REPORT CONCLUDES THAT SMITH PROPOSALS WILL NOT DELIVER POWERHOUSE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

ParlyBuildingThe Scottish Parliament’s cross-party Devolution Committee has published a report which finds that the Smith Commission proposals “fall short” of the significant powers promised to Scotland following the independence referendum.

The UK Government previously stated that the Smith Commission proposals would make the Scottish Parliament one of the most powerful devolved parliaments in the world. However, the Devolution Committee found that the proposals will mean Scotland still lags behind other devolved regions from around the world. (more…)

SIGN LANGUAGE BILL MOVES STEP CLOSER AS COMMITTEE PUBLISHES REPORT

The Scottish Parliament’s Education & Culture Committee, chaired by Stewart Maxwell MSP, has published its stage 1 report on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill. 

New measures to promote and raise awareness of British Sign Language (BSL) moved a step closer today. But improvement will require a commitment from public bodies to consult with BSL users, according to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee’s report on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill.

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PLAIN TOBACCO PACKAGING A STEP FORWARD

Marlboro4wiki2Stewart Maxwell MSP has welcomed the recent vote by MPs to approve the use of plain tobacco packaging.

The Westminster vote means that from 2016 every tobacco product packet will be identical, except for the brand name and the addition of various health warnings.

The Scottish Parliament had already agreed that the legislation would apply in Scotland if approved at a UK level. (more…)

MSP PRESENTS PRIZES TO CARLIBAR COMPETITION WINNERS

IMG_2399 - CopyWest of Scotland MSP, Stewart Maxwell, recently visited Carlibar Primary School to present prizes to students who participated in a European-wide art competition.

Mr Maxwell nominated the school to represent Scotland in the competition and students submitted art work based on the theme of ‘my region, my future’.

The three talented competition winners were P6 pupils, Jack Watson (1st place), Chelsea Anne Wallace (2nd place) and Chelsey Thomson (3rd place). Each student won a luxury coloured pencil set and postcards of their winning art work. (more…)

MAXWELL WELCOMES FUNDING FOR CROOKFUR PRIMARY SCHOOL REFURBISHMENT

amp20150119StewartMaxwellMSP3SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has welcomed the announcement that Crookfur Primary School in East Renfrewshire is to benefit from a multi-million pound refurbishment through the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future Programme.

During a visit to Crookfur Primary School and Nursery, the Cabinet Secretary for Education announced that the school would be fully refurbished and extended with the funding, accommodating up to 420 pupils and 90 nursery places. (more…)