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Upcoming Business – Commons: Westminster Hall (3 September 2014)

Government actions and planning applications for renewable energy development in the Beccles area – Peter Aldous. 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Scottish Parliament: Queensferry Crossing (Consultation Forums) (21 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Colin Keir: Have contractors for the Queensferry crossing improved communications to local residents, particularly in the Echline area of South Queensferry, in the light of complaints from those affected by the major civil engineering works and changes to work schedules, including extra work at weekends?

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (21 August 2014)

Alex Salmond: ...barrels is an industry estimate. It has been used by many people, including the Wood review. I have also pointed out that the 16 billion barrels is up to 2050. Alex Kemp, who is the foremost authority on this area of the oil industry, says that there is more to come and that the 24 billion barrels looks entirely “plausible”. On the question of the health service, if Johann...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (21 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Joan McAlpine: ...figures from the Office for National Statistics, Scotland has the best-educated population in Europe, in terms of not just the high proportion of people with degrees but the high number of people with good vocational qualifications. In an area that this Parliament fully controls—education—we have established ourselves as a world leader. However, in an area that we do not...

Scottish Parliament: Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Stakeholders) (20 August 2014)

John Pentland: The bill also has a section on metal theft, which was tackled in England and Wales last year through the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. In my area, there has been a spate of thefts of drain covers and other metal. Is that indicative of a general rise in such criminal activity, and are we witnessing a transfer of criminal activity to Scotland as a result of our more lax legislation?

Scottish Parliament: Justice-related Buildings (Innovation) (20 August 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: ...has been working with justice organisations to develop plans and, at an event that I attended today, we announced the publication of the justice digital strategy, which outlines our work in this area.

Scottish Parliament: Marine Protected Areas (Impact on Recreational Boating and Tourism) (20 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Claudia Hamilton Beamish: ...ocean acidification could affect the marine environment adversely. In view of that, can the minister provide details on how those carbon-storing habitats could receive protection within the marine protected area network? The report came out just this morning, so if he cannot do so today, perhaps he could in the near future. Could those features be allocated before the review date of 2018?

Scottish Parliament: European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (20 August 2014)

Richard Lochhead: I will put the question into context. Scotland represents the fourth largest sea area in Europe—just think about that for a second. Another fascinating statistic is that 20 per cent of fish taken from European waters comes from Scottish waters. The fishing industry is many times more important to Scotland than it is to the UK as a whole. Despite that, we receive 1.9 per cent of the...

Scottish Parliament: Innovation Centres (Economic Impact) (20 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Jenny Marra: ...cent of our local economy. What is the cabinet secretary’s reaction to the statement in the published letter that Sir Philip Cohen signed that the creation of a post-independence common research area was “an undertaking fraught with difficulty and one that is unlikely to come to fruition”?

Scottish Parliament: Increasing Opportunities for Women (20 August 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Angela Constance: ...through Diversity” to determine how a minimum quota of 40 per cent female representation could be introduced. The consultation closed on 4 July, and we received a range of views on how to address the gender imbalance on our boards, which has helped to focus our thinking on how best to address the barriers that women face. Our commitment in that area makes it clear that this is not an...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Shipbuilders (19 August 2014)

Duncan McNeil: I thank the cabinet secretary for his statement and, indeed, I support much of the sentiment in it. Obviously, as the constituency MSP for the area concerned and having been with the Ferguson’s workforce, I turn to harder questions that they wish me to ask. They ask why promises of further CalMac orders were not delivered, why the yard was allowed to close and whether the closure could...

Scottish Parliament: Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill (19 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Gavin Brown: ...than in theory. Although there was praise for most of the bill at stage 1, the biggest criticism that was made related to the provisions on penalties. Things had not been done quite rightly in that area and there was a strong view among stakeholders that the circumstances, amounts and factors to be taken into account ought to be on the face of the bill, and that procedure and...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Mark Griffin: My understanding is that private operators would need to come to some sort of agreement with local authorities or the police to enforce the provisions in a private area and that the proposals apply only to public car parking spaces. The bill is designed to strengthen some of the enforcement aspects of the current legislation and ensure that there is a statutory review in order to ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: Independent Retailers (19 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Gordon MacDonald: ...Scotland has put pressure on small independents. In the current economic climate, customers’ income has, in many cases, not kept pace with inflation, and the outcome is that the available spend in an area is spread more thinly across all the retailers, with the result that the viability of some stores has been brought into question. The expansion by the big four supermarket chains...

Scottish Parliament: Independence (National Health Service) (14 August 2014)

Alex Neil: ...of £1 billion a year over the next few years. Under the current funding system, which would stay under a no vote, if those moneys were to be removed from the health spend and not otherwise used in another area that did not have Barnett consequentials, that could see Scotland lose out on up to £100 million every year on public services including health up until 2020....

Scottish Parliament: Bus Investment Fund (14 August 2014)

Jamie Hepburn: ...from the first round of funding was the North Lanarkshire connector, but North Lanarkshire Council failed to ensure that the new service connected with Cumbernauld—the biggest town in its area—or Kilsyth, despite many local people reporting to me problems about accessing decent bus services. Does the minister agree that it is incumbent on North Lanarkshire Council to address...

Scottish Parliament: Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (14 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lewis Macdonald: The minister will be aware of the rapid rate of economic growth, particularly in the Dyce area around the airport and on Dyce Drive. When does the minister expect to come to a decision about timetabling of the priority work on the western peripheral route, particularly that which will connect Aberdeen airport to the surrounding roads?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Pollinator Population (14 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Alison Johnstone: ...of our agriculture. The stark stats in the Buglife briefing tell us that 84 per cent of EU crops rely on insect pollinators. We can sometimes suffer from a focus on direct economic gain in this area, and we really must widen that. Many of the efforts that I have seen to look after the health of bees end up with a focus on honey bees. Honey bees and the beekeeping, honey-producing economy...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Festivals (14 August 2014) See 8 other results from this debate

Clare Adamson: ...who come from the Umlazi township in South Africa. That 30-strong choir of incredibly talented young people who sang and danced for us is all the more remarkable because they hail from a desperately poor township outside Durban in an area where violence and sexual crimes are all-too commonplace. The choir is making its international debut at Edinburgh’s festival, funded by crowd...

Scottish Parliament: Coal Levies (Reinstatement) (13 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Adam Ingram: What progress is being made on the restoration of opencast mining sites, particularly in my area of East Ayrshire, which has, as the minister is well aware, been hardest hit by the failure of coal companies to fulfil their historical obligations in that regard?

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