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European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Clare Adamson (Central Scotland) (SNP)

I have a comment on the European Commission’s selection process. Observing the possible candidates, I am struck that there is not a gender balance, to say the least. I wonder whether that is something that we can look into, to discover what equalities mechanisms, if any, are used in proposing the commissioners.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Clare Adamson

I have a supplementary question. We have talked a lot about immigration, but one of the challenges that Scotland faces is emigration and a reducing population. Given that we are where we are following the referendum, with different challenges arising across the UK, how will you address the issue? I was struck during the referendum campaign that—albeit anecdotally—there is a perception that somehow Scotland is full up. I do not think that our population fully understand some of the challenges that a reducing population could bring.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Clare Adamson

That leads me to another question that I want to ask, which relates to the other side of your portfolio—culture. We had a successful international culture summit here in the summer, whose theme was culture as a currency of trust. I note that research and creativity is one of your four priority areas. Will you give us some insight into how arts and humanities will take part in that process and what benefits that will bring to Scotland?



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Clare Adamson

Your opening remarks comprehensively set out the priorities. I was particularly struck by your commitment to human rights, which is of great concern to the committee. I welcome the fact that you mentioned the issue of gender balance on European boards. I should say that, earlier in the meeting, I mentioned that I was a little bit disappointed that the current cohort of commissioners does not have a gender balance, although I do not expect you to respond to that; it was just a comment.

I want to examine an area that is of great concern to us, as we face a UK election next year. There has been a rise in the polls, and in representation, of Europhobic parties, and the UK could be facing an in/out referendum on Europe. Scotland, traditionally, has been much more Europhile than the rest of the UK. Indeed, the Conservative member of this committee, who is not here today, is a Europhile, which makes him perhaps unique in his party at the moment. Given the situation that we are facing in relation to the general election that will soon be upon us, can you give us some practical examples of what help could be given in terms of your priority about European citizens’ confidence in European membership, and what you can do to explain to citizens the benefits of European membership?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Clare Adamson (Central Scotland) (SNP)

I congratulate Christina McKelvie on securing this important debate, which gives us an opportunity to reflect once again on the great civic participation in Scotland during the referendum campaign.

There are many examples of how young people have engaged in the process through schools, youth clubs and the Scottish Youth Parliament, which Ms McKelvie has already mentioned. I want to highlight in particular one group of young people and their response to the referendum.

The Scottish Youth Theatre, which is Scotland’s national theatre for and by children and young people, chose to have independence as the centre of its deliberations over the two years that led up to the referendum. By choosing to use independence as the theme, the aim was to prompt young people to ask questions and to allow them to voice their fears and research all aspects on all sides of the debate.

That was reflected in the many versions of the “Now’s The Hour” production, which was performed as part of the Scottish Youth Theatre’s summer festival in 2013 and went on to be adapted and performed in many areas. The concept was very interesting and unique. The young people wrote a letter to their future selves that expressed their deliberations on the referendum process. Above all, the production was really entertaining. I had the delight of seeing it in the Parliament during the festival of politics in 2013. I attended it with my son, who was then 16 years old and was going through the same process. He found it thought provoking, informed, fun and reflective of young people and their maturity in the way that they were approaching the matter. A BBC documentary about the production was broadcast in April 2014.

The young people took part in a collaboration in the cross-party group on culture in the Parliament in May 2014. Undaunted by an esteemed audience that included the National Theatre of Scotland, which was also performing, and a panel that included Ruth Wishart and Billy Kay, the young people performed part of “Now’s The Hour”, went on to engage with and talk to people who attended the cross-party group, and gave more insight into their experience of what they were doing in their deliberations on the referendum.

It was a fantastic opportunity for young people. Many people were able to see the production at the Edinburgh fringe, during which it was performed every lunch time. It was a great reflection of our young people and of Scotland’s support for young people through the Scottish Youth Theatre. For 38 years, the Scottish Youth Theatre has been giving children and young people in Scotland a wide variety of opportunities to participate in high-quality theatre, which has given them a voice. We owe the theatre a great debt, and we should offer it great thanks for those opportunities.

The Scottish Youth Theatre puts young people at the centre of everything that it does. It believes that every young person in Scotland has a great deal to offer and, in its work, it gives those young people a chance to shine. If we put our young people at the heart of everything that we do, we can expect the same wonderful outcomes that were shown by “Now’s the Hour”.

The argument for extending the franchise should not be doubted. If anyone does doubt it, they should go and look at the work of the Scottish Youth Theatre and the amazing young people who took part in it. I hope that in the future the franchise will be extended in all elections. I encourage every young person involved in politics and youth organisations to consider making their views known to the Smith commission.

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Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Clare Adamson (Central Scotland) (SNP)

The cabinet secretary mentioned the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Act 2013. One of the key strengths of that act was the reintroduction of collective bargaining in the college sector, a move which the Labour members of the Parliament voted against. Will he confirm that the colleges will take that forward in the future?



Education and Culture Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Clare Adamson (Central Scotland) (SNP)

Good morning, cabinet secretary. You have already touched on a couple of issues that are to do with embedding the general principles of CFE in future, particularly the three-plus-three model of teaching.

There is also concern around the principle of the number of subjects that are chosen. You have mentioned the fact that pupils have contributed to that debate. Is there more work to be done to explain that a reduction in the number of subjects does not necessarily mean a reduction in the curriculum and learning experience of young people? How will that be communicated to parents, carers and the wider community, including employers?

I was particularly concerned to note that the evidence that the Royal Society of Edinburgh gave last week suggested that the reduction in the number of subjects is seen as an issue with curriculum for excellence. To my mind, the general principle is the important thing—the breadth and experience of young people, and the outcomes. I invite you to touch on those general principles in a bit more detail.



Education and Culture Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Clare Adamson (Central Scotland) (SNP)

Culture change has been mentioned, and tackling that is probably one of the biggest challenges in any organisation. Larry Flanagan mentioned that earlier. I take it from what Richard Goring said—correct me if I am wrong—that a lot of the stress that teachers are experiencing is to do with not having confidence.

I want to gauge from the witnesses where the responsibility for the culture change lies. Is there anything more that the SQA and Education Scotland can do? Is it now down to local authorities? How will it be fixed? Will that have to be done at school level?



Education and Culture Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Clare Adamson

Mary Scanlon asked about the original aspirations for CFE. I want to put my question on that in the context of the wider community, including parents and carers. Have the aspirations been effectively communicated to parents? Moving forward, will the two-plus-two model move to a three-plus-three model across the country? Given the paper by the RSE, is there still a perception that reducing the number of subjects studied will be a disadvantage to students? Because of pressures and perceptions from outside, do you think that we might end up with variations among local authorities in subject areas and therefore geographic variations in implementation?



Meeting of the Parliament 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014
Clare Adamson (Central Scotland) (SNP) Will the member take an intervention?

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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