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Uncertainties in Investigatory Powers Bill
Carol Monaghan MP
Monday, 01 February 2016

carolmonaghannorthwestBusinesses and consumers 'left in the dark'

The Scottish National Party has warned that the UK Parliament's Investigatory Powers Bill risks undermining the UK’s strongly performing Tech sector because of uncertainties about the costs and security of implementing the new legislation.

Today (February 1st), the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee publishes its report into the draft Bill on the operation and regulation of the investigatory powers used by the police and the intelligence and security agencies. The Committee warns that UK businesses must not be placed at a relative commercial disadvantage to overseas competitors by the proposed measures, and the costs of implementing the additional data storing measures in the draft Bill should be fully met by the UK Government.

Celtic Connections big boost to Glasgow
Sandra White MSP
Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sandra WhiteSNP festival funding supports 150 jobs

As Glasgow’s world famous Celtic Connections festival comes to an end this evening (Sunday 31st January) newly obtained figures show the event is packing a big punch in boosting Scotland’s economy.

Information obtained by Glasgow Kelvin MSP Sandra White shows that the festival is worth over £11 million annually, creating almost 150 jobs throughout the country. Ms White, who received the figures in response to a series of written parliamentary questions at Holyrood, has welcomed the news that Celtic Connections has received a total of £1.3 million in support from this SNP government since 2011.

John Mason MSP renews call for post study work visa reintroduction
John Mason MSP
Friday, 29 January 2016

John MasonA week after the raising the issue of the post study work visa at First Ministers Questions John Mason MSP has highlighted the growing support and evidence in favour of the reintroduction of the scheme.

At First Minister’s Questions last week, Nicola Sturgeon said she was “deeply disappointed” and “rather angry” that the Secretary of State for Scotland ruled such a visa out last week. The First Minister said that given the consensus on the issue across parliament and across Scotland, “it’s time the UK Government got on and did it.”

'Rape clause' petition reaches 10,000 milestone - UK Government must respond
Alison Thewliss MP
Friday, 29 January 2016

Alison - rape clauseThe Scottish National Party has welcomed the news a petition to scrap the UK government’s tax credits ‘rape clause’ has reached over 10,000 signatures – meaning the UK government must offer a response.

It follows silence from the Chancellor and Prime Minister on government proposals due to commence in 2017 which would require a woman, who has a third child as the result of rape, to justify her position to a government official in order to avoid losing tax credits.

Deaths from heart disease and strokes down by third
Bob Doris MSP
Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Scotland continues to become a healthier nation – with deaths from heart disease and strokes falling by a third since the SNP came to government in 2007.

Figures released today show that mortality rates for coronary heart disease have dropped by 36% and deaths from strokes have fallen 33% since 2007.

Scottish cities 'top of the class' on education
Sandra White MSP
Monday, 25 January 2016

Sandra - Glasgow UniFour Scottish cities in UK top ten for graduates

The SNP has today said that Scottish cities are “top of the class” as a new report shows that amongst the UK’s biggest cities Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow rank in the top ten for people with high-level qualifications.

The Cities Outlook 2016 report found that, alongside the Scottish cities, Cardiff was the only other city not based in the South of England in the top ten for residents with high-level qualifications and that Dundee was ranked 14th.

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