Local Knowledge Under Fire—That the Parliament notes the recent restructuring of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and the proposed closure of five of Scotland’s eight emergency control rooms, including that at Inverness; understands that these closures disproportionately affect rural constituencies where local geographic knowledge is highly important in mobilising firefighting efforts;
North MSP, David Stewart has praised the work of Forres based medical devices company, AccuNostics following a site visit yesterday (15th April).
Mr Stewart, who is the Scottish Parliaments Diabetes Champion and recently represented Scotland at the World Diabetes Forum in Melbourne Australia, said he was “deeply encouraged to see that revolution medical devices for diabetes sufferers are being produced in Moray”.
Highlands & Isles MSP David Stewart has called for a review of the Police counter opening times at Forres Police Office, after learning from Police Scotland that at the time the survey on this matter was carried out, there were three Support Staff employed at Nairn, two at Buckie and only one at Forres, albeit at Forres, Police Officers were supposed to complete the survey forms when the Office was manned by Police Officers only
David Stewart is supporting the following member’s motion in the Scottish Parliament :
Orkney Drama Success
That the Parliament congratulates Stromness Drama Club on winning the Alex Drummond Trophy at the Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA) northern divisional final in Orkney on 29 March 2014, with its production of the John Godber play, Found; notes that this victory follows similar success by the young Palace Players team in winning the Jayne Nicol trophy at the Divisional Youth Final in Arbroath; acknowledges the achievement of Orkney having representatives in both the adult and youth sections of the SCDA national finals; believes that Assiepattle Players winning the Bon Accord Cup for the best performance from a community of fewer than 500 inhabitants underlines the strength, breadth and depth of the performing arts in the islands at present; welcomes the fact that this latest “golden age” has the opportunity to perform in what it considers the wonderful new Orkney Arts theatre, which played host to the recent divisional finals; hopes that everyone involved in the national finals in East Kilbride (adult) and Nairn (youth) breaks a leg, but, in particular, wishes Stromness Drama Club and the Palace Players the best of luck in carrying the flag for Orkney.
Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart’s Member’s Bill, Defective and Dangerous Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill, is set to pass Stage 1 at 5pm today.
This is the first Opposition Member’s Bill this session to reach this stage and the Scottish Government has indicated that it will give its support.
David Stewart: I acknowledge Graeme Pearson’s keen interest in this issue, which comes particularly from his background as a senior police officer.
All security officers are supplied with protective vests, which they are required to wear when working in the screening area or at the gatehouse.
All new officers receive full induction training, including customer care training, which assists them in dealing politely but confidently with situations such as the surrender of a knife.
That is followed by regular refresher training.