Results 61–80 of 1590 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Future of Gaelic (Community Engagement) (27 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how it has been engaging with Gaelic-speaking communities on the future—[ Inaudible. ] (S5O-04967)

Scottish Parliament: Future of Gaelic (Community Engagement) (27 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: I thank the cabinet secretary for his on-going engagement and commitment to the issue. As we will hear at next week’s meeting, there is a good degree of consensus on the existential threat to Gaelic in some communities. We are fortunate that there is broad support across Parliament for supporting the language. What consideration is being given to putting new emphasis on developments in the...

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: New regulatory delays are having an impact on the fishing industry in my constituency. I understand that hauliers are now having to leave a day early to make connections on time, that in many cases produce has had to be left behind, and that some vessels have simply been told to stop fishing. The total financial cost of all that to coastal communities is yet to be known. However, does the...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Loneliness and Isolation) (14 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what is being done to tackle loneliness and social isolation resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04902)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Loneliness and Isolation) (14 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: As I am sure the minister will confirm, there are particular dangers of loneliness among people who do not have access to a car and who live in rural areas, where public transport is limited at the best of times and might now be non-existent. What is being done to reach out to people who find themselves in that specific situation?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Education Update (13 Jan 2021)

Alasdair Allan: Is the Deputy First Minister able to provide an update on the discussions that are taking place with local authorities and teaching unions on the testing pilot for school staff, so that those who work in our schools feel reassured about returning to work when it is safe for them to do so?

Scottish Parliament: Patient Travelling Expenses Scheme (Review) (23 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 4. I would not dare do anything else, Presiding Officer. To ask the Scottish Government what issues will be covered in its upcoming review of the patient travelling expenses scheme. (S5O-04884)

Scottish Parliament: Patient Travelling Expenses Scheme (Review) (23 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Islanders who are going through something as traumatic as a cancer diagnosis need support. In too many cases in the past, their loved ones have not been able to be present with them. Since the patient escort working group was formed last year to examine those issues, there has been a marked decrease in the number of complaints concerning the issue. Will the Scottish Government’s review...

Scottish Parliament: Burntisland Fabrications (17 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on BiFab. (S5O-04866)

Scottish Parliament: Burntisland Fabrications (17 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I thank the cabinet secretary for her reply and for the helpful update that she gave to Parliament yesterday. As she will be aware, for the communities that I represent, the jobs are more important than the identity of the company. From my point of view, it is the jobs that are brought into Arnish that matter. In seeking to be open to other potential uses for the yard, is the Scottish...


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