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Meeting of the Parliament 18 September 2018 : 18 September 2018
I am sure that Jackie Baillie well understands that it would not be appropriate for me to take sides in the chamber in any procurement issue or dispute. As I thin...
For any loan offer, we would expect due diligence to be complied with. It has been. External consultants have worked in that regard, as well as finance officials....
I thank the member for the way in which he has raised that issue. That is a far more helpful contribution than that of the Tories, who are simply trying to underm...
I agree with Stuart McMillan. It has been important not only for shipbuilding but for industry that this Government has taken bold decisions to support Scottish industry across Scotland. Thi...
Let me be clear about the Government’s investment in ferries. Since 2007, we have invested more than £1 billion in ferry service...
That is quite an incredible position for the Conservatives to hold. It is clear that they do not speak to each other. It is just not true to say that I have not i...
The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work (Derek Mackay)
Scottish shipbuilding has a proud history and a bright future. That is why the Government will continue to support the industry to thrive and reach its full poten...
Finance and Constitution Committee 12 September 2018 [Draft] : 12 September 2018
All of us have to make sure that all of it is affordable, and understanding the liabilities that we are taking on is critical when it comes to affordability and understanding the risk. I am ...
The model can be part of the infrastructure drive that we are trying to undertake, because it may well turn out to be a very useful financial tool. It is quite separate from the specific com...
For completeness, I should say to Mr Tomkins that I do not want to encroach on other cabinet secretaries’ portfolios. Mr Matheson will lead on city deal negotiations as the infrastructure se...
As an amendment to motion S5M-12708 in the name of Willie Rennie (Finance and the Constitution), leave out from "notes the analysis" to end and insert "agrees that independence is best for Scotland’s future, and recognises that Brexit is a major threat to Scotland’s economy, society and environment."
Supported by: Keith Brown
That the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee recommends that the Digital Government (Scottish Bodies) Regulations 2018 [draft] be approved.
Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick
That the Finance and Constitution Committee recommends that the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Group Relief Modification) (Scotland) Order 2018 [draft] be approved.
That the Finance and Constitution Committee recommends that the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (First-Time Buyer Relief) (Scotland) Order 2018 [draft] be approved.
That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Planning (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.
Supported by: Kevin Stewart
That the Parliament agrees that the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Relief from Additional Amount) (Scotland) Bill be passed.
That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.
That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Crown Estate Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b) of the Parliament's Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.
To ask the Scottish Executive what support is in place to assist the development of basketball in (a) Renfrewshire and (b) Scotland.
Basketballscotland has received significant funding from sportscotland to support the implementation of the sport’s development plan and sportscotland also operate a number of funding streams that are available to assist the development of sports clubs and groups. The level of investment and the funding streams is an operational matter and I have asked the chief executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, to write to you outlining the detail of this support.
Through our Cashback for Communities programme Basketballscotland and Scottish Sports Futures will receive £2.65 million direct from the Scottish Government over the next three years to deliver a wide range of basketball opportunities for young people across Scotland in innovative programmes such as Jump2it and Twighlight basketball.
To ask the Scottish Executive what support is in place to assist the development of ice hockey in (a) Renfrewshire and (b) Scotland.
This is an operational matter for sportscotland and I have asked the Chief Executive, Stewart Harris, to provide you with the information requested.
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve cycle lanes and related sustainable travel.
We are committed to delivering the actions in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland which will help us achieve our vision that by 2020, 10% of journeys will be by bike. We continue to work in partnership with local authorities and other stakeholders in delivering new facilities and promoting the 2,000 miles of cycle path already existing in Scotland, which will encourage active and sustainable travel.
The report on proposals and policies sets further milestones which reflect our efforts to widen travel choices and reduce the need for travel. We will continue to promote a range of activities including smarter choices and we will disseminate the learning and good practice from the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places demonstration programme.
Our efforts to encourage more efficient driving include the promotion of low carbon vehicles, as demonstrated by the launch of our £4.2 million Electric Vehicle Procurement Scheme for the Public Sector in October 2011, and the provision of fuel-efficient driver training through the Energy Saving Trust.
To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many applications for funding for cultural projects in Renfrewshire have been granted since 2007.
The Scottish Government does not hold this information.
To ask the Scottish Executive what its next steps will be to tackle antisocial behaviour.
Tackling antisocial behaviour and making communities safer and stronger remains a top priority for this Government. On 19 March 2009 the Scottish Government and COSLA jointly published their Framework for tackling antisocial behaviour, Promoting Positive Outcomes. It followed a thorough review of national antisocial behaviour policy, recognising that prevention and early and effective intervention, and diversion, should be at its heart.
Actions that contribute to these aims include over £44 million of the proceeds of crime re-invested by the CashBack programme into communities across Scotland through sporting, cultural, youth and third sector organisations, with over 600,000 young people benefitting from diversionary activities and intervention projects. This investment will continue to help reduce anti-social behaviour.
We are also providing government support for a High Hedges Bill, which will tackle a form of anti-social behaviour that blights many lives. In addition, we will consult on measures which would allow social landlords greater flexibility where there is evidence of anti-social behaviour; and will commence provisions in the Private Rented Housing Act 2011 requiring a local authority to take into account antisocial behaviour affecting the property of a private landlord, in deciding if that landlord is a fit and proper person to let property.
To ask the Scottish Executive what funds are available for organisations that want to promote or provide cultural activities for under-18s in Renfrewshire.
There are a variety of funds that organisations who want to promote or provide cultural activities for under-18s in Renfrewshire may access. In particular, Renfrewshire Council itself has responsibility for cultural activity in the local area and can support local organisations in that capacity. The National Performing Companies and National Collections have educational outreach activity which takes place in this area and Creative Scotland administers the Youth Music Initiative which provides musical funding for primary aged children, including those in this area. Creative Scotland also provides a fund-finding service to assist organisations in finding other funding sources. For further information on the services offered by Creative Scotland.
To ask the Scottish Executive what the next stage will be in progressing the Fastlink project.
The next stage of the Fastlink project is to progress the statutory planning processes including Traffic Regulation Orders, a statutory Quality Partnership and planning permission for the infrastructure construction.
To ask the Scottish Executive how much money from the Cashback for Communities scheme has been invested in Renfrewshire since 2007.
Cashback funding is not allocated to individual local authority areas. Instead, funding is allocated to our partner organisations, who are tasked with delivering diversionary and participatory activities, or developing local facilities that will benefit our communities.
Work is currently ongoing to monitor and evaluate the cashback programme going forward and such information will be collated under an evaluation framework.
To ask the Scottish Executive what support it can offer Renfrewshire Council for its Gateway to the Games strategy.
The Scottish Government is committed to creating a lasting legacy for the whole of Scotland from Glasgow hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We continue to work in partnership with local authorities to ensure they get every possible benefit of major events coming to Scotland.
Renfrewshire is ideally placed to benefit from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and I know much work has already started to ensure that the people of Renfrewshire see these benefits. Gateway to the Games is an excellent example of how the games can help to inspire communities to get involved and be more physically active.
Our commitment to strengthen sport in the community is shown by over £13.5 million investment, through sportscotland, being provided last year to support the Active School programme in all 32 local authorities – a network that supports programmes such as Renfrewshire’s Gateway to the games - and our ongoing commitment to deliver at least 100 community sports hubs across all local authorities by 2014. This strong support will continue.
The Games are also helping deliver other local benefits for Renfrewshire such as the 37 grants awarded through the BIG Lottery 2014 Communities grant scheme and local schools’ involvement in the (Bank of Scotland) National School Sports Week.
To reflect what is going on locally we have developed a web portal http://www.gameslegacyscotland.org/ that showcases the programmes and range of support across legacy activities.
I would of course be happy to meet to discuss what other support we can provide.
To ask the Scottish Executive what penalties there are for private landlords who fail to maintain their properties at an acceptable standard and how they are enforced.
A tenant in the private rented sector can apply to the Private Rented Housing Panel if they consider that their landlord has not maintained the property they rent to an acceptable standard.
If the panel decides that the landlord has failed to comply with the statutory repairing standard, it will issue a repairing standard enforcement order requiring that necessary work be carried out.
Non-compliance with a repairing standard enforcement order without reasonable excuse is an offence under section 28 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006. The Private Rented Housing Panel can enforce a repairing standard enforcement order by issuing a separate order reducing the rent payable under a tenancy agreement. Under the repairing standard enforcement order, the local authority can carry out the work required and recover the cost from the landlord.
Local authorities also have a range of powers to deal with houses in disrepair through the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006. A local authority is able to serve a work notice requiring work to be carried out on a property that fails to meet the tolerable standard, is in serious disrepair, or is in disrepair and is likely to deteriorate rapidly or damage other premises if nothing is done about it.
Local authorities are also able to serve maintenance orders, so as to prevent houses falling into disrepair in the first place. Owners can be required to produce a maintenance plan for up to a five year period where living accommodation has not been, or is unlikely to be, maintained to reasonable standard, or where the benefit of work from a work notice has been reduced or lost.
A local authority is able to enforce a work notice or maintenance plan, and recover the costs for doing so, where the owner fails to implement it.
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