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Scottish Parliament: “Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting the Emissions Reductions Targets 2010-2022 — Report on Proposals and Policies” (16 Mar 2011)

Wendy Alexander: I have a helpful question for the minister. Last summer, the Scottish Government was helpful enough to provide to the independent budget review a figure of £8 billion for the estimated costs to the public purse of delivery of the RPP by 2020. Given the refinement work that has been going on over the past six months, is there an updated figure? Does the £8 billion figure stand or has it...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (14 Mar 2011)

Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of committed grid investment there is and planned grid investment it envisages over the next 10 years, broken down by (a) year, (b) project and (c) investor.

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (10 Mar 2011)

Wendy Alexander: I pay tribute to my committee colleagues, who are all highly experienced parliamentarians in their own right, and to the clerks, to the Scottish Parliament information centre and to our advisers. Ours was the first-ever committee dedicated to considering a bill. According to the spin, we would simply rubber-stamp it, we would not study the Government’s alternative and we would make few...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Oil and Gas Industry: Oil and Gas Industry (10 Feb 2011)

Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on how an independent Scotland would use collateral in the remaining North Sea oil and gas reserves to support its banks.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 3 (9 Feb 2011)

Wendy Alexander: I welcome a number of the individual measures that have been announced today, but the way in which our final budget has emerged—following deals in what in the old days would have been smoke-filled but which these day are smokeless rooms—means that it is easy to lose sight of the longer-term trends. The last-minute deals on what are fairly small sums of money miss the longer-term trends in...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: M8 (Baillieston to Newhouse Upgrade) (13 Jan 2011)

Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the planned completion date was for the Baillieston to Newhouse M8 upgrade in May 2007 and what the current estimated completion date is. (S3O-12528)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: M8 (Baillieston to Newhouse Upgrade) (13 Jan 2011)

Wendy Alexander: Can the minister offer the chamber and country any explanation for the more than four-year delay that has occurred on his watch in completing the last 10 miles of motorway link between Glasgow and Edinburgh?

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Jan 2011)

Wendy Alexander: The minister has helpfully influenced that limit of 10 per cent on the time that can be handed over to non-teachers. I want that issue to be debated publicly. Given that, will the minister simply call for a delay of the decision at 1 o'clock today, which I mentioned earlier and which would for the first time hand over 10 per cent of time to non-teachers? Will she or her colleagues make the...

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Jan 2011)

Wendy Alexander: How many hours of our children's school week does the member believe should be taught by a teacher, and does he think that that should be a matter of national regulation?

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Jan 2011)

Wendy Alexander: The cabinet secretary will make many statements today—some in the chamber, some outside it—and, no doubt, he will respond to the Donaldson report. However, the most important decision that Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning will take today is whether, at the end of this debate, he should lift the phone to the director of education in Renfrewshire and his SNP...

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Jan 2011)

Wendy Alexander: The issue is that there is no obligation for most of our children's school week to be taught by teachers. In my view, this Parliament should pause over and reflect on that. We should decide, on a national basis, what the bottom line should be. Indeed, when Michael Russell was the—very able—convener of the Education Committee, he would have urged that pause on any individual occupying the...

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Jan 2011)

Wendy Alexander: I concede that point. The issue is, will he call Renfrewshire Council today and get it to put its plans on ice, instruct it to talk to parents and teachers and promise to close the loophole that is now allowing a race to the bottom in Scottish classrooms? I make the case to the minister that that decision on how much of a school week is taught by a teacher should be brought back to this...

Scottish Parliament: General Questions: Glasgow Airport Rail Link (23 Dec 2010)

Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider reinstating the Glasgow airport rail link project once the £2.2 billion borrowing capacity proposed in the Scotland Bill starts to become available and whether it will halt the planned sale of land while options are assessed. (S3O-12489)

Scottish Parliament: General Questions: Glasgow Airport Rail Link (23 Dec 2010)

Wendy Alexander: I am disappointed in that answer, given that the Government claimed to have reluctantly decided to cancel the project. Whoever is in government now faces the prospect of having access to £2.2 billion, starting in 2013 with specific projects. I wonder why the Government will not consider reinstating GARL, given the fact that it claimed that the decision to cancel the project was taken...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (9 Dec 2010)

Wendy Alexander: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (9 Dec 2010)

Wendy Alexander: Like others, I welcome the debate. I begin by saying that I am honoured to be on the new Scotland Bill Committee along with many other esteemed colleagues in the Parliament. I assure people that we will bury into all the detail, but today is about the bigger themes that lie behind the bill. As others have said, today opens a new chapter in the devolution story. I believe that it is on the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (9 Dec 2010)

Wendy Alexander: There was an invitation to the whole of civic Scotland and any political party to participate in any way they wished in a commission where a majority of the representatives were firmly not of any party. The other lesson from history that resonates today is that, in the 1990s, there was a Government that opposed the emerging consensus, as the Scottish Government does today. Twice already, in...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (9 Dec 2010)

Wendy Alexander: The committee’s task is to scrutinise the bill. The Scottish Government has asked us to consider its critique and we have indicated our willingness to do so. However, the Government has presented an alternative to the UK Government but has not shared with the Parliament the financial modelling that it has used. If we saw that, it would assist our deliberations. We will seek to do justice to...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (9 Dec 2010)

Wendy Alexander: I am glad that we have moved on to the substance, because I think that sectarianism diminishes every member in the chamber. In light of the First Minister’s willingness to accede to the timeous provision of information, will he provide modelling of how his plans for full fiscal autonomy, Barnett, and Calman would have compared over the past 20, 10 and two years? Hitherto, he has provided...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (9 Dec 2010)

Wendy Alexander: Will the First Minister give way?


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