Results 1501–1520 of 1651 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

Scottish Parliament: Burntisland Fabrications (2 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The impact of the BiFab situation on the Arnish fabrication yard and the wider community in Lewis, where I live, is only too obvious. The sense of disappointment is raw. As members pointed out, there is no legal route for the Scottish Government or the UK Government to provide further financial support to BiFab in the absence of a shareholder guarantee and investment from the majority...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (2 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app showed an error message that suggests that my vote was not counted.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Vaccine Delivery) (3 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I was pleased to hear the cabinet secretary confirm that the initial vaccine is more transportable than was initially thought. That has clear benefits for island areas such as mine. Will the cabinet secretary say more about the publicity campaign and the engagement that there will be for the first eligible groups to ensure maximum take-up?

Scottish Parliament: Parliament’s Evolving Scrutiny Function (8 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I am pleased to see from what is on show today that the Parliament and its committees evidently continue to have such a healthy and positive interest in scrutiny. Since the Parliament reconvened in 1999, after its unduly long adjournment, it has had to adjust its working practices and scrutiny mechanisms to cope with many new external realities. However, in all that time, perhaps nothing has...

Scottish Parliament: Crown Estate Revenues (9 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of the devolution of Crown estate revenues to coastal communities. (S5O-04830)

Scottish Parliament: Crown Estate Revenues (9 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I have been able to see the real benefits in my community when Crown estate revenues helped to form part of an emergency fund to save many worthwhile charities that were affected by a recent subsea cable break. How have Crown estate revenues been used to help businesses and third sector organisations that have been more broadly affected by Covid?

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (15 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I thought that I had voted, but I have an error message suggesting that I have not.

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Transition Period (Update) (16 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The UK Government has announced that Northern Ireland will receive an extra £400 million to address the impacts of Brexit on trade. Can the cabinet secretary advise whether the Scottish Government has received any similar commitment from the UK Government that funding will be provided to mitigate the impacts of Brexit on Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Burntisland Fabrications (16 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I understand from what the cabinet secretary says that the best future for BiFab is as a going concern, and she is right to say that. However, like many, I continue to hear that a number of companies might have expressed an interest in making use of the site at Arnish. Can the cabinet secretary give an update on what is being done to engage with and encourage any such interests, and will she...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens to Stay in Scotland (16 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Given the major uncertainties around the future immigration system, and the United Kingdom Government’s complete refusal to engage with the Scottish Government about it, does the minister agree that it is now imperative that the Scottish Parliament gets powers to tailor migration policies to meet Scotland’s specific needs? I speak as the MSP for a constituency that will, it is projected,...

Scottish Parliament: Burntisland Fabrications (17 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on BiFab. (S5O-04866)

Scottish Parliament: Burntisland Fabrications (17 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I thank the cabinet secretary for her reply and for the helpful update that she gave to Parliament yesterday. As she will be aware, for the communities that I represent, the jobs are more important than the identity of the company. From my point of view, it is the jobs that are brought into Arnish that matter. In seeking to be open to other potential uses for the yard, is the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Patient Travelling Expenses Scheme (Review) (23 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 4. I would not dare do anything else, Presiding Officer. To ask the Scottish Government what issues will be covered in its upcoming review of the patient travelling expenses scheme. (S5O-04884)

Scottish Parliament: Patient Travelling Expenses Scheme (Review) (23 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Islanders who are going through something as traumatic as a cancer diagnosis need support. In too many cases in the past, their loved ones have not been able to be present with them. Since the patient escort working group was formed last year to examine those issues, there has been a marked decrease in the number of complaints concerning the issue. Will the Scottish Government’s review...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Education Update (13 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Is the Deputy First Minister able to provide an update on the discussions that are taking place with local authorities and teaching unions on the testing pilot for school staff, so that those who work in our schools feel reassured about returning to work when it is safe for them to do so?

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: New regulatory delays are having an impact on the fishing industry in my constituency. I understand that hauliers are now having to leave a day early to make connections on time, that in many cases produce has had to be left behind, and that some vessels have simply been told to stop fishing. The total financial cost of all that to coastal communities is yet to be known. However, does the...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Loneliness and Isolation) (14 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what is being done to tackle loneliness and social isolation resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04902)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Loneliness and Isolation) (14 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: As I am sure the minister will confirm, there are particular dangers of loneliness among people who do not have access to a car and who live in rural areas, where public transport is limited at the best of times and might now be non-existent. What is being done to reach out to people who find themselves in that specific situation?

Scottish Parliament: Future of Gaelic (Community Engagement) (27 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how it has been engaging with Gaelic-speaking communities on the future—[ Inaudible. ] (S5O-04967)

Scottish Parliament: Future of Gaelic (Community Engagement) (27 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I thank the cabinet secretary for his on-going engagement and commitment to the issue. As we will hear at next week’s meeting, there is a good degree of consensus on the existential threat to Gaelic in some communities. We are fortunate that there is broad support across Parliament for supporting the language. What consideration is being given to putting new emphasis on developments in the...


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