Question S5O-03125

24 Apr 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether there is a need for greater accountability to reduce the risk of people abusing power of attorney status.


Question S50-03011: To ask the Scottish Government what support it can give toward the annual running costs of the Scottish Jewish heritage centre in Glasgow

20 Mar 2019

John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (SNP):

To ask the Scottish Government what support it can give toward the annual running costs of the Scottish Jewish heritage centre in Glasgow. (S5O-03011)

The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs (Fiona Hyslop):

We value our relationships with our Jewish communities, and the significant and important contributions that those communities make to Scottish society. The Scottish Jewish heritage centre shares in our ambition to promote interfaith dialogue, to strengthen and enhance connections across communities and to lower barriers, eliminate fear and increase understanding. I recognise the importance of learning about the Holocaust as well as taking action to tackle religious prejudice, including antisemitism. I urge the centre to explore with Museums Galleries Scotland museum accreditation and related support. In addition, the next wave of the Scottish Government’s promoting equality and cohesion fund will be open for application in 2020, and I suggest that the centre considers developing an application, in the coming year, for relevant projects.

John Mason:

I thank the cabinet secretary for her encouraging reply. Does she agree with me and, I think, the Jewish community, that there is ignorance not just about the Holocaust but about Jews, Judaism, Jewish history, the Jewish way of life and the considerable Jewish community in Scotland, and that such ignorance can lead to antisemitism, when people do not understand properly?

Fiona Hyslop:

I absolutely agree. The more understanding there is, the greater the tolerance, appreciation—and indeed celebration—of the variety of religions and cultures that we have in Scotland. That is an important part of promoting the positives and explaining the experiences that other people perhaps do not understand. John Mason made the point well.

This exchange can be found here.

Question S5O-01177: Third Sector

26 Jun 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it can ensure that organisations in the third sector are able to have their voices heard.

Answered by Angela Constance (28/06/2017):Hearing from the third sector is a vital part of our civic society and we value the experience and insight charities bring to public policy development as well as their willingness to speak truth to power. The third sector is making a real difference to the lives of individuals and communities right across Scotland on a daily basis, which is why we have protected funding to the sector for 2017-18 at the 2016-17 level of £24.5 million. This investment will not only allow the third sector to continue to deliver real change on the ground, but it will also support them to have their voice heard at a local and national level.

Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 28/06/2017

Question S5O-00930: Breaking Gender Barriers

05 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how schools can encourage young people to select subjects in a way that is not along traditional gender lines.

Answered by John Swinney (03/05/2017):The education system aims to provide all children and young people with a range of learning experiences that meet their individual needs and aspirations. Early careers information advice and guidance is in place to raise awareness of opportunities and support informed subject choices.

Encouraging diversity in the workforce by tackling gender stereotyping in career options such as STEM is central to the Developing the Young Workforce programme.