Results 1521–1540 of 1651 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

Scottish Parliament: Construction and Procurement of Ferry Vessels (2 Feb 2021)

Alasdair Allan: The committee’s report is unambiguous, as others have pointed out. There were, it seems, catastrophic failures associated with the building of two vessels for CMAL. Some of those failures can be attributed to the procurement process of CMAL, but many are clearly attributable to the way in which the project was managed by the contractor that was then operating Ferguson’s. The people who...

Scottish Parliament: Land Ownership History (Impact of Slavery) (4 Feb 2021)

Alasdair Allan: In February 2018, Her Majesty’s Treasury issued what it would probably now concede to have been its worst-judged tweet ever. Above an image of Africans being marched in chains and below the hashtag #FridayFact, it announced brightly that “Millions of you helped end the slave trade through your taxes.” It went on cheerfully: “Did you know? In 1833, Britain used £20 million, 40% of its...

Scottish Parliament: Land Ownership History (Impact of Slavery) (4 Feb 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I will do my best to fill up the four minutes, Presiding Officer. My main observation comes from one or two members saying that we should not look back to the past. I accept the point that we should look forward, and I do not mean to suggest that every landowner in Scotland today is guilty of the practices of landowners in the past. However, the point that the report’s authors make is that...

Scottish Parliament: Employment (11 Feb 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what measures its budget will provide to support people into employment. (S5O-04993)

Scottish Parliament: Employment (11 Feb 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I am sure that the minister will agree that it is vital that our recovery from the current crisis is a green one. How will the budget ensure that we have people with the right skills for the jobs of the future, to enable such a green recovery to happen?

Scottish Parliament: Galloway National Park (11 Feb 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I thank Emma Harper for bringing the motion to the chamber. It is not my place, living as far as I do from Galloway, to tell Gallovidians whether they should have a national park or where it might be. However, I welcome the debate about that and about the benefits that national parks can bring. I will try to contribute to it by mentioning the conversations that have already taken place on the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget Update (16 Feb 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I welcome the cabinet secretary’s responsiveness to the arguments that I have, perhaps rather unsubtly, been making about the need to replace the bridge to Bernera, which is an island off an island. Can she provide information on the likely timescales for when we will get further details on the funding for bridges more generally, which she has mentioned?

Scottish Parliament: Ferries Plan (18 Feb 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its latest ferries plan. (S5O-05023)

Scottish Parliament: Ferries Plan (18 Feb 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Will the Scottish Government give any more consideration to the idea that it might be more cost effective to replace some existing ferry routes with fixed links such as causeways, bridges or tunnels?

Scottish Parliament: Lifeline Ferry Services (Isle of Barra) (25 Feb 2021)

Alasdair Allan: At the weekend, I spoke to constituents from the Isle of Barra, who had had only one ferry from the mainland in the previous 10 days, which meant that perishable essentials such as bread and milk were several days old on arrival, having travelled on a convoluted route via other islands. The islanders faced a similar situation last winter, due to a lack of resilience in the ferry fleet during...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (9 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Last week, the Western Isles reached a significant milestone, with more than half the adult population having had their first vaccination. NHS Western Isles staff and all who have helped them have done a fantastic job. However, we are in the midst of two significant outbreaks locally. All bus services were suspended on Lewis and Harris on Saturday and there was some disruption to the...

Scottish Parliament: Rewilding (10 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Vitally important as the issue undoubtedly is, does the minister agree that, for many fragile communities in the Highlands and Islands, repeopling is also a—[ Inaudible .] Of course, rewilding and repeopling are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Does the minister agree that we should pursue policies that are aimed at either rewilding or repeopling

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Commission (10 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to enhance the capacity of the Crofting Commission. (S5O-05102)

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Commission (10 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I am encouraged to hear about the new staff that the cabinet secretary mentions. I am often contacted by constituents who are frustrated at delays that they experience with paperwork that is submitted to the commission. I make absolutely no criticism of the commission staff, who have a difficult enough job as it is. However, I would be grateful to know what is being done to ensure that the...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Reintroduction of Local Restriction Levels) (17 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 7. I, too, appreciate that my question may have been overtaken by the First Minister’s remarks yesterday. To ask the Scottish Government what preparations Police Scotland is making for the reintroduction of Covid-19 local restriction levels. (S5O-05120)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Reintroduction of Local Restriction Levels) (17 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: As the cabinet secretary alluded to, particular questions are still being discussed around the level of restrictions that might apply to travel to and from islands. Can he say more about what the police will do once there is greater clarity on the level of restrictions?

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Commercial Activity) (18 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 5. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is regarding the impact on Scotland of reported figures indicating that the barriers and uncertainty created by Brexit have had an impact on commercial activity between the United Kingdom and Europe. (S5F-04912)

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Commercial Activity) (18 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Recently, I was contacted by a salmon smoker in my constituency who exports to the European Union via air freight, with items retailing at £150 on average. Post-Brexit, they have found that delivery and customs charges are now coming to about £100. That figure does not include additional costs relating to health certificates, the significant amount of time that they now devote to...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Reflections and Next Steps) (23 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: As we mark the anniversary of lockdown, I am sure that the First Minister will wish to join me in paying tribute to people in Scotland’s islands, many of whom have gone so long without seeing family and friends who live elsewhere. The news that the Western Isles are moving into level 3 is very welcome. Will the First Minister say when decisions will be taken on what that means for travel...

Scottish Parliament: Motion of No Confidence (23 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: James Hamilton’s independent investigation has finally reported. It has unambiguously cleared the First Minister of all charges that she breached the ministerial code. Those very accusations were, of course, what today’s flimsy motion of no confidence was seemingly built on, and, judging by what I have heard so far, they are the dead horse that the Tories look determined to flog. It is...


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