Ruth’s week in the Scottish Parliament (6-8 Nov 2018)

On Tuesday, Ruth watched a special screening of the documentary Nae Pasaran! at the Scottish Parliament, which tells the remarkable true story of the Scottish Rolls-Royce workers who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force in the 1970s.

At Portfolio Question Time on Wednesday, Ruth asked the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay, how much money of its budget the Scottish Government has allocated to city deals, and to reaffirm the Scottish Government’s commitment to the Ayrshire Growth Deal:


Also on the Ayrshire Growth Deal, at the Local Government and Communities Committee on Wednesday, Ruth raised the issue of the Special Development Order affecting Ardeer, Stevenston, and lodged an amendment to the Planning (Scotland) Bill:

Also on Wednesday, the Equalities and Human Rights Committee, of which Ruth is the Convener published its report on the Age of Criminal Responsibility. You can read the report and what the Committee recommended here:

As Convener of the same committee, Ruth was also pleased to host a meeting with Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, with the Scottish Parliament:

2018_11_08 Special Raporteur

On Wednesday, Ruth was also re-elected as Co-Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Kurdistan.

On Thursday afternoon, in light of the welcome news that the Scottish Government is adopting recommendations to promote an inclusive approach to sex and relationships education in our schools, and following the recommendations of the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign, Ruth asked John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, about how the Scottish Government will monitor private schools to ensure their provision of relationship, sexual health and parenthood education is inclusive, appropriate and respectful, and that it meets the needs of all the young people in their care:

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