Community Climate Asset Fund

I’m delighted to learn that a number of projects in Inverclyde have received funding from the Scottish Government, through Keep Scotland Beautiful, for addressing climate change and building a greener country.

Having worked alongside a number of the organisations who’ve received this much needed funding, I know it will bring about positive change and help towards a just transition to net-zero emissions by 2045.

I look forward to catching-up with said organisations in the future and seeing their continued progress.

Written question – Fireworks [11/01/2021]

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward regulations to restrict the (a) sale of fireworks and (b) times when they can be set off by the public; and if he will make a statement. (130779)

Tabled on: 16 December 2020

Paul Scully:

There is a comprehensive regulatory framework already in place for fireworks that aims to reduce the risks and disturbances to people and animals. Existing legislation controls the sale, availability and use of fireworks, as well as setting a curfew and noise limit.

In its 2019 inquiry into fireworks, the House of Commons Petitions Committee concluded it could not support banning public sales and use of fireworks. The potential for unintended consequences would be counterproductive for public safety, including individuals sourcing illegal and unsafe products online.

The Government remains committed to promoting the safe and considerate use of fireworks through an effective legislative framework and through non-legislative measures.

The answer was submitted on 11 Jan 2021 at 17:44.

Greenock Telegraph 4th January 2021

I desperately wanted to start the new year looking forward with optimism, with clarity and with purpose. But it’s proving more difficult than I thought it would be. It’s that B word again. It’s haunted us for four years and now it’s threatening to be, not just the ghost of Christmas past, but present and most disappointingly future.

After four years of negotiating the Brexit deal “one of the easiest in human history” according to Liam Fox, Conservative and Unionist MP, we are instead giving up so much that we have benefitted from including our access to the Erasmus Scheme which offered student exchanges as well as school links, work experience and apprenticeships across Europe since 1987. Adam Tickell, the vice-chancellor of the University of Sussex, said: “Leaving Erasmus is a real sadness. Over the years the Erasmus programme transformed the lives of thousands of young people.”

This deal will rip us out of the world’s largest single market and customs union, end our freedom of movement rights, and impose mountains of red tape, added costs and barriers to trade for Scottish businesses. Analysis shows the hard Tory Brexit will cut Scotland’s GDP by around 6.1%, costing more than £9billion or the equivalent of £1,600 for every person. The Associate Director for Immigration, Trade and EU Relations, at the Institute for Public Policy Research, Marley Morris, said that: “For a deal with the UK’s closest neighbour and largest trading partner, this agreement is remarkably weak. In many respects this agreement isn’t far off a no deal.” It is counter intuitive for me to act in any way that is detrimental to Inverclyde and Scotland therefore while Scotland continues to be ignored by the UK government, let me be absolutely clear, I shall continue to do everything that I can to bring clarity to a situation that has the potential to negatively impact on all our lives and in doing so I hope to provide a path to a more fruitful outcome.