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Results 1–20 of 11693 for speaker:Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish Parliament: Curriculum for Excellence Inquiry (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: The Scottish Government will abide by the decision of Parliament yesterday and the Deputy First Minister will set out in due course how that will be taken forward. Of course, I point out to Jackson Carlaw that a review of broad general education was carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2015. When it issued its report and made its recommendations, the...

Scottish Parliament: Allan Marshall (Fatal Accident Inquiry) (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: Yes, I understand the hurt and the pain of Allan Marshall’s family—indeed, of any family who face those circumstances. My deep condolences and thoughts are with them. The Government—indeed, any agency whose conduct is the subject of a fatal accident inquiry—has a duty to learn from any recommendations. That will be the case for the Scottish Prison Service following the FAI into what...

Scottish Parliament: Trans Women in Prisons (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: I am not aware of the terms of the discussion that was had last night, beyond what Kenny Gibson has narrated in the chamber, but I am more than happy to ask the justice secretary to respond in detail on the particular point. More generally, this is obviously a sensitive and controversial issue. It is very important not only that we respect and protect women’s rights—I have spent a...

Scottish Parliament: Penman Engineering (Administration) (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: Yes, I will give that assurance. That is how the Government always seeks to operate in these very difficult situations. I take the opportunity to express my concern about Penman entering administration and, of course, about the impact that that has in terms of the 44 jobs that, as I understand it, are immediately lost as a result. The Government’s immediate concern is the workforce, and we...

Scottish Parliament: Fatal Accident Inquiry (Milly Main) (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: I absolutely sympathise with Kimberly, Milly’s mum, and her wider family. What they have gone through is completely unacceptable, and I think that everyone’s heart is with them at this time. Of course, it is precisely because we want to make sure that Milly’s family or any other family get the answers that they consider they have a right to—and they do have a right to those...

Scottish Parliament: Care Sector (Mistreatment of the Elderly) (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: The vast majority of elderly people in our care homes across the country get excellent care by dedicated members of staff, and I think that it is important that all of us recognise that. The member is absolutely right that any elderly person who does not get that excellent standard of care is being let down. In relation to actions, we have a Care Inspectorate whose job is to make sure that...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Welfare Fund (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: I of course share some of that concern. It is because we have concerns about the impact of austerity and welfare cuts on many people across the country that the Government established the welfare fund and continues to fund that vital support for people who need it. The welfare fund is under pressure in many parts of the country because of the increasing demand that is being brought about by...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Grampian (Waiting Times) (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: I was not aware of the meeting request until Tom Mason raised it in his question. I will certainly be happy to have that looked into, and I am sure that the health secretary will be happy to meet any organisation that wants to discuss those issues. The health secretary tells me that she is due to meet the co-conveners of the cross-party group—I think—shortly in order to discuss those...

Scottish Parliament: Citizens’ Rights (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: Yes. I agree that Scotland deserves so much better than a Conservative Government ripping us out of the European Union against our will. I do not believe only that we deserve better; I believe that we could have much better if we were an independent country and able to co-operate, within the European Union, in our own right. The Scottish Government will use all the powers at our disposal to...

Scottish Parliament: “Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland” (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: GERS, which the Scottish Government publishes every year, sets out the situation not under an independent Scotland but under Westminster government. Why would we set out different figures? So that we can show what we can do differently in Scotland and the different spending commitments that we could make—for example, spending more to grow our economy, spending more to protect the most...

Scottish Parliament: Motor Neurone Disease (Drug Trial) (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: Yesterday’s news about those drug trials for MND was fantastic; I think that everybody across the chamber is clearly of that view. The Scottish Government has already met Doddie Weir, and we will meet others involved. We have a very good relationship with MND Scotland, which rightly keeps pressure on the Scottish Government to do everything that we can. We look forward to continuing to...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed International Commission (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: Angela Constance is right to raise that issue. I am going to try to give Lisa Nandy the benefit of the doubt. I am going to assume, hard though it might be to believe, that when she made her comments, she had not paid attention to what has actually happened in Catalonia in recent times. If she had, she would surely not have suggested that there are any positive lessons at all to be learned...

Scottish Parliament: City Region Deals (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: We welcome today’s report, because it also highlights the positive effect that city region and growth deals are having across Scotland in strengthening relationships between councils, the Government, business, universities and a range of other partners. We will, of course, pay close attention to the recommendations in the report so that we make sure that the governance and accountability...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: Mike Rumbles might not have intended it, but he has just made an argument for having a referendum so that we can put that to the test. We stood on a mandate and a platform to offer an independence referendum and give people the choice. We scored a higher percentage of the vote in Scotland than the Tories did United Kingdom-wide, but they still claim that the election result is a mandate for...

Scottish Parliament: Erasmus Scheme (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland does exceptionally well from Erasmus+. Proportionally, more students from Scotland than students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland study abroad under the programme, and more Erasmus students from across Europe come to Scotland than they do to anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Ending our participation in Erasmus would be a huge step backwards. It would be a disaster for our...

Scottish Parliament: Wild Salmon Stocks (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: This is Scotland’s year of coasts and waters. Last week, the Scottish Government announced £750,000 of funding for a project to investigate the migration of wild salmon on the west coast. That builds on an on-going programme of research and monitoring, which includes the Moray Firth tracking project. The project will help to develop a body of evidence on the complex challenges that salmon...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Compensation Payments) (16 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: Civil claims arise out of a wide variety of situations and are resolved according to their own particular facts and circumstances. The Scottish Government expects all public bodies to conduct litigation with careful regard to the public purse. It is, of course, for Police Scotland to determine the level of compensation payments. Those are dealt with individually on a case-by-case basis, and...

Scottish Parliament: Education (Exam Results) (9 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: We will publish findings that the Parliament should be aware of as and when we have them. I take issue with what Jackson Carlaw has just said, because on 27 November the Deputy First Minister informed this Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee of the analysis that he intended to carry out on the 2019 Scottish Qualifications Authority results. I do not think that the Deputy First...

Scottish Parliament: Home Care Services (South Lanarkshire) (9 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: It is the council’s responsibility to take the actions that the Care Inspectorate has recommended or instructed it to take, and to ensure that what Richard Leonard has outlined today does not happen. The reason why we have the Care Inspectorate is to ensure that we have the highest standards of care across the country. It is important that that system works properly and robustly. The...

Scottish Parliament: Drumbrae Care Home (9 Jan 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: Let me certainly agree in part with Alex Cole-Hamilton: what he has described is completely unacceptable. I believe that residents of care homes and their families have an absolute right to expect better standards than those that he has outlined in the very tragic case of Malcolm Muirhead. Where I do not agree—a disagreement that I express sincerely—is that it is, to use his words,...


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