Results 41–60 of 1651 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (26 Sep 2007)

Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the condition of machair grassland habitats designated under domestic and European nature conservation law, particularly unique arable machair sites, and what plans it has to further the conservation and management of such areas.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (27 Sep 2007)

Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out the options for implementing the curriculum for excellence within the two-year secondary system which exists in many parts of the Western Isles.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Waiting Times (27 Sep 2007)

Alasdair Allan: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: NHS Waiting Times (27 Sep 2007)

Alasdair Allan: The member has said a lot about the supposed disadvantages of a legally enforceable right to a maximum waiting time. I am sure that his view would not be shared by the 35,000 people who were on hidden waiting lists under the previous Administration. Given that he and members of his party object to the principle of a legally enforceable right to a maximum waiting time, does he also think that...

Scottish Parliament: Warm Zones (27 Sep 2007)

Alasdair Allan: I commend Kenneth Gibson for bringing the debate to Parliament. Mary Scanlon talked about smart meters. I am not sure whether the heater in my house qualifies as a smart meter, but it has the uniquely Hebridean feature of accepting only the big 50p pieces that went out of circulation 20 years ago. I do not know whether that means that it is a smart meter or just an odd one. I have been moved...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (3 Oct 2007)

Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to safeguard the future of the Harris tweed industry.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Central Heating Programme: Central Heating Programme (15 Oct 2007)

Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have waited for longer than four months for central heating to be installed following their initial application to the central heating programme since Scottish Gas was awarded the contract in October 2006.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (18 Oct 2007)

Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times are for disability adaptations to houses in each local authority area.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (24 Oct 2007)

Alasdair Allan: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (24 Oct 2007)

Alasdair Allan: Sometimes the business of the chamber involves a certain amount of synthetic rage. Sometimes, I dare say, the most consensual of politicians have to force a little anger into a debate purely to keep it going. However, despite what some have suggested, there is no reason why any of us who represent farming or crofting interest needs to resort to such a tactic. The anger in crofting and...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Culture: Culture (25 Oct 2007)

Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) about the criteria for nominations for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars, in light of BAFTA’s decision to nominate no films in this category despite the Scottish Gaelic film, Seachd, being put forward for nomination.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Barra Runway (25 Oct 2007)

Alasdair Allan: In the light of what the minister has said, will he give a long-term commitment to supporting air transport in Barra, no matter what type of runway—whether man-made or natural? On the other option that he outlined of acquiring new aircraft, what stage has consultation with the community and other interests reached?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Rural Affairs and the Environment: Foot-and-mouth Disease (Livestock Industry) (25 Oct 2007)

Alasdair Allan: We all recognise the benefits of the islands' unique biosecure position. However, in the circumstances of a food-and-mouth outbreak occurring again at a similar time of year—I hope that it does not— would the cabinet secretary consider measures to accelerate the timescale during which breeding rams could be brought to the islands, if that proved necessary, during the final stages of...

Scottish Parliament: Environment and Culture (1 Nov 2007)

Alasdair Allan: The member refers to the iconic Forth bridges. Am I being unfair, or do I recall that she called for one of those bridges to be knocked down because the paint was coming off?

Scottish Parliament: Crown Estate (Taxation on Harbour Developments) (1 Nov 2007)

Alasdair Allan: I commend Tavish Scott for the motion. The charges that are levied by the Crown Estate on harbours affect many communities in Scotland, not least in my own in the Western Isles and the others that have been mentioned. I realise that, as has been said, the Crown Estate is in many ways doing its best to engage with the public and with parliamentarians, or at least to engage better than it has...

Scottish Parliament: Crown Estate (Taxation on Harbour Developments) (1 Nov 2007)

Alasdair Allan: The member lists some very worthy projects that the Crown Estate undertakes. However, will he concede that, in many places where there is no such investment, it is only too obvious that the Crown Estate is ultimately a revenue-raising organisation for the Treasury?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Water Services: Water Services (7 Nov 2007)

Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties have private service water pipes where the connection to the main communication water pipe extends well beyond the boundary of the property, broken down by local authority area.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Water Services: Water Services (7 Nov 2007)

Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibility homeowners have in respect of the upkeep of private service water pipes that extend beyond their property should they become damaged and what assistance is available to homeowners to meet the costs of this upkeep.

Scottish Parliament: Creative Scotland and Cultural Policy (7 Nov 2007)

Alasdair Allan: How does the minister intend to progress the work that was formerly undertaken by Scottish Screen, especially to get Scottish films on general release? I trust that Mr Brocklebank does not take that to mean that I am over-tartanising the silver screen. The question is brought to mind by the success of the excellent Gaelic feature film "Seachd", which raises a second issue that I would like...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Europe, External Affairs and Culture: "Making the Act of Union" Exhibition (8 Nov 2007)

Alasdair Allan: I am interested to hear that exposure to light could cause irreversible damage to the Act of Union. I am sure that many of us agree with that sentiment. In the light of the many controversial criminal aspects that surround the Act of Union and the circumstances of its creation, will the Government consider the Lothian and Borders Police museum of crime on the Royal Mile as a potential home...


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