Results 41–60 of 1590 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

Scottish Parliament: Tariff-free Trade Deals (8 Jun 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I thank Jim Fairlie for bringing a debate to Parliament about this important subject so early on in his time as an MSP. Crofters in the agriculturally least-favoured parts of Scotland, such as my island constituency, are very aware of the words of the former UK Tory Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom, who said: “It would make so much more sense if...

Scottish Parliament: Tariff-free Trade Deals (8 Jun 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I hate to be unoriginal, but Mr Fairlie’s example is the best one of all: the European Union and the European single market, which I just mentioned, were supported by us and inexplicably rejected by Stephen Kerr’s party. In those circumstances, we want to pursue good trading relationships with other countries, but it is significant that some of the countries that we are talking about...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Stornoway to Ullapool) (3 Jun 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Last weekend saw major disruption to haulage—[ Inaudible .]—technical issue with MV Hebridean Isles led to a backlog of lorries, many of which contained perishable goods and had to be left behind. Although the return of MV Loch Seaforth to the route should help, the incident raises wider concerns about what will happen when the next CalMac Ferries vessel either goes into dry dock or...

Scottish Parliament: National Qualifications 2021 (2 Jun 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I think the cabinet secretary for what she said about supporting students’ mental health at what she will acknowledge is a difficult time. How will that support be provided? Will mental health support be provided by schools or will the SQA itself take on part of that role?

Scottish Parliament: Lifeline Ferry Routes (26 May 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the on-going disruption to lifeline ferry routes served by CalMac. (S6T-00001)

Scottish Parliament: Lifeline Ferry Routes (26 May 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I welcome the minister to his new role, and thank him for his reply. As the minister will appreciate, the entire economy of any island depends on its ferry. In recent weeks, I have been deluged by emails from families who are desperate to visit relatives on the mainland, and whose long-booked tickets have been cancelled; from businesses that can no longer get building materials to the islands...

Scottish Parliament: Lifeline Ferry Routes (26 May 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I thank the minister and I appreciate the attention that he is giving to the matter. Although the issues with the MV Loch Seaforth are unprecedented, breakdowns of major vessels on lifeline routes are not, unfortunately. It is now obvious for all to see that CalMac at present does not have enough vessels to run its services with the necessary resilience. What will the Government do in the...

Scottish Parliament: Oaths and Affirmations (13 May 2021)

Alasdair Allan: took the oath and repeated it in Gaelic.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Community Support) (24 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent supporting communities affected by Covid-19 in the last year. (S5O-05160)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Community Support) (24 Mar 2021)

Alasdair Allan: The Scottish Government dashboard shows that £6.9 million of the funding in the areas that the cabinet secretary mentioned has been spent in my local authority area. What will the Government do to ensure that such funding develops in line with the positive developments that I hope we will see as we come out of the final phases of the Covid pandemic in the months ahead?

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...

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 (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: 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 (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...


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