Results 1641–1659 of 1659 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government’s International Work (10 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: Does Stephen Kerr feel that it is his or his party’s role to tell us our place on such matters only days after his party was trounced in local elections in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government’s International Work (10 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Problems (11 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: I welcome the fact that we are now turning to the subject of ferries and away from the conspiracy theories that we have listened to for the last few minutes from the Opposition. The minister will appreciate that, in the past hour, CalMac has announced that the MV Lord of the Isles will be out of service from Tuesday 17 May for an estimated eight days due to a technical issue. Once again, that...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Problems (11 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: The minister will be aware that this is not the first time that Lochboisdale has been without a service, and I know from conversations that I have had with her that she appreciates the frustration that is caused. Will she commit to raising the issue with CalMac as a matter of urgency, with a view to establishing an improvement plan specifically for Mallaig to help deal with the—

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Neutral Islands (17 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: Rachael Hamilton mentioned the viability of island communities. Does she feel that the viability of those communities would be significantly enhanced if, with respect to the cost of energy, the UK Government regulated the market in heating oil, which is now entirely out of control for people who live off the gas grid?

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Neutral Islands (17 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: Few places have as much potential to contribute to Scotland’s carbon reduction efforts as our island communities. Peatland and some types of sea bed are carbon sinks on a vast scale. Peat layers have been shown to be able to store up to 25 times more carbon than trees, while coastal ecosystems can sequester up to 20 times more carbon per acre than land forests. Although increased tree...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Neutral Islands (17 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: It is, indeed, a big part. Jamie Greene will be aware that I have been in touch with the Government regularly on that subject, to ensure that the process of insulating houses is restarted and increased at pace. The commitment from the Government exists, and the Government is working to make it happen. It is certainly good to see an increased focus on what, in practical terms, carbon neutral...

Scottish Parliament: Invasive Species (18 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: I think that you are mistaken, Presiding Officer—apologies .

Scottish Parliament: Northern Ireland Protocol (19 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: On Tuesday, the United Kingdom Government announced its intention to make unilateral changes to the Northern Ireland protocol, putting the UK in breach of international treaty obligations and threatening a full-scale trade war with the European Union, while people are suffering a cost of living crisis. Given that many businesses have warned of the damage that that could do to Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Croft House Grant Scheme (Western Isles) (19 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how many grants have been awarded through the croft house grant scheme in the Western Isles since 2007. (S6O-01108)

Scottish Parliament: Croft House Grant Scheme (Western Isles) (19 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: The croft house grant scheme is an excellent method of helping crofters with the cost of housing and retaining families in island communities. Does the cabinet secretary have a view on whether the astronomical recent rises that we have seen in the cost of building materials will need to be taken into account in the scheme?

Scottish Parliament: Community Wealth Building (25 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: This debate is timely. For many decades, wage stagnation, low productivity and huge wealth inequalities have often seemed like entrenched features of the Scottish economy. As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, there has never been a more important time to examine our approaches to local economic development. Contrary to some of what we have heard this afternoon, what has been outlined by...

Scottish Parliament: Community Wealth Building (25 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: I would have thought that the voices within communities are heard through the planning application process, and that process has always given a role to ministers. As an MSP representing part of the Highlands and Islands, I am heartily sick of one or two people with little or no connection with the region trying to impose on communities their notions about what the land should be used for....

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainian Refugees (Welcome Hubs) (26 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: Staff at Scotland’s welcome hubs are becoming more experienced by the day as they assist in triaging displaced people from Ukraine. Will the minister assure the Parliament that those hubs will continue to be supported in that triaging role, allowing a warm Scots welcome to be afforded to all displaced Ukrainians who arrive in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (26 May 2022)

Alasdair Allan: Jeremy Balfour mentions delays over weekends and so forth. This has been pointed out already in the debate, but I take it that he is aware that the delay associated with applying for the UK’s universal credit is five weeks before the first payment is made.

Scottish Parliament: Courts (Backlog of Cases) (1 Jun 2022)

Alasdair Allan: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting the courts system to clear the current reported backlog of cases. (S6O-01150)

Scottish Parliament: Courts (Backlog of Cases) (1 Jun 2022)

Alasdair Allan: One of my constituents has been waiting for several months for an update on his case, and the local procurator fiscal office has been unable to give any indication of when his case will be processed, as it says that that is done centrally. Are there any plans to allow for more local processing of procurator fiscal cases, which might help to ease some of the waiting times?

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics 2020 (7 Jun 2022)

Alasdair Allan: The independent Climate Change Committee has been clear that Scotland’s ability to deliver a green recovery and reach our targets very much depends on action from the UK Government in areas that, unfortunately, as the cabinet secretary has indicated, remain reserved. What interventions at UK level are important to help us to achieve our climate ambitions in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Uig Harbour Closure (23 Jun 2022)

Alasdair Allan: Essential i nfrastructure works are due to start at Uig harbour this October. The interim arrangements that CalMac put forward would see the removal of all ferry services to Tarbert and the loss of a third of the capacity to Lochmaddy during the six-month closure period. Given that there are still a great many unknowns and unresolved issues, what consideration has the Scottish Government...


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