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Meeting of the Parliament 06 October 2016 [Draft] : 06 October 2016
I make two points to Mr Cole-Hamilton. First, it is absolutely essential that every child’s circumstances are taken into account in the way in which their educati...
I thank Mr Balfour for his question. I am involved in much of that dialogue already. I assure him that, having engaged—as the First Minister has engaged—very rece...
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (John Swinney)
The improvement of health and wellbeing has been identified as one of the key priorities in the national improvement framework, because we recognise that children need to feel safe and cared...
Meeting of the Parliament 04 October 2016 [Draft] : 04 October 2016
I wonder whether Liz Smith would like to reflect on something else that came from the Conservative Party conference: the Prime Minister’s remark that clinicians in our national health servic...
I have a simple point to make. The budget process was delayed this year for the same reason that it was delayed last year: the d...
Will the member take an intervention?
Meeting of the Parliament 28 September 2016 [Draft] : 28 September 2016
Mr Macdonald raises a significant point. The experience of what has emerged as the northern alliance of authorities in part of the area that Mr Macdonald represen...
I launched the governance review on 13 September, and it will run until 6 January 2017.
I certainly believe that the framework that we have in place, including the legislative framework of the 2009 act, should address exactly Mr Doris’s point. I am o...
Our ambition is to deliver equity and excellence for all children and young people, supporting them to reach their full potential, including those affected by aut...
That the Education and Skills Committee recommends that the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Part 4 and Part 5 Complaints) Revocation Order 2016 [draft] be approved.
Supported by: Mark McDonald
As an amendment to motion S5M-00345 in the name of Liz Smith (Education), leave out from “, irrespective” to end and insert “believes that most children and young people get all the help and support that they need from their parents or guardians, wider family and community but that sometimes some of them may need extra support; supports the creation of the Named Person role to provide a central point of contact if a child, young person or their parents or guardians want information or advice and, where appropriate, reach out to different services that can help; recognises that the Named Person provisions of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 are backed by leading child welfare organisations, including Barnardo’s, Save the Children, Children 1st, Children in Scotland, Aberlour and the NSPCC, and by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Federation; acknowledges, however, the concerns that some people have expressed about the implementation of the policy, and agrees that more must be done to ensure that implementation is successful and that the Scottish Government should, therefore, refresh the guidance provided to professionals and the communication of the policy to the public.”
Supported by: Mark McDonald, Shirley-Anne Somerville
That the Parliament notes the agreement on a fiscal framework for the Scotland Bill published by the Scottish and UK governments on 25 February 2016, and agrees that the Scotland Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 28 May 2015, as amended, should be considered by the UK Parliament.
Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Joe FitzPatrick
That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Fiscal Commission Bill be passed.
Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Fergus Ewing
That the Parliament agrees that the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be passed.
That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provision of the Enterprise Bill, introduced by amendment in the House of Commons on 2 February 2016, which relates to apprenticeships information sharing, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or alter the executive functions of the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.
Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Joe FitzPatrick
That the Finance Committee recommends that the Scottish Landfill Tax (Standard Rate and Lower Rate) Order 2016 be approved.
That the Finance Committee recommends that the Scottish Landfill Tax (Qualifying Material) Order 2016 be approved.
That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2016 [draft] be approved.
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