My latest motions to the Scottish Parliament:

 

Motion S5M-07591: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/09/2017

That the Parliament congratulates the Remember My Baby charity, which celebrated its third anniversary in September 2017; recognises that Remember My Baby offers a gift of baby remembrance photography to parents experiencing the loss of their baby during birth, at birth or shortly after birth; understands that each bereaved family receives high resolution digital images to print for their own personal use; acknowledges that the Remember My Baby volunteer network is composed of over 120 active professional photographers, including many who offer sessions at five hospitals across Scotland, and believes that Remember My Baby provides an incredibly vital service for bereaved parents, capturing precious moments in the short time after the child’s death and giving parents memories to last a lifetime.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Miles Briggs, Alison Johnstone, John Mason, Richard Lyle, Emma Harper, Bob Doris, Stewart Stevenson, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lochhead, Ben Macpherson, Fulton MacGregor, David Torrance, Jackie Baillie, Clare Adamson, Gail Ross, Maree Todd, Alexander Burnett, Neil Findlay

Motion S5M-07503: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/09/2017

That the Parliament recognises that World Duchenne Awareness Day will be held on 7 September 2017; understands that, globally, one in every 3,500 boys are affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; welcomes this year’s awareness day, which is supported by Pope Francis and the European Parliament, and recognises that the aim of the day is to guarantee access to care, improve research and educate patients and families.

Supported by: Maree Todd, Miles Briggs, Jenny Marra, Liam McArthur, Richard Lyle, Bob Doris, Christine Grahame, Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Colin Beattie, John Mason, Jackson Carlaw, Iain Gray, Angus MacDonald, Bruce Crawford, Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson

Motion S5M-06984: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/08/2017

That the Parliament congratulates the charity, BRAVEHOUND, on being named a National Lottery Good Causes Awards finalist; notes that BRAVEHOUND is based at Erskine Hospital and is the canine wing of Glen Art, which supports former service personnel and their families; understands that armed forces veterans face many difficult challenges when returning to civilian life, with cases of post-traumatic stress disorder being particularly prevalent, and recognises that, since being launched in 2016, BRAVEHOUND has been very successful in providing free training sessions and companion dogs to armed forces veterans, supporting hundreds of veterans in adapting back to civilian life.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Clare Adamson, Jackie Baillie

Motion S5M-06983: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/08/2017

That the Parliament celebrates 9 August 2017 as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, marking the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; understands that there are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world living across 90 countries, speaking over 7,000 languages and representing 5,000 different cultures; acknowledges that indigenous peoples have unique social, cultural, economic and political characteristics; notes with regret that, despite only constituting 5% of the population, indigenous peoples are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the world, constituting 15% of the poorest people and experiencing exploitation of their traditional lands, territories and natural resources for hundreds of years, and calls for a redoubling of the multinational effort to ensure greater protection and promotion of the rights and cultures of indigenous peoples across the globe.

 Supported by: Andy Wightman, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lyle, Iain Gray, Ben Macpherson, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Colin Smyth, Monica Lennon, Ivan McKee, Clare Adamson, Jackie Baillie, Tom Arthur, Gail Ross, Christine Grahame

 

My latest question to the Scottish Government:

 

Question S5O-01261: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/09/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to increase the use of alternatives to prison.


Answered by Michael Matheson (20/09/2017):

The Scottish Government’s Vision and Priorities for Justice in Scotland, launched in July of this year, focuses on the development of a more progressive, evidence-based justice system. That evidence shows that robust community sentences have lower reconviction rates than short-term prison sentences.

In the Programme for Government launched earlier this month we pledged to extend the presumption against short sentences to 12 months, in order to encourage the greater use of community sentences, which in turn will reduce the numbers serving ineffective short custodial sentences. We also announced plans for a Management of Offenders Bill which will expand and strengthen the use of tagging as part of our commitment to reducing offending and making our communities safer.

We remain committed to supporting local authorities in delivering robust community sentences that deliver tangible benefits for communities, and funding for criminal justice social work remains at record levels at around £100 million. We invested an additional £4 million in community sentences in 2016-17 and again in 2017-18.

 

Question S5W-11157: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/09/2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has explored the feasibility of extending the concessionary travel scheme to all young carers.

Answered by Humza Yousaf (25/09/2017):

At present, young carers aged between 16 and 18 can benefit from the young people’s concessionary travel scheme, which provides discounts on bus and rail travel for all young people living in Scotland aged 16 to 18.

On 20 September the First Minister announced the Young Carer Grant, which will be added to the package of measures to support young carers, and that recipients of the new grant will become eligible for free bus travel from 2020-21.

 

Question S5O-01228: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/09/2017

To ask the Scottish Government how its newly announced Innovation Fund will impact on air pollution and climate change targets in West Scotland.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 13/09/2017

 

Question S5W-10523: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/07/2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it supports the Scottish Prison Service in dealing with the health and social care needs of prisoners aged over 60.

Answered by Michael Matheson (23/08/2017):

The Scottish Government recognises that this is a new, emerging and pressing issue which will require careful consideration of the implications. We recognise the need to address this and that is one of the reasons why we have established a Health and Justice Collaboration Improvement Board.

The provision of healthcare in Prisons transferred to the NHS from the Scottish Prison Service (SPS)in 2011. SPS is reviewing its population management strategy and consideration of the health and social care needs in the increasing number of older people in custody will be part of that process.

 

 For my latest questions to the Scottish Government – click here.

 

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