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Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
Hanzala Malik (Glasgow) (Lab)

Thank you very much and good afternoon, Presiding Officer. It gives me pleasure to speak on the topic of supported businesses, as many disabled persons face practical and complex barriers to keeping sustained employment. Stigma, discrimination and lack of confidence and skills result in a low level of employment. Why should it be that only 46 per cent of working-age disabled people are employed, compared with 76 per cent of the general working-age population? In addition, 10 per cent of unemployed disabled people have been out of work for five years or more, compared with 3 per cent of non-disabled people. The question that must be asked is why.

I whole-heartedly agree with the principle of supported employment. It supports disabled people entering employment. Jobs should be integrated in a work environment and the job holder should always be paid the full rate for their work. I am keen to see the future development of more flexible policies that go beyond the basic framework.

Sadly, however, the Scottish National Party Government’s commitment to supported business has not come up to the mark. In 2012, Remploy was forced to close a factory in the north of Glasgow after the Scottish Government failed to step in and support it, despite calls for help. As a result, Springburn lost a factory that helped disabled people, and 49 workers lost their jobs into the bargain.

I accept that some efforts have been made in respect of the enforced closure of the five stage 2 Remploy factories, and the work of Haven protective technology solutions has gone some way to salvaging the devastation caused by those closures. That said, it is a bit late in the day to claim such benefits after the damage that was done in the first instance.

The impact of supported business should not be calculated only in terms of pounds and pennies. If public bodies do not give such businesses a chance in procurement, who will? The fact that, to date, 40 public bodies in Scotland have yet to award a single contract to a supported business is, quite frankly, shocking. I accept the minister’s comments that more needs to be done and I genuinely believe that he means that. However, if that is the case, he should accept our amendment, which will go some way towards tackling the difficult situation that disabled people find themselves in.

I also highlight to the minister the issue of how the minority communities are faring in all of this. I do not understand why figures in this area are not available, and I would appreciate it if some work could be carried out to allow us to tackle this issue.

The current framework holds together a system for supported business that is no longer fit for purpose, and a fresh look is required. We need to highlight initiatives such as specialist social enterprises, and a review of the field of supported business is now overdue and would be welcome.

I believe that the solution lies in understanding our own communities, the needs of people who have disabilities and the challenges that they face. It is very easy to publish glossy reports that do not deal with day-to-day difficulties that people face. For many families, life is becoming intolerable because people are not getting the simplest opportunities, and Jenny Marra’s amendment gives some small hope—a light at the end of the tunnel—that something can be done to support our disabled communities and, indeed, the organisations that seek to support them.

The fact is that, much of the time, many simply do not understand the needs of people who suffer from disabilities. They do not understand the apprehension that these people feel or the barriers that they face in coming out to work in the first instance. People need to be handled and supported, and it is the Government’s responsibility to ensure that we provide that kind of supportive mechanism if private industry, local authorities or other agencies fail to do so.

Our amendment goes some way towards doing that, and I ask the minister to give serious thought to it. I believe that his heart is in the right place and that everyone in the chamber has the right feeling about what we are trying to achieve but, if we are to be realistic and really mean what we say, we need to take on Jenny Marra’s amendment.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Hanzala Malik (Glasgow) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to stem the reported decline in the number of female students—



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
2. Hanzala Malik (Glasgow) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to stem the reported decline in the number of female students studying part-time vocational courses. (S4O-03612)



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Hanzala Malik

The substantial drop in women taking up part-time places across the board is mirrored in vocational courses. A constituent who came to my office is struggling to find a suitable training opportunity to fit in with her caring responsibilities. Can the cabinet secretary assure me that action will be taken to increase economic involvement by providing females with the means of obtaining education while balancing a family and/or part-time work in future?



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik (Glasgow) (Lab)

That is exactly the point that I wanted to make. The digital industry is a favourite subject for both me and Willie Coffey. It is high time that we tried to roll out as much of it out as we can. I am with Willie Coffey on that point; it should certainly be a priority for us.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

Members will recall that we made great efforts to ensure that someone was in place who could help organisations to apply for European funding. I have not yet heard how the approach is progressing. Have organisations been assisted? Have they been successful in bidding for funding? I would like some feedback on that, perhaps at our next meeting.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

Yes. This committee was instrumental in the creation of the post, and it would be interesting to hear about progress.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

I am not sure that she will have the detail, and I do not want to put her in a difficult position.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

I am happy to put her in a difficult position if you want me to do so, but I would rather not.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hanzala Malik

Good morning, cabinet secretary. You said a number of very interesting things about human rights and how what is proposed would affect us; you also drew attention to the UK’s diminishing military might.

A big issue is that we do not have a common immigration policy across Europe. How we can be part of a European Union, have free borders—to a degree—and not have the same immigration policy has always been a bone of contention for me. That works against the face of things.

Human rights are affected by people. We have seen boats turned away in the Mediterranean by European countries that may champion the human rights cause but which do not seem to practice those rights. The difference between the UK and some of the other European partners is that the UK honours the human rights policy. An issue for us in the UK is that, because we do not have a common immigration policy, it is very tempting to play around with the human rights legislation. That is dangerous, and it is a slippery slope to go down.

We have seen human rights eroded daily in relation to how we arrest and detain people. We are just making rules on the hoof as we go along and we are infringing people’s human rights. We can do this the right way or we can be like some of our European partners and do it the wrong way by taking action without following the convention that we have all signed up to.

Although it is absolutely right to look at the human rights legislation, where we stand is that, by making representations through our MPs, our views will be represented to the UK Government in the UK Parliament. I agree that we should not dilute our legislation any further—we have diluted it as much as I would want it to be diluted.

However, the world is changing rapidly and there are huge issues to consider, including very serious issues in Kurdistan and between India and Pakistan where, only a couple of days ago, we saw shelling. How people in different countries are affected is important. We are not interpreting human rights and immigration policies in the way that they ought to be interpreted. For example, there are people who are already in Europe who want to come to the UK. If those people are asylum seekers, they should be treated as such—that is what the legislation says—but in reality that does not happen.

As I say, re-examining the legislation is a good thing, but I agree that I would not want it to be diluted; indeed, I want it to be strengthened. What role, if any, will the Scottish Government have in that? That is what I do not understand. Do you believe that you have a role to play in influencing the UK Government, or do we need to get our views represented directly through our MPs?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11332.2 Jenny Marra: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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YesDefeated

S4M-11332.1 Gavin Brown: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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NoDefeated

S4M-11332 Fergus Ewing: Supported Business—That the Parliament recognises the economic and social va
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YesCarried

S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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YesCarried

S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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YesCarried

S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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NoCarried

S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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NoCarried

S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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NoCarried

S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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NoCarried

S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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NoCarried

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