Elaine Smith MSP

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Elaine Smith MSP

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  • Member for: Coatbridge and Chryston
  • Region: Central Scotland
  • Party: Scottish Labour

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Parliamentary Activities

Deputy Presiding Officer

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Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : 29 January 2015
The Deputy Presiding Officer (Elaine Smith)

The next item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S4M-11796, in the name of David Stewart, on educational psychologist numbers at dangerously low levels in Scotland. The debate will be concluded without any question being put.

Motion debated,

That the Parliament recognises the report by the National Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists and the Scottish Division of Educational Psychologists, which considers that the number of trained educational psychologists in Scotland is “dangerously low” and that psychological services in Scotland are reporting a significant increase in demand; understands that up to a quarter of educational psychologists may retire in the next four years and that there are too few trainees being recruited to fill this skills gap; believes that the ratio of educational psychologists was worse in 2012 than in 2001 and that, currently, around 394 educational psychologists are working in Scotland while the profession estimates the need for around 1,025; understands that the removal of the bursary paid to each trainee by the Scottish Government means that new trainees need to have access to around £25,000 to self-fund course fees, travel and living expenses, which has led to a 70% drop in applicants and a negative impact on the quality of candidates; considers that this has also created difficulties for students wishing to access courses who are resident in the Highlands and Islands and remote and rural parts of Scotland, and believes that a fall in the standards of assessment of children will undermine advances in early years intervention and, in particular, the educational advice open to children with learning difficulties and those with autistic spectrum disorder.

12:33  

Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : 29 January 2015
The Deputy Presiding Officer (Elaine Smith)

We do not have a lot of time, Mr Brown, but I will give you an extra minute.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : 29 January 2015
The Deputy Presiding Officer

I can give you more time, if you wish.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : 29 January 2015
The Deputy Presiding Officer

You must begin to close now.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : 29 January 2015
The Deputy Presiding Officer

You must close.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : 29 January 2015
The Deputy Presiding Officer

Please be brief, Mr McDonald.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : 29 January 2015
The Deputy Presiding Officer

You must draw to a close, please.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : 29 January 2015
The Deputy Presiding Officer

I am afraid that we have just about used up the extra time that we had. Members will need to take interventions in their own time from now on.

16:23  

Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : 29 January 2015
The Deputy Presiding Officer

We turn to the closing speeches.

16:38  

Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : 29 January 2015
The Deputy Presiding Officer

Order, please.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12182.1 Alex Fergusson: The Chilcot Inquiry—As an amendment to motion S4M-12182 in the name of N
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AbstainDefeated

S4M-12182 Nicola Sturgeon: The Chilcot Inquiry—That the Parliament calls for Sir John Chilcot’s offi
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YesCarried

S4M-12176 John Swinney: Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the gene
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YesCarried

S4M-12160.2 Michael Matheson: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Kez
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AbstainCarried

S4M-12160.3 Margaret Mitchell: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Ke
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YesDefeated

S4M-12160 Kezia Dugdale: Women Offenders—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Scottish G
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YesCarried

S4M-12154.1 Lewis Macdonald: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) – Supporting Indivi
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YesDefeated

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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Not VotedDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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AbstainCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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YesDefeated

Search for other Motions lodged by Elaine Smith
EventIdTypeSub TypeMSP NameParty NameConstituencyRegionTitleItemTextFormattedAnswer DateAnswerStatusIdExpectedAnswerDateAnsweredByMspApprovedDateSubmissionDateMeetingDateProductionStatusIdRecordStatusIdStatus DateOnBehalfOfConsideredForMembersBusinessCrossPartySupportRegisteredInterestSupportCountSupportDateIsEventLinkCurrentMinister
Motion S4M-12102: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11962: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11865: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11526: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11135: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11083: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11051: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10742: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10669: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10479: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Search for other Questions asked by Elaine Smith
EventIdTypeSub TypeMSP NameParty NameConstituencyRegionTitleItemTextFormattedAnswer DateAnswerStatusIdExpectedAnswerDateAnsweredByMspApprovedDateSubmissionDateMeetingDateProductionStatusIdRecordStatusIdStatus DateOnBehalfOfConsideredForMembersBusinessCrossPartySupportRegisteredInterestSupportCountSupportDateIsEventLinkCurrentMinister
Question S4W-24252: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23714: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23715: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03844: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23273: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23272: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23270: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23271: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22760: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22761: Elaine Smith, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>

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