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Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jenny Marra

The Scottish Government recently concluded its consultation on dogs and microchipping. Many of us in the chamber expected a dogs bill to come forward in this legislative programme, given some of the horrific attacks in my home city of Dundee and across the country. Did the Government consider a dogs bill in this programme and can we expect one to come forward?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jenny Marra

No, thank you. I am sorry, but I have a lot to get through.

The fair work convention is a great opportunity. The First Minister has committed herself to it in the programme, but Annabelle Ewing and Nicola Sturgeon should be clear that they will act on its outcomes. Perhaps they should make a vow, because the vows are being delivered.

Too many recommendations lie dusty on the shelf. Very little from the transformative Christie commission, for instance, has been acted on by the Government, despite its warm words at the time.

There were 30 recommendations in the working together review that was put together by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Trades Union Congress, but we still have no commitment from the Scottish Government on how many of those recommendations it will implement. I hope that we can make progress on that soon, and I know that the STUC is watching the situation carefully.

I was very pleased yesterday to see a proposed human trafficking and exploitation bill on the Government’s agenda. It will be the first ever human rights bill to come before the Scottish Parliament, so its introduction will be a poignant moment.

Agencies estimate that there were 55 victims of human trafficking in Scotland last year. However, we, along with the agencies and the people on the front line who work with victims, know that that is just the tip of the iceberg. Trafficking victims are in our communities, urban and rural. They are brought to this country—many on the promise of a better life—and are held and exploited. Many are sexually exploited, and many are held for forced labour at no or little pay in awful living conditions.

If I tell members that my office has had reports of teenage girls being trafficked back and forth across Scotland for sexual exploitation, they will know how important the proposed legislation is. I look forward to the introduction of the bill, which most importantly should contain a legal right for victims to get the protection that they need—a proposal that has the support of more than 50,000 people.

I wish the First Minister well with her programme for government. Her talk of consensus is nice, but she has a majority in the Parliament and a lot of support. She should do something bold to make Scotland a better place—that will be her legacy.

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Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jenny Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab)

The Government’s legislative programme shows that the SNP under Nicola Sturgeon is finally looking at the business of governing our country. To have 12 bills across a range of issues shows much potential but, as always, the proof will be in what the Government intends to do, how much time and energy it will spend on driving change forward, and whether it will meet priorities with resource and budget commitments.

Educational attainment in my home city of Dundee is not nearly as high as it should be. The Government has said that it will put an attainment adviser in each local authority—great, but how will that be backed up? Will there be targets for improvement? How will those targets be met? What resource will the attainment adviser have at their disposal? That is the meat of change.

Just a few weeks ago in Dundee, early years practitioners, who were all trained in the Read Write Inc programme to give literacy support to primary 1 and 2 pupils, were removed from classrooms by the SNP and redeployed into nurseries to meet the Government’s commitment on 600 hours of childcare. That step came at the expense of literacy, and it is that kind of detail that will truly be the proof of whether the First Minister’s programme is transformative.

There is a commitment in the programme to implement the Wood commission’s recommendations. The Government has still not formally responded to the Wood commission—I hope that that might happen in the new year, because we need a lot of detail on how that will work.

I attended a seminar last week at Dundee and Angus College on implementing Wood’s proposals across our region. Colleges, local businesses and schools are all thinking now about how Wood will work. I feel that the Government is falling slightly behind. It needs to respond to the recommendations and show leadership on how it expects Wood’s recommendations to be implemented, or it risks losing momentum on the important issue of youth employment. I hope that the response will be published soon.

Central to Wood is the restoration of vocational education, but that must be matched by action and budget. As Liz Smith said, cutting college places by 140,000 robs young people of opportunities. John Swinney’s flat cash settlement for colleges this year goes no way towards alleviating the situation. I hope that when the Deputy First Minister sums up the debate, he will be able to tell us how the commitment to implement Wood’s proposals will be supported by the budget for colleges. He knows—I have told him in this chamber—that of the more than 11,000 people who applied to Dundee and Angus College this autumn, 6,000 were unable to get a place. What of the Government’s youth guarantee for all those youngsters?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jenny Marra

Will the member take an intervention?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jenny Marra

Will the member take an intervention?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jenny Marra

Will the member take an intervention?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jenny Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab)

Will Chic Brodie give way?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jenny Marra

Discussions on the issue have been ongoing for years now with the Scottish Executive and Scottish Government. The railhead has been costed at £3 million to £4 million. I have been leading a project to try to bring hundreds of decommissioning jobs to Dundee and have held weekly meetings with Scottish Enterprise, Forth Ports and Dundee City Council on how we could do that. The railhead is a key part of the infrastructure to allow materials to be brought to the port. Will the Scottish Government consider funding the Dundee railhead as a key part of the infrastructure that is required to bring hundreds of jobs to our city?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
9. Jenny Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made on the Dundee port railhead as recommended in the Tayside and central Scotland transport partnership’s strategy. (S4O-03749)



Meeting of the Parliament 25 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Jenny Marra

I was reflecting on the matter before the debate. Does the minister believe that there might be an increase in the amount of business that is done in Scotland as a result of the bill, or does he believe that the bill will simply make the existing business a bit easier?

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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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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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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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Motion S4M-11332.2: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11163: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10988.1: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10829.3: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10214.1: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10051.1: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09928: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09600: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09575.1: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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