DEBATE ON SAFE INJECTION FACILITIES

Last week at Parliament, I had the opportunity to take part in a debate on safe injection facilities – otherwise referred to as drug consumption rooms. Such facilities have operated in Europe for the past three decades - where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff.

TOPICAL QUESTION ON 2 SISTERS, CAMBUSLANG

On Tuesday at Parliament, I asked a Topical Question of the Scottish Government regarding their response to the closure of the 2 Sisters factory in Cambuslang. Replying to my question, the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, committed to holding discussions with South Lanarkshire Council about setting up an Action Group – similar to what is being established in Annan regarding the proposed closure of a factory there.

DEBATE ON SCOTTISH APPRENTICESHIP WEEK

Last week, I took part in a debate celebrating Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Within my speech, I spoke of my visits to MD Electrical Contractors and Arnold Clark's Rutherglen branch during this year's and last year's Scottish Apprenticeship Week. I also highlighted the work of Clyde Gateway in supporting local apprentices.

TOPICAL QUESTION ON EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANTS

 Today at Parliament, I secured a topical question on European Arrest Warrants. The Cabinet Secretary in his response was clear that the Scottish Government profoundly regrets that the Spanish Government has failed to engage in dialogue with Catalonia’s politicians and that, instead, the issue is now subject to the judicial process.

DEBATE ON FAIR WORK

Last week at Parliament, Clare took part in a debate on fair work. Scotland’s economy remains strong and our labour market is positive - with high employment and low unemployment. However, we know that, for too many, the experience of work is not always positive.