implications of this trade deal and future trade deals for our farming sector in Scotland. I noted, as I am sure...

Scottish Parliament: Breast Cancer Screening (Self-referral) (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: That is a really important issue. When the breast screening programme resumed in August last year, it was done in a way that was in line with expert clinical advice and the recommendations of the Scottish screening committee. Initially, patients who receive non-routine appointments were prioritised; more recently, patients between the ages of 50 and 70 who receive routine appointments have...

Scottish Parliament: Autism Assessments (NHS Fife) (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: A decision was taken through NHS Fife’s multidisciplinary management group not to conduct remote assessments via Near Me during the pandemic, but the board plans to start face-to-face autism assessments in July, so there is a need to get that service back to normal and address the backlog. We will continue to work with NHS Fife and other health boards to support them to do that. The...

Scottish Parliament: Travel Restrictions (Impact on Tourism) (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: We continue to consider—on a four nations basis but also with regard to global considerations—what role vaccination might play in future in easing international travel. The impact on the tourism industry is understood, and we will continue to do everything that we can, within the resources that we have available, to provide support for affected sectors, including tour operators and...

Scottish Parliament: Law Officers (17 Jun 2021)

Nicola Sturgeon: It will give me great pleasure to move the motion seeking Parliament’s agreement to recommend to Her Majesty the Queen the appointment of a new Lord Advocate and a new Solicitor General for Scotland. Those posts have a very long history indeed. The position of Lord Advocate was established long before the 1707 union of Parliaments. Today, those roles remain crucial to the rule of law in...

Scottish Parliament: Drug-related Deaths (17 Jun 2021)

Sue Webber: power, the SNP has finally admitted that it should have done more to tackle Scotland’s scandalous rate of drug deaths. I listened with keen interest to what the cabinet secretary said. By Nicola Sturgeon’s own admission, she took her eye off the ball. In 2007, 455 people died in Scotland following drug use; in 2019, the figure had risen to 1,264. The drug death rate has almost...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Skills Impact) (16 Jun 2021)

Jim Fairlie: ...for Scotland outside of the EU”, I remind him that, during the election campaign, it was his leader who told the country, in a live debate, that under no circumstances would he work with Nicola Sturgeon on anything, let alone on major issues such as climate change, because we in the SNP believe in independence. If you want to intervene to square that circle, please do so.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (15 Jun 2021)

Alison Johnstone: The next item of business is a statement by Nicola Sturgeon on a Covid-19 update. The First Minister will take questions at the end of her statement, so there should be no interventions or interruptions.

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