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Month: October 2016

Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847 (Amendment) Bill – Banning Live Animal Exports

Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847 (Amendment) Bill – Banning Live Animal Exports

This Bill, which was brought forward by Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay, relates to local authorities in England and Wales but does affect livestock from Scotland, some of which is transported via these routes. Live animal exports are very tightly regulated – particularly by the European Union – in order to ensure animal welfare. Local authorities have the primary responsibility for enforcing the EU regulations on live animal exports to ensure animals are protected during transportation, while veterinary inspectors from the…

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SNP SECURES VICTORY IN “NUISANCE CALLS” CAMPAIGN

SNP SECURES VICTORY IN “NUISANCE CALLS” CAMPAIGN

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has welcomed moves by the UK Government to clampdown on nuisance calls by changing the law following a campaign by the North Ayrshire and Arran MP, Patricia Gibson. Patricia Gibson MP’s Unsolicited Marketing Communications (Company Directors): Ten Minute Rule Bill was introduced to Parliament on 13 September and included provisions to hold company bosses personally responsible for nuisance calls, by giving the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) the power to take action against named company directors found to…

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OXFORD STUDY TIES TORY BENEFIT SANCTIONS TO FOOD BANK USE

OXFORD STUDY TIES TORY BENEFIT SANCTIONS TO FOOD BANK USE

FURTHER PROOF OF TORY GOVERNMENT ATTACKS ON THE POOREST IN SOCIETY   The SNP has highlighted a report from the University of Oxford which found a “robust link” between increases in the number of benefit sanctions handed out by the DWP and rising number of adults receiving food parcels – offering further proof of the deeply damaging impact of Tory welfare policies.   The study found a direct relationship between the numbers of sanctions and the level of referrals to…

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SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT BILL TO PARDON THOSE CONVICTED UNDER HOMOPHOBIC LAWS

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT BILL TO PARDON THOSE CONVICTED UNDER HOMOPHOBIC LAWS

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP and Gil Paterson MSP have welcomed the announcement that the Scottish Government will bring forward a Scottish ‘Turing Law’ to pardon automatically gay and bisexual men convicted for same-sex sexual activity under homophobic laws which are no longer on the statute book. Under the Scottish Government’s proposed legislation all those who have convictions for same-sex sexual activity that is now lawful will automatically be pardoned. Separately the Scottish Government has also been engaging with Police Scotland over…

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Boundary Commission Proposals (UK House of Commons Constituencies)

Boundary Commission Proposals (UK House of Commons Constituencies)

SNP COMMENT ON BOUNDARY COMMISSION PROPOSALS   Commenting on proposals published today by the Boundary Commission for Scotland, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP said:   “The proposals to cut the number of elected representatives in Scotland are unacceptable.   “At a time when Scotland already faces a deep and growing democratic deficit, with a Tory government that we didn’t vote for imposing increasingly right-wing policies against our will, it is vital that the Scottish people have strong elected representation…

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RBS Dash for Cash

RBS Dash for Cash

My SNP colleagues and I are appalled by the shameful “dash for cash” RBS scandal. We passionately believe in an economy that works for all, and in a banking sector that protects consumers.   During Treasury Questions on the 25th October 2016, the SNP called on the UK Government to respond to the scandal. The Chancellor of the Exchequer stated that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) would commence an investigation into this behaviour, and my SNP colleagues and I will…

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Local Authority Pension Regulations (England & Wales Only)

Local Authority Pension Regulations (England & Wales Only)

I want to make it clear from the outset that these guidelines do not affect Scotland, where the regulation of public procurement and public pension schemes is devolved to the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government regulations on local authority public procurement have taken a much more considerate approach to this matter, with due regard given to the need for prudent financial investments as well as valid social, environmental and ethical considerations.   We have seen some excellent examples of sustainable…

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