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Month: November 2016

Fur Imports

Fur Imports

It is worth noting at the outset that animal welfare is the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament. The SNP Scottish Government are committed to protecting and promoting our natural environment, and will build upon our success in conserving wildlife and habitats, including working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure we are working towards having the highest animal welfare standards possible.    As you note, the European Union also plays a key role when it comes to guaranteeing the welfare of…

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Bilateral Investment Treaties

Bilateral Investment Treaties

The SNP has concerns that UK international investment policy has not kept pace with commitments on human rights, the environment and international development. Most especially that the formulation of existing Bilateral Investment Treaties may prevent partner countries from implementing policies to further progress in those areas. Furthermore, we think that the process for parliamentary scrutiny in the UK is inadequate.   My SNP colleagues and I wish to see the Secretary of State for International Trade to undertake a full…

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Childhood Obesity Strategy

Childhood Obesity Strategy

Scotland’s health is of high importance and I am proud my colleagues in the SNP Scottish Government have ensured health spending has increased to record levels under the SNP, with Scotland’s health budget rising to a record high of nearly £13 billion this year, which includes a £250 million investment to be directed to Health and Social Care partnerships, to ensure improved outcomes in social care and support integration.   The UK Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, which was published in…

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Disability Equality Training Bill

Disability Equality Training Bill

This Bill would only apply in England and Wales. Unfortunately, the chances of this Bill becoming law are slim as very little parliamentary time is dedicated to the consideration of Private Members’ Bills.   Nevertheless, the SNP Government in Scotland are committed to protecting the rights of disabled people to live with dignity and respect as independently as possible. Ministers in Scotland monitor closely events and changes in other regions of the United Kingdom to ensure best practise is achieved…

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Humanitarian Situation Facing Children in Yemen

Humanitarian Situation Facing Children in Yemen

World attention on conflict in the Middle East tends to focus on Syria and Iraq and sadly, the catastrophic war in Yemen is largely overlooked; despite the conflict claiming many lives, causing untold damage and forcing millions of people to flee from their homes. The SNP have called on the UK Government to stop their sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and urged the UK Government to encourage all parties in the conflict to agree to an immediate ceasefire.  …

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Talking Buses

Talking Buses

I am familiar with the campaign from Guide Dogs UK to have AV equipment installed on all public transport buses by law, and I am supportive of public transport of all forms being accessible to those with physical impairments. I am firmly of the view that audio and visual displays and announcements would make public transport far more accessible to those with sight and hearing difficulties. Although transport is a matter devolved to the Scottish Parliament, the regulation of public…

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Support for Those with MS at Work

Support for Those with MS at Work

I firmly believe that those who suffer from MS should have employment support which works for them. My SNP colleagues and I broadly welcome the recent announcement from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Green Paper, “Work, health and disability: improving lives”, but remain concerned that cuts are still due to take place before the Green Paper can be considered or the potential measures implemented.   My SNP colleague Neil Gray MP recently led a debate…

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Imprisonment of Palestinian Children

Imprisonment of Palestinian Children

The protection and safety of civilians, and above all children, in conflict zones is a matter which the SNP takes very seriously. During this Parliament, we have consistently pressed the UK Government and others to meet their legal obligations under International Humanitarian Law and indeed their moral obligations in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and indeed Israel and Palestine.   We are proud to represent so many people in Scotland who care deeply about the peoples of the Middle East and the…

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