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European and External Relations Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Hanzala Malik (Glasgow) (Lab)

Thank you for being here today, Ms Minor. My question is on the energy crisis that we face in Europe. Is it not the case that we are looking at Algeria to plug the gap for gas, if push comes to shove?



European and External Relations Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Hanzala Malik

I asked the question because I wanted to know whether you were looking at reducing the threat of sole dependence on Russia. I just wanted to know whether we have a bit of breathing space. It is good to know that there are alternatives and that we are exploiting them.



European and External Relations Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Hanzala Malik

That was the question that I, too, had in mind. It was about what advice she could offer us in pursuing the issue. Digital broadband not being rolled out in certain areas is disadvantaging people, trade and industry, arts and crafts, and culture. The fact that the disadvantages are boundless drives home the importance of broadband being rolled out.

It has been said that the broadband companies must make ends meet, but they cherry pick where to roll out broadband and make large sums of money by rolling it out in large cities. That is not good enough. There needs to be a bit of responsibility when it comes to the percentage of broadband that needs to be rolled out in rural areas. We need to put in place a strategy for that. We have talked about the issue for nearly two years now, but I do not see any end to the discussion. We really need to do something about it now.



European and External Relations Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Hanzala Malik

That would be helpful.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
2. Hanzala Malik (Glasgow) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to minimise disruption to passengers and businesses during the renovation of Glasgow Queen Street station. (S4O-03912)



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Hanzala Malik

I welcome the planned upgrade of the station, which is the third busiest in Scotland, as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow improvement programme. However, the project’s construction period is planned to last for four years, until 2019, and I have concerns about the work having a negative impact on how Queen Street connects with other modes of transport and about access for disabled passengers. Will the minister assure me that passengers’ access will not be impeded in any way and that the refurbishment will go through perhaps even sooner, rather than later?



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Hanzala Malik (Glasgow) (Lab)

Good evening, Presiding Officer. I thank Iain Gray for securing this important debate.

We have been aware of the low funding for science education for some time, but I was still shocked to see the survey results which suggested that 98 per cent of primary and secondary schools depend on external funding for practical work in science classes. That means that those children whose parents cannot contribute are disadvantaged more than others, which is unfair and undesirable.

It is shameful that Scotland, which prides itself on being the home of great inventors such as James Watt and John Logie Baird, is spending significantly less per child on science subjects than England.

As many members know, I have spoken on various occasions about the need to have more people, particularly young women, studying science and technology in Scotland. Although some money and focus has been put at the end of the process to encourage people to undertake science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses at university, we must recognise the need to have a pipeline of people who are engaging in science at all ages and at all levels. We are not going to get someone choosing to study engineering at university if they never had the opportunity to conduct classroom experiments when they were younger.

I thank lain Gray for focusing attention specifically on the crisis in the teaching of physics. Physics is an essential basis for going on to study engineering at university level. When I asked a parliamentary question about the gender imbalance in highers science subjects, the minister glossed over the issue by looking at all science subjects together and stating that the position was not too bad. However, if we look at the sciences separately, we have nearly double the number of people taking higher chemistry compared with physics. Furthermore, of those taking physics, only 29 per cent are female. I find this state of affairs to be unacceptable. The Scottish Government must urgently review its strategy on scientific education at all levels.

Stewart Maxwell’s comments were helpful and I genuinely wish him well in trying to address some of the issues that he spoke about. However, we need to ensure that our schools have the appropriate tools of the trade and that our children get every opportunity to perform at the highest levels. The fact that schools are having to beg, borrow and steal equipment and the fact that they are having to resource goods from outwith school budgets are damning statements. I continue to be not only shocked but horrified that that is still the state of affairs in our schools today.

It has been said that some councils have as much responsibility as the Scottish Government, but that is unfair. We cannot tie schools’ hands behind their backs and then expect them to perform. I hope that the minister will be able to assure me that, like Stewart Maxwell, he will do the best that he can to reverse the situation.

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European and External Relations Committee 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Hanzala Malik (Glasgow) (Lab)

Good morning, Mr Houben. Thank you for being so patient. I have really appreciated your input this morning.

I want to ask about education, which we are very passionate about in Scotland. We have an historic tradition of education and we have always encouraged people to come to Scotland for education, particularly from the US. We enjoy a warm and friendly relationship in that respect.

With TTIP, will there be any additional burdens or restrictions on that relationship in respect of the number of students that come to Scotland, the value of fees, and whether students would be entitled to engage in other activities while they are here? Will TTIP have any such impact?



European and External Relations Committee 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Hanzala Malik

That sounds helpful—I use the cautionary word “sounds”—in relation to visas that allow students the freedom to exercise the right to come and go. Also, allowing students to work in the host country is helpful not only financially but in giving them a better understanding of the culture in Europe or America. I am just trying to tease out whether there will be any restrictions on that. Will it be open to national members to make those decisions or will they be made centrally in Europe? If they are to be made centrally in Europe, what would the process of lobbying be to try to ensure that we have a satisfactory outcome on the issue?



European and External Relations Committee 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Hanzala Malik

Thank you very much, that is very helpful.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

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

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
YesCarried

S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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YesDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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NoCarried

S4M-12045.2 Jackson Carlaw: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Ric
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NoDefeated

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Motion S4M-12103: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12092: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-12090: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12016: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12015: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11970: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11966: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11965: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11961: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03912: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03793: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03787: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03746: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03679: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03646: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03612: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22756: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03554: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03522: Hanzala Malik, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/09/2014 Show Full Question >>

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