This week I have met First Bus, along with councillor Douglas McAllister, about the withdrawal of services on the 118 route apart from weekday peak periods, which affects Duntocher, Hardgate and Faifley.

I raised similar concerns on behalf of the people of Old Kilpatrick as the 11 route has been similarly reduced.

It is disgraceful that these services are being butchered by First Bus.

People are being left without a service they rely on to get to their work, to hospitals and to the shops in Glasgow city centre.

Firstbus makes a lot of money from passengers in Clydebank where car use is well below the national average.

People don't always have access to private transport.

And even if they do, we should be encouraging them to use public transport where possible to reduce the use of fossil fuels and help prevent climate change.

Reducing a service to peak times only will mean people taking the car instead. Even if there is a bus for the outward journey, restrictions in service at other times will force some people to drive.

And for those without access to a car, cuts in bus services greatly add to inconvenience and may make it near impossible for some people to undertake vital journeys.

The SNP rejected Charlie Gordon's bill to re-regulate the buses, which would have given councils powers to prevent bus operators behaving in this way.

If they had listened to the views of passengers we would not have had these cuts.

Last week I attended the official opening of St Eunan's Primary by Archbishop Conti.

What a fantastic building - and how well it is being used by teachers and pupils.

I secured a financial commitment from Jack McConnell when he was First Minister to give £100m funding for West Dunbartonshire.

But it was the tenacity of the former headteacher of St Eunan's, Josephine Ewing, that ensured a replacement St Eunan's was included in the school building programme.

Headteacher Anne Docherty told guests that both teachers and pupils were delighted with their building.

The new school is one of the best equipped and designed I have seen anywhere.

Clydebank's SNP councillors vociferously opposed the new schools programme and voted against it being approved. Thankfully wiser heads prevailed and Clydebank got two new secondaries and one new primary school, more than £70m of the total.

A replacement for Goldenhill was commissioned separately and that too is a very welcome investment in the future of our young people.

Funding for regeneration in Clydebank has been cut back by 50 per cent.

This is a major blow to the town as it will mean some of the planned work can no longer go ahead and other projects will be delayed.

I spoke to Regeneration minister Alex Neil in advance of the decision but he was unable to alter the Government's decision. The cut in the regeneration budget affects not just Clydebank but Greenock, Ayrshire and the east end of Glasgow, places that have the greatest need for investment in Scotland.

I have written to Mr Neil to express my anger and disappointment at this unwelcome decision and I understand council leader Ronnie McColl will be writing to the minister in similar terms.

To single out places with the greatest need for the biggest cuts the shows a total disregard for our community, a community that survived the Blitz and the loss of its shipbuilding and engineering jobs, seems callous.

We will continue with the regeneration of Clydebank but we have been severely hampered by last week's decision.

I have secured a parliamentary debate on St Margaret's Hospice.

Once again I will ask the Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon to intervene to save the continuing care beds, something I first raised with her three years ago.

Hopefully there will be supporters of the hospice in the gallery and I will get cross party support from my Parliamentary colleagues.