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Month: December 2016

MP’s Pension Fund Investments

MP’s Pension Fund Investments

I agree that pension funds – especially those which manage public money – should always seek to invest ethically. The regulation of most public procurement and public pension schemes is devolved to the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government regulations on local authority public procurement have taken a 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. In respect of the MPs’ Contributory Pension Scheme,…

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Shaw Consultation / EDM689

Shaw Consultation / EDM689

I should clarify at the outset that the Land Registry is the land registration service for England and Wales only. This issue is devolved to the Scottish Parliament, with the Registers of Scotland being the corresponding body. There are no plans to privatise the Registers of Scotland. You also raise concerns in respect of the potential privatisation of Channel 4, the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and Ordnance Survey. My SNP colleagues and I share your concerns about the Tory…

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Children with Autism

Children with Autism

I should say at the outset that many of the action points on supporting children and young people with autism that you outline in your email are the responsibility of the Scottish Government. Autism is a national priority for the SNP Scottish Government, and we have developed and created a new Scottish Strategy for Autism is to ensure that progress is made across Scotland in delivering quality services in a  holistic, joined-up approach. This includes steps to improve diagnosis and…

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AMD (Macular Society) Research

AMD (Macular Society) Research

Research and development into age-related macular degeneration, and other illnesses which cause long-term disability, is vital to ensuring cost-effective treatments can be created which either cure these diseases or allow people to live as independently as possible with their illness.   It was recently announced that a drug which could become the first treatment for dry age-related macular degeneration is being trialled in Scotland for the first time. This will be part of a study that is taking place across…

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Employment Support Allowance Work Related Activity Groups (ESA WRAG)

Employment Support Allowance Work Related Activity Groups (ESA WRAG)

I am pleased that the debate that had taken place on the 17th November was secured by my SNP colleague Neil Gray MP, who has worked tirelessly to draw attention to this issue.   The SNP used this debate to secure cross-party support for a motion to pause the cuts to ESA WRAG until adequate support, as promised by the Tory UK Government, is in place for sick and disabled people. We alongside other political parties  called for the Chancellor…

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Universal Credit Must Be Fit For Families

Universal Credit Must Be Fit For Families

The cut to the Work Allowance from April next year will slash the income of working Universal Credit claimants, pushing working people into poverty. The Institute for Fiscal Studies have calculated in the long-term that over 3 million working families will lose an average of over £1,000 a year as a result of the Work Allowance cut. By cutting the Work Allowance, the Tory UK Government are going to impose an eye-watering level of marginal taxation on people in low-paid…

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CCTV in Equine Slaughterhouses

CCTV in Equine Slaughterhouses

It is worth noting at the outset that animal welfare is the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament. The SNP Scottish Government are committed to working towards having the highest animal welfare standards possible.    CCTV is an important initiative that will contribute to animal welfare across all the nations of the UK. The SNP Scottish Government, along with the Food Standards Agency (FSA), already recommend the installation of CCTV as best practice in the monitoring of the welfare of animals…

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