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Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
4. Drew Smith (Glasgow) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in developing its low emissions strategy. (S4O-03666)



Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Drew Smith

I look forward to the strategy. Earlier this year, Health Protection Scotland attributed pollution as a cause of death in 306 cases in Glasgow, which is the highest number in the country. I note that the draft budget includes no additional funding to improve air quality. What action can the minister point to that can reassure me that it is a priority for the Scottish Government?



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
7. Drew Smith (Glasgow) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government how it supports women in taking up places on training courses. (S4O-03617)



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Drew Smith

Since the Government came to power, the number of women who access college courses has fallen dramatically while childcare costs have risen to among the highest in Europe. Does the cabinet secretary agree that one of the first priorities should be the provision of childcare places to any parent who has a child under five and who is seeking to access a college course?



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Drew Smith (Glasgow) (Lab)

This is an important and timely debate. I thank the Scottish Government for bringing the motion before Parliament. At the outset, I say that Labour members will support the motion today as we fully support the work of the Smith commission. We welcome the fact that it is now taking forward the work to entrench and enhance devolution within our United Kingdom. That that is happening so quickly after the referendum is obviously welcomed on this side because we were clear before the referendum that, if Scotland chose to remain within the UK, it would be a vote not just for partnership with our closest neighbours and friends in the rest of Britain—and, as the Deputy First Minister suggested, the first-ever democratic endorsement of the union—but a vote of confidence in devolution, as well as the best result for jobs, public services, businesses and people alike.

The amendment in the name of lain Gray makes clear that the contributions of all parties should be noted and welcomed alongside the proposals that the Scottish Government brought forward—after the vote, of course.

The referendum was the biggest exercise in democratic participation that our nation has ever seen. It is, therefore, important that participation in this process is as wide as possible, within the timescales that were set out to the Scottish people, which have been honoured to date, and which we believe must continue to be honoured.

The task is to achieve the greatest possible agreement between the political parties, just as has been done by the pro-devolution parties and our other partners. I hope that, across the chamber, we share an objective of wanting to see the Scottish Parliament strengthened and entrenched in the constitutional settlement that the Scottish people have themselves chosen.

Labour’s proposals for devolution were published some seven months ago, following months of consultation within our party and with academics, trades unions, business and a variety of interested individuals and groups. Many of those groups will make their own submission to the Smith commission directly. Again, we welcome that. Earlier this month, Scottish Labour submitted our proposals, which have been agreed by our annual conference. Along with our proposal for a UK constitutional convention, those changes are what we have already guaranteed will be delivered by the next Labour Government.



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Drew Smith

Not at the moment, Mr Crawford.

The other parties have their own commitments and, for the first time, the Scottish National Party has accepted that devolution, and a strong Scottish Parliament within rather than out of the United Kingdom, is the people’s settled will.

Labour’s proposals were developed on the basis that we wished to bring forward powers for the Parliament—



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Drew Smith

I am about to describe Labour’s proposals, if the Deputy First Minister will allow me to do so. I would simply say that we are not going to—[Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Drew Smith

We are not going to negotiate an outcome to the Smith commission that should rightly take place within the Smith commission.

Our proposals were clearly aligned to progressive purposes. On tax and welfare, the work programme, entrenching the Parliament, housing benefit, the railways, health and safety, access to employment tribunals, attendance allowance, equalities, and double devolution, our desire is to devolve power not just to this place but away from it, to local government and the communities that it serves.



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Drew Smith

No thank you, Ms White.

We are interested not in power for its own sake but in the purposes for which it can be used to secure and enhance the devolution settlement and to make a difference to the people we seek to represent.



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Drew Smith

There are issues that have been raised in the context of the independence debate, which, as the Deputy First Minister said, showed an explosion in engagement and ideas. That should inform what happens next.

There are also issues that have been debated for longer and over the period of successive Governments. Beyond that, we need to think carefully about the issues that are likely to continue to be of importance, such as our demographic challenge, the inevitable decline of revenues available from finite resources, such as oil and gas, as a major component of our economic success, and the continuing challenge of climate change and our approach to issues such as hydraulic fracking.

Any division of power between different layers of government will create potential inconsistencies and necessitate partnership working between those different levels. Rather than seeing that as a problem to be overcome, we should understand that the instruction that the people of Scotland have given us is to work together—a strong Scottish Parliament and a partnership with the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. I hope that the process of the Smith commission and the transfer of powers that will follow it, and the good will that we show to each other, will mean that new partnership arrangements are created between this Parliament and Government elsewhere in the UK, and indeed at the UK level.

Entrenching the Parliament means setting out explicitly that this is a permanent feature of our constitution, endorsed, as it has been, by not one but now two referendums. I disagree with the UK Government’s proposals in relation to the Human Rights Act 1998 but I would regret any suggestion that many of our most fundamental rights should be different, or competing, in different parts of the UK.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

Selection of the Parliament's Nominee for First Minister
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Selection of the Parliament's Nominee for First Minister
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Selection of the Parliament's Nominee for First Minister
YesCarried

S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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NoCarried

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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Not VotedDefeated

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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Not VotedCarried

S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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NoDefeated

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Motion S4M-11564: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11563: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11561: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11140: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11130: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10682: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10675: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10508: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10482: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-23258: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03742: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03666: Drew Smith, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>

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