Results 21–40 of 1593 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the World (6 Oct 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I appreciate the member’s point about the importance of counting costs. Will he concede that the money that the Scottish Government expends on such offices is an almost imperceptibly tiny fraction of the amount that the UK Foreign Office spends on some of its more palatial residences and other offices around the world?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the World (6 Oct 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I certainly concur with what the member says about the efforts of all those organisations. Does he feel that those efforts around the world are helped or hindered by a UK Government whose stated ambition is to cut the money that the UK spends on international development and potentially to redirect some of what is spent through other Government departments?

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Shortages and Costs) (29 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: In recent years, the Scottish Government has made substantial investment in affordable housing in the Western Isles. What can the Scottish Government do to encourage local delivery partners to ensure that rural areas in all local authorities are not left behind in relation to future building projects?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (28 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Despite, as we have seen, the severe consequences of a Covid case on board a CalMac ferry, earlier this month CalMac stated that compliance on mask wearing had dropped to around 50 per cent on some routes. I continue to hear anecdotal evidence about that. I appreciate that it is not the job of CalMac crews to enforce the law, but what more can be done to make ferry passengers—particularly...

Scottish Parliament: Inshore Fisheries (Activity Cap) (23 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 2. To ask the Scottish Government when it will begin consulting on a cap on fishing activity in inshore waters. (S6O-00184)

Scottish Parliament: Inshore Fisheries (Activity Cap) (23 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Given the importance of fishing to my constituency, can the cabinet secretary say anything about the likely timescales involved, or give an assurance that an islands community impact assessment will be carried out before any changes are introduced?

Scottish Parliament: Bairns’ Hooses (15 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to introduce “bairns’ hooses”. (S6O-00136)

Scottish Parliament: Bairns’ Hooses (15 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: As the cabinet secretary said, the bairns’ hoose concept has the potential to transform how children in Scotland interact with the criminal justice system. I would be grateful if he could outline how the plans will ensure that there is better access for children in island and more remote areas. I am thinking about my constituency, the southern part of which is separated from the northern...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care (14 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: To say that our health and care services have been through an unprecedented shock in the past year and a half would be a triumph of understatement. We are all aware of the impact that the pandemic has had on those services in our communities. As the cabinet secretary said, the health and care workforce has been instrumental in delivering an amazing vaccination programme since December,...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care (14 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Yes. Is that better? Good. Families have often faced distressingly minimal contact with loved ones in hospital and care settings, staff have had to deal with the physical and emotional exhaustion of a year and a half from hell, and all of that is before we consider the huge stresses on staff of trying to treat individual people with Covid. I mention all that not as a platitude to everyone...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care (14 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Before I come to the island issue, I will merely say that, understandably, members regularly raise what is referred to as a postcode lottery in services. If we are going to address that, we will have to think about what it implies for how we provide the same high standard of care across the country. As I say, that will mean change. People in the islands who have a family member in hospital on...

Scottish Parliament: CalMac Ferries (Winter Maintenance Programme) (9 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: The October to February period is often a challenging time of year for CalMac Ferries. The company uses the period to dry dock and refit vessels as the tourist season comes to an end. However, with continued demand for staycations, it seems likely that Scotland’s islands will continue to be busy beyond the normal shoulder months. With that in mind, will the First Minister outline what...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2021-22 (7 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2021-22 (7 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: The member mentions all that as if it were never made clear, either in the manifesto or in the election result, that the SNP is in favour of a referendum on independence.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Restrictions (Monitoring Island Economies) (2 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Does the cabinet secretary agree that while we are coming out of the pandemic is the worst possible moment for many island businesses to have to cope with staff shortages caused by the Brexit deal? Does she agree with many island businesses that emergency Covid work visas for European Union citizens would at least alleviate some of the mess that Brexit has created?

Scottish Parliament: Supporting the People of Afghanistan (2 Sep 2021)

Alasdair Allan: O ther members today, not least Bob Doris beside me, have spoken very powerfully about the tragic situation in Afghanistan and Scotland’s moral obligation to help some of those who are now fleeing for their lives. As we have heard, those people include many women and girls who have gone to school or done anything else to make them conspicuous in the eyes of their new Government. They also...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Agreement with Scottish Green Party (31 Aug 2021)

Alasdair Allan: It has been more than a decade since national park designation for the isle of Harris had to be abandoned, despite more than 70 per cent of residents backing the move in a plebiscite that had a turnout that was higher than 70 per cent. There was limited support from the local authority, however, which contributed to the bid being rejected. The shared policy programme commits to at least one...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (3 Aug 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Although the cut in Caledonian MacBrayne’s passenger carrying capacity to 39 per cent was obviously made for understandable health reasons, it has very seriously impacted every aspect of island life since ferry routes came under pressure at the beginning of the tourist season. Can the First Minister confirm whether passenger capacity will be returning to something more like normality as a...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (13 Jul 2021)

Alasdair Allan: The very important physical distancing measures that have been put in place on ferries to prevent importation of the virus to island communities have nonetheless brought serious challenges to island life. Ordinary passenger capacity on CalMac ferries is down to around 35 per cent, and it is currently nearly three weeks before a car can be booked on the Ullapool to Stornoway crossing, with a...

Scottish Parliament: National Gaelic Language Plan (23 Jun 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Tha tòrr math air a bhith a’ tachairt ann an saoghal na Gàidhlig bhon àm ’s gun deach Achd na Gàidhlig (Alba) 2005 a stèidheachadh leis a’ Phàrlamaid seo. Tha BBC Alba againn; tha foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig air fàs; tha poileasaidhean Gàidhlig aig iomadach buidheann phoblach a-nis, agus tha àite na Gàidhlig ann an saoghal a’ chultair agus nan ealan nas làidire. Tha...


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