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Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Maureen Watt

That might say more about whether Governments respect the legislation that they pass.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Maureen Watt

I suspect that, in giving that answer, you were coming at the issue from the point of view of voters, but do you have a view on it as an organisation that is cons...

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Maureen Watt

The term length of a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament is two years. The purpose of that is probably to get sufficient turnover and to get more people invol...

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Maureen Watt

My question follows on from that. Are we not placing too much emphasis on randomisation? People do not normally vote for candidates; they vote for parties. The ca...

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Maureen Watt

We will maybe come on to how to increase turnout later.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Maureen Watt

To be clear, are you saying that, so far, you cannot see any difference between the turnouts for four-year terms and five-year terms?

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Maureen Watt

Why do you say that elections should be at different points? Other jurisdictions have presidential elections, parliamentary elections and council elections all at...

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Maureen Watt (Aberdeen South and North Kincardine) (SNP)

As you know, there has been quite a debate about term length, and the Scottish Parliament has already had different term lengths during its short life. What is yo...

Meeting of the Parliament 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Maureen Watt (Aberdeen South and North Kincardine) (SNP)

The First Minister will be aware that the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has pledged that the Tories will cut overall immigration and end freedom of movement if Bor...

Meeting of the Parliament 14 November 2019 [Draft] : 14 November 2019 View PDF version
Maureen Watt

I am sure that, like me, the minister was saddened and angered to hear that Community Food Initiatives North East, the Aberdeen-based community food bank—a great ...

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