Results 181–200 of 1593 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

Scottish Parliament: Animal Welfare Legislation (4 Dec 2019)

Alasdair Allan: Given what the minister has just said, can she advise what progress is being made on the establishment of the animal welfare commission?

Scottish Parliament: Delivery Charges (4 Dec 2019)

Alasdair Allan: I agree with pretty much everything that the member says. Will he also agree that, notwithstanding his point about the obligations of the Royal Mail, a lot of the problems would be solved if the major delivery companies simply agreed to use the Royal Mail in the first place?

Scottish Parliament: Delivery Charges (4 Dec 2019)

Alasdair Allan: First, I apologise to the Presiding Officer and to Gail Ross for being late for the debate due to being detained on the phone by a constituent. There was a time when part of my island constituency had a Paisley postcode. Strange as that might seem, it was for the logical enough reason that the mail plane came from Glasgow airport. We are proud that the Western Isles now has a postcode of its...

Scottish Parliament: St Andrew’s Day (28 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: There are many strong arguments for countries celebrating their national days: community cohesion, the celebration of diversity, the promotion of cultural heritage and the chance to turn a friendly face to the wider world. I congratulate Tom Arthur on lodging his motion. I also thank the number of dedicated people—not least, Dennis Canavan—who have campaigned tirelessly for St Andrew’s...

Scottish Parliament: Consumer Protection (Vulnerable People) (28 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what measures it can take to better enhance the consumer protection for vulnerable people facing aggressive sales at the doorstep. (S5O-03836)

Scottish Parliament: Consumer Protection (Vulnerable People) (28 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: I have had several instances brought to me in my constituency of elderly people being told by a company that they must sign up for insulation under the UK Government’s energy company obligation scheme. In one instance, a householder was actually told that they would be breaking the law if they did not. I have also seen numerous houses left in a terrible and, in some cases, highly dangerous...

Scottish Parliament: Women in Agriculture Task Force (Final Report) (28 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: How do the task force’s recommendations on childcare relate to the Scottish Government’s groundbreaking commitment to provide 1,140 hours of childcare? Will it consider how those issues impact on its policies when it comes to encouraging new entrants?

Scottish Parliament: In-work Poverty (27 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: How has the introduction of universal credit Scottish choices enabled low-income families to manage their money more effectively?

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit (20 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit (20 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit (20 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: There are many things in Labour’s motion today with which, despite some of the previous speech, most people in Parliament—except the Tories, no doubt—are likely to agree. As other members have said, the Tories’ implementation of universal credit has had a disastrous human impact on many families in Scotland, as most MSPs will know from their own inboxes. Parliament’s Social Security...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: The cabinet secretary will be aware of the project developed by my constituents, Grant Fulton and Angus Campbell, which tracks Atlantic bluefin tuna off the coast of the Western Isles. What opportunities does the cabinet secretary see for developing the highly lucrative commercial fishing of this species, which could benefit my constituency in the future?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: Although it might sometimes seem that there is a predictable element of pre-Christmas ritual in Europe’s annual December fisheries talks, their consequences for livelihoods around Scotland’s coastline could not be more serious. That is true not least in my constituency. Some 300 people in the Western Isles are directly employed in fishing, and many others are employed in processing,...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: My point is that I differ, respectfully, with the SFF’s assessment of the statements by Marine Scotland on that issue, and with the scenario that the SFF anticipates. In fact, even if an EU-Norway, European Economic Area-type agreement were reached—which the UK Government has consistently refused to countenance—total fisheries output would decrease by up to 7 per cent, with export...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Products (United States Tariffs) (14 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: The United Kingdom is, regrettably, hell-bent on leaving the European Union, and, if that happens, the UK will have its own policy on trade. Can the member explain, based on the experience of recent years, exactly what influence Scotland can expect to have on such a trade policy and why it would not be better to have one of our own?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Products (United States Tariffs) (14 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: Scotland rightly values its trading relationship with the US. A number of members have rightly pointed out the damaging nature of the tariffs that are being imposed by the US Government. I have no doubt that every member in the chamber has numerous examples from their constituency—we have heard examples such as whisky, biscuits and cashmere. I will start with a specific example from my...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Products (United States Tariffs) (14 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: What about Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Products (United States Tariffs) (14 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: I will merely say what I said from a sedentary position: what about Scotland? Brian Whittle talks about the majority that was achieved for Brexit in the European Union referendum, without even considering the possibility that Scotland might have a view.


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