Alasdair Allan: As many members have said, there are few countries with closer cultural ties to Scotland than Malawi. My friend Malcolm Fleming, who visited the country recently on behalf of Oxfam, got into conversation with a family and asked their daughter what she was studying in history at school. He was astonished to find that she had been memorising the dates of all the schisms in the Church of...
Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is in respect of community buy-outs of government-owned land. (S3O-2272)
Alasdair Allan: The Government is aware of considerable community interest in a community buy-out in Seilebost, Scarista and Luskentyre in South Harris. Is the Government willing to meet representatives of those communities, which are keen to bring to South Harris—if possible—the many benefits that other areas have enjoyed following community buy-outs?
Alasdair Allan: Will the cabinet secretary join me in welcoming the news that NHS Western Isles is making progress towards breaking even in future years? What lessons does the Government hope to draw from the Auditor General's recent report into the corporate and financial governance of NHS Western Isles?
Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what it will do to protect St Kilda from any rats that may be aboard the grounded trawler, Spinningdale.
Alasdair Allan: Will the member give way?
Alasdair Allan: The member has painted a rosy picture of the graduate endowment and all its benefits. Are there any circumstances in which he would vote this afternoon to preserve the endowment?
Alasdair Allan: Will the member give way?
Alasdair Allan: The member has set out his position on abolition of the graduate endowment. Do his former colleagues in the National Union of Students share his position?
Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the production capacity is of the Harris Tweed industry, in terms of the numbers of weavers available.
Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what it will do to help to market Harris Tweed.
Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage and train more people to become weavers in the Harris Tweed industry.
Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discretionary powers it has to waive the clawback requirement that exists on the sale of government-owned land to community organisations involved in land buyouts.
Alasdair Allan: Chan eil mi a' tuigsinn càit a bheil comical Ali a' tighinn a-steach. A dh'fhaighneachd do Riaghaltas na h-Alba dè seòrsa beannachdan eaconamach a thathar an dòchas gun tig dha na h-Eileanan an Iar agus gu Colla is Tiriodh nuair a thòisicheas sgeama pìolait RET air aiseagan anns an sgìre. I am not sure where comical Ali fits into this. What benefits does the Scottish Government expect...
Alasdair Allan: Like other members, I welcome the OECD report and its many sound recommendations. In its opening gambit, the report states: "Rural Scotland as a whole evidences good socio-economic indicators as compared to urban and intermediate areas". I do not wish to gainsay that, but it must be pointed out that, as other members have recognised and as the report acknowledges, rural Scotland is no more...
Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that money is set aside in the Big Lottery Fund for community land buyouts.
Alasdair Allan: As many members have testified, fuel poverty blights every region of this energy-rich country. I make no apology for pointing to a particular problem in my constituency. I cite the Western Isles as being where the problem afflicts Scotland most extremely. Seventeen per cent of Scottish households are officially in fuel poverty; in the Western Isles, the figure is 42 per cent or, if we...
Alasdair Allan: I thank the member for that intervention, and I challenge her to come to my constituency and explain to pensioners that it would be a good idea for them to continue to pay the council tax. I welcome the current review of the Government's central heating scheme. Like other members, I pay credit where it is due. When it was first introduced, the scheme made significant progress in tackling fuel...
Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the roll-out of DAB digital radio to the Western Isles before 2010.
Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to help solve the shortage of dentists in the Western Isles.