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Month: August 2016

Rail Fare Increases

Rail Fare Increases

Responsibility for rail transport is largely devolved to the Scottish Parliament.  The Scottish Government wants to encourage more people take the train and recognises that prices have to be affordable and fair.   In Scotland, ScotRail is operated by Abellio. The SNP Scottish Government was keen to ensure that the operator delivered a good deal for the people of Scotland. As a result of the deal, passengers and staff now enjoy a range of benefits including: advance fares starting at…

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Seal Slaughter

Seal Slaughter

Animal welfare and the management of the marine environment is devolved to the Scottish Government.   At present, the SNP Scottish Government protects seals by making it illegal to kill or injure a seal except under licence or for welfare reasons. Unregulated seal shooting – which was permitted under previous legislation – is outlawed.   The Scottish Government is very much alive to the need for protection of declining Common Seal populations. The current seal licensing system provides a well-regulated…

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Openreach

Openreach

The SNP Scottish Government has committed to ensuring that 100% of homes and business premises in Scotland have access to superfast broadband by 2021. My colleagues in the SNP Scottish Government are also investing in the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme to extend superfast broadband into areas which are not being reached by the market alone – particularly rural and remote parts Scotland.   Our £410m Digital Broadband Scotland programme has already delivered broadband to 85% of premises in Scotland,…

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Equality & Human Rights Commission

Equality & Human Rights Commission

The EHRC is an important body which contributes hugely towards eliminating discrimination, reducing inequality, protecting and promoting human rights, and ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.   My SNP colleagues and I, both in the Scottish Government and at Westminster, were elected on manifestos which promised to promote equality and protect human rights. In 2014, the SNP Scottish Government produced only the third cabinet in the developed world to be gender-balanced. We have also pledged to do all we can…

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END BREASTFEEDING STIGMA

END BREASTFEEDING STIGMA

SNP MP Alison Thewliss is calling on the commitments from World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) – which finished on Sunday- to continue, and for MPs to join the campaign to raise awareness and end the stigma surrounding breast feeding in public.   A key objective of WBW has also been informing people of the role breastfeeding can play in sustainable development, as well as the wider health benefits.   Alison Thewliss, Chair of Westminster’s APPG on Infant Feeding & Inequalities, commented:…

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Digital Exclusion of People with Sensory Loss

Digital Exclusion of People with Sensory Loss

Sensory loss is an extremely important issue that the SNP Scottish Government takes very seriously. In 2014, more than one million people in Scotland experienced either hearing loss or significant sight loss – nearly 20% of the population.   It is both important and welcome that some digital services companies have already announced plans to increase their provision of subtitles on digital content, but more can be done. The UK Government must continue to evaluate the current regulatory framework for…

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Dangerous Dogs

Dangerous Dogs

Animal welfare is a matter which is devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The SNP Scottish Government have modernised the law on control of dogs in Scotland, in order to tackle the problem of irresponsible dog ownership. The Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 is designed to highlight the responsibilities of dog owners by putting in place a regime that will identify out of control dogs at an early juncture and provide measures to change the behaviour of these dogs and…

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Brain Tumour Medication

Brain Tumour Medication

The system for which drugs are made available on the NHS in Scotland is different from that of England. The Scottish NHS seeks guidance from the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) rather than NICE. Everolimus has not yet been submitted by the holder of the marketing authorisation for consideration for this use in Scotland.  The SMC are therefore unable to recommend its use at present. I understand that the procedures that new drugs have to pass through can often seem complex and frustrating. But these processes exist to…

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