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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 24 March 2021 [Draft] : 24 March 2021 View PDF version
Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab)

The bill represents a positive step for Scotland’s agriculture sector and our animal welfare standards, so Scottish Labour is happy to support it. I thank Emma Harper for introducing it.

Meeting of the Parliament 23 March 2021 [Draft] : 23 March 2021 View PDF version
Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab)

The Scottish Government’s strategic framework is silent, in its timetable for easing restrictions—as was the First Minister today—on the important issue for my So...

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 17 March 2021 : 17 March 2021 View PDF version
Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab)

My questions are about the central and south lots of the R100 programme. Can you confirm that the central lot procurement will connect 32,000 premises, with 79 pe...

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 17 March 2021 : 17 March 2021 View PDF version
Colin Smyth

We appreciate that update on the numbers. You said that progress is being made on the ground in the central and south lots. Will you expand on that and explain ho...

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 17 March 2021 : 17 March 2021 View PDF version
Colin Smyth

That is helpful, minister. Thank you. Your update suggested that the R100 programme will now connect around 50,000 properties in the central and south Scotland ar...

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 17 March 2021 : 17 March 2021 View PDF version
Colin Smyth

You have rightly highlighted where powers might lie elsewhere, but powers over planning lie very much with the Scottish Government, which currently has the power ...

Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 17 March 2021 [Draft] : 17 March 2021 View PDF version
Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab)

I welcome today’s announcement. The cabinet secretary is a late convert to something that I have been calling for him to do for some time. If he is genuinely in f...

Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 17 March 2021 [Draft] : 17 March 2021 View PDF version
Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab)

Ian Blackford has said that another independence referendum could take place this year. He cited the cabinet secretary’s comment that there should be six months between the legislation and t...

Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 16 March 2021 : 16 March 2021 View PDF version
Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab)

The communities that would arguably benefit most from capital investment are peripheral rural areas that suffer weaker economic indicators, such as Dumfries and G...

Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 11 March 2021 [Draft] : 11 March 2021 View PDF version
Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab)

Only 7 per cent of premises in Dumfries and Galloway have full fibre. Although R100 will boost that number, it covers only 13 per cent of premises. If full fibre is seen as the best solution...

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