Recent Parliamentary Questions

  Rhoda Grant : To ask the Scottish Government what financial savings it expects to be made by a single Scotland-wide board for enterprise and skills compared with retaining the existing separate boards. (S5W-5620) Keith Brown: In our report on phase one of the Enterprise and Skills Review we have committed to work with agencies and other partners to strengthen our enterprise and skills system by consulting on the strategic board, including the best distribution of functions between the agencies underneath it and the associated legislative requirements. Any savings that might arise would be consequential to that commitment.  Continue reading

Call for all Highlands and Islands politicians to support HIE board

    15 December 2016 Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and David Stewart, have contacted every Highlands and Islands based MSP, MP and Councillor asking if they oppose the Scottish Government’s proposal to scrap the HIE board in favour of an overarching joint national board.  Commenting, Rhoda Grant said “Since John Swinney announced in Parliament on 23 November that the board of HIE would be scrapped and replaced by a new single Scotland-wide board there has been outrage throughout the Highlands and Islands.  Rhoda  continued, “It is a wrong decision to take away powers from a region that the present board is there to represent and develop.  Continue reading

Rhoda Grant comes out in support of Dounreay workers’ pay claim

  15 December 2016 MSP Rhoda Grant has called on Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) to shift from its seemingly intractable position of offering its workers only a 1% pay deal.  Mrs Grant, who represents Labour in the Highlands and Islands, recently met with representatives of the Thurso and Wick Trades Union Council.  “As people may be aware, unions are in negotiations with the company regarding annual cost of living increase,” explained Mrs Grant.  “Negotiations have been protracted because the offer of 1% is not acceptable and has been overwhelmingly rejected by members. Continue reading

Ending Violence Against Women and Children

Speech in the Scottish Parliament debate 1 December 2016 The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence always provide us with an opportunity to debate violence against women. Although we have debates over the year on different aspects of violence against women, we have the opportunity to use this debate to highlight gaps in services and ideas for improved support and service provision. Continue reading

Rhoda Grant calls for debate on HIE

24 November 2016  Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, who is Scottish Labour’s Spokesperson for Rural Economy and Connectivity, has today tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling for a debate on the decision to disband the board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), formerly the Highlands and Islands Development Board (HIDB).  Rhoda said ,  “The HIDB, which later became HIE, was set up to assist the people of the Highlands and Islands to improve their economic and social conditions and to enable the region to play a more effective part in the economic and social development of the nation.  “Why then take decision making powers away from the area the board is there to represent.”  Continue reading

Rhoda Grant raises Rio Tinto in Parliament

     3 November 2016  Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant raised the issue of the future of Lochaber’s Rio Tinto aluminium smelter in the Scottish Parliament today.  She has also lodged several Parliamentary Questions and has written to the company after raising concerns over the lack of detail coming from Rio Tinto following its long awaited review.  Mrs Grant asked the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing:  “Can I ask what discussions he has had with the company, does he know who the proposed buyer is and what support can he offer them and the employees in Fort William at this difficult time?”   Continue reading