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Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener (Bruce Crawford)

Good morning, colleagues, and welcome to the third meeting of the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee. As usual, I remind colleagues to switch off their mobile phones or put them into a mode that will not interfere with our proceedings.

Agenda item 1 is a decision on whether to take in private item 2. Are we agreed?

Members indicated agreement.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener

Thank you very much. We will now discuss the committee’s work programme, so I ask those who should not be here to remove themselves.

10:01 Meeting continued in private until 10:40.  

Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
14. Bruce Crawford (Stirling) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides for people and their families living with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. (S4O-03714)



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Bruce Crawford

Does the minister agree that FOP is one of the rarest and most disabling genetic conditions known to medicine? It causes bone to form in muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue. It progressively restricts movement and, in effect, imprisons a person in their body’s bone.

I have a family in my constituency with a member who is badly affected by FOP. The family seeks help through the open market shared equity scheme or any other scheme that might be available to improve the quality of their housing. Will the minister agree to my meeting an appropriate official to discuss how we might best address the family’s needs, not to help the condition to be cured but to ensure that their quality of life is significantly improved?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
5. Bruce Crawford (Stirling) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what importance it places on the delivery of a high-quality music experience for primary school children. (S4O-03687)



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Bruce Crawford

Is the cabinet secretary aware that Stirling Council’s Labour-Conservative administration has again proposed a savings option to remove specialist music teaching, which will have a huge impact on the musical experience of about 6,000 pupils? Does the Scottish Government share my view that to bring back that savings option only eight months after having discounted it will have a severe impact on the morale of the music teachers involved, will leave parents and parent council members feeling that they have not been listened to and is no way to treat people?



Meeting of the Parliament 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Bruce Crawford (Stirling) (SNP)

I sincerely thank Christina McKelvie and congratulate her on bringing the motion to the Parliament for debate on what is probably the most poignant day for it: the 11th day of the 11th month. Please forgive me for taking a little time to speak about the hellish conflict of world war one. I do so for a purpose, as I want to talk about Stirling’s role in it.

Because of Stirling’s central location and railway station, it became an important recruitment centre for Scotland in the first world war. As well as being a base for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Stirling acted as a recruitment and transit centre for the thousands of men who made their way from there to the hell of the trenches. Recruits generally stayed for a few days, were medically examined, issued their equipment and then shipped off to more permanent bases. Much of the training of the volunteers involved the digging and backfilling of trenches in King’s park in Stirling and in Plean country park.

In Stirling, people became used to the sight and particularly the sound of soldiers marching to the playing of pipes from Stirling castle to the railway station as they left for war. At the beginning of the war, hundreds were piped out of the castle, but the sound of the pipes gradually disappeared as the war went on and, eventually, near the end of that hellish conflict, the city fell silent—there were no pipers left. For me, that is one of the saddest aspects of Stirling’s military history.

For those who returned from the war, life would never be the same again. Of course, little or no support was available to them outside their immediate families. Today, however, we are lucky to have projects such as the armed services advice project, or ASAP, to support our servicemen and women returning from conflict zones. To have a service that provides advice specifically to the armed forces community in my constituency is a real benefit not only to the service users but to the community as a whole.

In Stirling, we are lucky enough to have a local adviser called Ally Gemmell, who is there to assist and advise those who have problems that may have been exacerbated by their service experience and any conflict that they have been involved in. Ally and the other advisers across Scotland provide specialist assistance and have links with other organisations in their local areas, which allow them to tie in support from those who have the best knowledge and resources. The advisers are fantastic at pulling people together. My constituents who use the service really value and cherish the support that they receive.

As Christina McKelvie outlined, ASAP is no different from many other organisations when it comes to the challenges that it faces. In fact, a lot of its workload is due to the welfare reforms. In the past few years, citizens advice bureaux have had an increase in the number of inquiries regarding benefits, with 37 per cent of inquiries from veterans relating to the welfare changes. I find it incredible that we now have 24 new volunteers operating in the Stirling area. That is testament to the scale of the challenge.

Let me bring to life the support that ASAP provides with the story of a former Black Watch soldier from my constituency. This veteran, who was originally from Cambusbarron, joined the Black Watch aged 16 and served across the world in many dangerous war zones. After many years serving his country, he returned home to Scotland to continue with civilian life. Once home, his marriage fell apart, he ended up homeless and his life took a downwards spiral as he began to take drugs to help cope with the flashbacks that he was having from his time in the military. The armed services advice project was able to step in, offer support and help him to get a war pension and service allowance. If ASAP had not been there to help him, I dread to think what might have become of that man and where he would have turned to in his hour of need.

There are stories like that from throughout the country. They illustrate the dedication and hard work of the support workers from the project. The work that Citizens Advice Scotland, Poppyscotland and the armed services advice project are undertaking together is invaluable, to be cherished and, I have no doubt, life-saving on occasions, so I say thank you.

17:20  

Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 06 November 2014 : Thursday, November 06, 2014
The Convener (Bruce Crawford)

I welcome all my colleagues to the first meeting as the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee of the Scottish Parliament. I must say that we have a significant task to undertake on the proposals from the Smith commission in the heads of agreement, when they emerge. There will be a lot of detailed work for us to undertake over a significant period of time.

We have received apologies from Linda Fabiani, and Bill Kidd is here in her place. I have not yet heard about Tavish Scott, but I am sure that he will turn up at some stage.

At the beginning, I want to recognise the contribution of the clerk to our predecessor committee, the Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee, Andrew Mylne, who is with us today although he is sitting to the side, and the sage-like advice that he provided us with and the attention to detail that he contributed to our approach. I thank Andrew very warmly—and I am sure that others will want to do the same—for his fantastic efforts in helping us with the significant piece of work that we had to undertake. Obviously, this committee’s lifespan is now a lot longer, which is one of the reasons for the changes that have come about. Does anyone want to add to my remarks?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 06 November 2014 : Thursday, November 06, 2014
The Convener

I think that everybody accepts what has been said. Thank you, Andrew. We very much appreciated your contribution to our committee and we wish you well with the rest of your duties.

I now need to ask the committee to agree to take agenda items 2 and 3 in private. Are we happy to do that?

Members indicated agreement.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 06 November 2014 : Thursday, November 06, 2014
The Convener

Thank you very much.

10:02 Meeting continued in private until 10:50.  
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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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YesCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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NoDefeated

S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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YesCarried

S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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