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Scottish Parliament: Engagements (21 August 2014)

Alex Salmond: ...of years, and I think that it is a robust figure. It shows the extraordinary potential that remains in the waters round Scotland, if indeed the policies are pursued and the stewardship is correct to make sure that these resources work for the Scottish people.

Scottish Parliament: Shipbuilding (Lower Clyde) (21 August 2014)

Duncan McNeil: I thank the First Minister for his response. I am sure that, like me, he is encouraged by the number of bidders who have expressed serious interest in continuing shipbuilding at Ferguson’s, which clearly demonstrates that there is confidence in the yard, the workforce and the future. That is good news in a bad week for the people of Port Glasgow and the Inverclyde community. We all...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow the Caring City (21 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

James Dornan: ...of Scotland in a better light than Glasgow the Caring City. It has done great work over the past 15 years and I look forward to the work that it will do over the next 15 years. I know that the minister has visited and has a close relationship with the charity, and I am sure that he will have kind words to say about it. I am delighted that the organisation is there for all the people whom...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (21 August 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Patrick Harvie: ...overvalued industry is sitting on reserves of four or five times more carbon than we can afford ever to burn. We need to break our reliance on the carbon bubble before it bursts. I finish on a point on which I am sure that we can all agree—I certainly hope so. It is not so very long since we gathered in what used to be our temporary home, at the top of the Royal Mile, to mourn the...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Regulation) (20 August 2014)

Gordon MacDonald: ...that the cabinet secretary is considering setting up an advisory board to cut farming red tape, which will free up more time for farmers to farm by reducing on-farm inspections and bureaucracy. I am sure that that is welcome news. When will the advisory board be up and running?

Scottish Parliament: Innovation Centres (Economic Impact) (20 August 2014)

Michael Russell: ...to the announcement of 14 million. I accept that that announcement should perhaps have been made on a different occasion. However, the burden of this statement is quite different and I am sure that members are looking forward to hearing it. This is actually my first opportunity to brief members on the significant economic impact of the ambitious and ground-breaking innovation centres...

Scottish Parliament: Increasing Opportunities for Women (20 August 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Mary Scanlon: ...but, as I said earlier, there is still more to do. To me, the issue is not just about getting women into work; it is about giving women the full career training and educational opportunities to make sure that their time at work pays and that career opportunities are open to them. I agree with the cabinet secretary’s point that it is about ensuring that work is well rewarded. The...

Scottish Parliament: Department for International Development (20 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Margaret McCulloch: ...the moral high ground as part of a wider referendum debate, nor is it a blanket endorsement of the aid policies of the present United Kingdom Government—or even those of the previous one. It is to make sure that the Parliament does not adjourn tomorrow without hearing what the implications of the decision that we might make next month could be for our international aid effort and the...

Scottish Parliament: North Sea Oil and Gas Revenues (19 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Maureen Watt: I am sure that the minister will join me in welcoming the report’s endorsement of the Scottish Government’s plans to set up an energy fund. Given that Westminster has failed consistently to set up an energy fund, does he agree that the only way to ensure that current and future generations benefit from Scotland’s vast natural wealth is a yes vote next month?

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Shipbuilders (19 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

John Swinney: ...raw sensitivity on this issue in the Port Glasgow community. I addressed that on my visit to the yard yesterday and in my discussions with the workforce and subsequently with the shop stewards. I am sure that that point was also discussed when the First Minister met the shop stewards earlier today. The Government and its agencies have been involved in trying to address what I described at...

Scottish Parliament: Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill (19 August 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

John Swinney: ...taxes from 1 April 2015, so we need to establish self-standing tax tribunals for an interim period until the new unified arrangements are fully operational. Part 5 sets out a general anti-avoidance rule, or GAAR. I am sure that I have support across the chamber for establishing a Scottish general anti-avoidance rule that takes the most robust approach possible to tax avoidance in relation...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 August 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Keith Brown: ...the wider public. I am pleased that that work is being progressed through those working groups. The intention is to identify ways to clarify the purpose of the blue badge scheme and the impact of misuse on disabled people. I am sure that local authorities and the third sector will assist in getting across the messages about the scheme to the wider public. I am pleased to say that Transport...

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

Kenneth Gibson: ...for all people in society, it can be very difficult for shop owners to pass on all increased costs to customers. As Mr Brown said, we should therefore look further to reduce the rates burden where that is possible. I am sure that the small business bonus scheme has been a tremendous success—we know that the Federation of Small Businesses said that, without it, one in six shops would...

Scottish Parliament: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (Gender Balance) (14 August 2014)

Dr Alasdair Allan: Hanzala Malik has raised an important issue. I am sure that we all share an ambition to create maximum equality in the science sector. It is important to note that there is a specific issue to do with physics; 64 per cent of higher biology students in schools are female and the ratio is about 50:50 in chemistry. We are not complacent about that. The Wood commission considered the issue a...

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

Angus MacDonald: ...Parliament welcomed a new buzz to this busy and hectic environment by installing two beehives on site, demonstrating the real and practical way in which the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament have been committed to the nation’s environment. I am sure that other speakers will touch on our Parliament bees during the debate.

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

Fiona Hyslop: .... I would also like to take the opportunity to celebrate the many festivals that take place throughout the year across Scotland, which add just as much inspiration, colour and joy to our lives. I am sure that members will share my belief that this is the perfect time to reflect on the great success of festival 2014 in Glasgow, which ran alongside the Commonwealth games, and the on-going...

Scottish Parliament: New Cancer Centre and Women’s Hospital (Aberdeen) (Funding) (13 August 2014)

Lewis Macdonald: I am sure that NHS Grampian will welcome that commitment. For staff and users, the big question is when the work on the new facilities will begin and when it will be completed, given that the Government announced its intention to progress the projects earlier in the current financial year. Can Mr Swinney tell us in which financial year he anticipates that construction of those projects will...

Scottish Parliament: Banking and Currency (Independence) (13 August 2014)

John Swinney: ...of the border. The Scottish Government is, however, pleased to have RBS headquartered here in Scotland. It is a bank with strong Scottish roots, and the Scottish Government is determined to make sure that that continues.

Scottish Parliament: Progressive Workplace Policies (13 August 2014)

Angela Constance: ...and sustainable economic growth must see social partnership and an on-going dialogue and working together between bodies as part of such a vision. With regard to procurement and recommendation 21, I am sure that Mr Fraser is aware that we are consulting on statutory guidance that will be issued as a result of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. That part of the legislation is...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare (13 August 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Nicola Sturgeon: Debates on welfare always provoke in me, as I am sure they do in many others in the chamber, conflicting emotions. First, I feel a sense of regret that our welfare state, which is so often held up as one of the defining achievements of the union, is being systematically dismantled, causing real and additional hardship to those in society who most need our help. There is now strong evidence...

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