Liz Smith MSP

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Member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

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Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
6. Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government will take to ensure that all children receive their full two years’ entitlement of nursery provision. (S4F-02397)



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
Liz Smith

In light of the promise that social justice will, at all times, underpin the Scottish Government’s policy, will the First Minister tell the chamber whether she thinks that it is fair to deny the 50 per cent of children whose birthdays fall between 1 September and 29 February the full two-year nursery provision that is provided to those children whose birthdays fall between 1 March and 31 August?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Liz Smith (Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body)

There are no plans to offer a discount for using the cashless system. However, we encourage everyone who uses the restaurant to use their card as it is about five times quicker than paying by cash. The more the card is used, the better it will be for everybody, particularly when the restaurant is busy.



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Liz Smith

The member makes an interesting point. That is not something that the corporate body has considered, but the member makes a good point about the issue in general. There have been concerns in the past that we have sometimes run into difficulties because it has been so busy. The corporate body has undertaken to perhaps look at the “tap and go” or “wave and pay” system in the future, and we will certainly take on board the member’s comments.



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Liz Smith (Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body)

Everyone in this Parliament appreciates the very considerable contribution made by Margo MacDonald to the Parliament, just as we also value the considerable contributions made by other members who have passed away during this parliamentary session, namely Brian Adam, David McLetchie and Helen Eadie. The SPCB has no policy of commemorating the lives of members or former members who have died, but it is something upon which we are happy to reflect.



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Liz Smith

I am grateful to the member for her considerate and sensitive supplementary question. The SPCB should reflect on the issue and we can undertake to do so.



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Liz Smith (Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body)

The high-level hanging glass panels and walls in the chamber are cleaned annually, during the February recess.



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Liz Smith

This is an important issue—I am sure of that. A reason why the panels and walls are cleaned annually is that it is an extremely expensive job, which takes five to seven days to do properly. For that reason, it is done during the February recess, when there is plenty of time.

The cleaning is carried out by the high-level fabric maintenance contractor, Trac International Limited.



Meeting of the Parliament 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

In his deliberations with the considerable experts in the field and with the police, is the cabinet secretary considering specific models of local authority organisation that are best placed to produce best practice in this policy area?



Meeting of the Parliament 04 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

Mr McArthur makes a good point about an issue that has been debated consistently throughout the bill’s consideration—the need to ensure that the principle of streamlining the care of our historic environment in a single body does not override the importance of local decision making, community responsibility and individual responsibility, as they have an essential role to play in the care of the environment.

That has led to an interesting semantic debate about the meaning of the words “conserve”, “preserve” and “maintain”. On one level, that is a pedantic consideration, but it is hugely significant when it comes to the detail of the bill. Therefore, I support amendment 1.

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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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YesCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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YesDefeated

S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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NoCarried

S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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YesDefeated

S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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NoCarried

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

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Motion S4M-11304: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10857: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10736.1: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09947: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10147.1: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09963.1: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 07/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09482.3: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09140.1: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08879.1: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08814: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-23264: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02397: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23033: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22983: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22981: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22982: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03606: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22713: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22712: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22720: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/10/2014 Show Full Question >>

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