Results 81–100 of 1593 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

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...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Transition Period (Update) (16 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The UK Government has announced that Northern Ireland will receive an extra £400 million to address the impacts of Brexit on trade. Can the cabinet secretary advise whether the Scottish Government has received any similar commitment from the UK Government that funding will be provided to mitigate the impacts of Brexit on Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Burntisland Fabrications (16 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I understand from what the cabinet secretary says that the best future for BiFab is as a going concern, and she is right to say that. However, like many, I continue to hear that a number of companies might have expressed an interest in making use of the site at Arnish. Can the cabinet secretary give an update on what is being done to engage with and encourage any such interests, and will she...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens to Stay in Scotland (16 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Given the major uncertainties around the future immigration system, and the United Kingdom Government’s complete refusal to engage with the Scottish Government about it, does the minister agree that it is now imperative that the Scottish Parliament gets powers to tailor migration policies to meet Scotland’s specific needs? I speak as the MSP for a constituency that will, it is projected,...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (15 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I thought that I had voted, but I have an error message suggesting that I have not.

Scottish Parliament: Crown Estate Revenues (9 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of the devolution of Crown estate revenues to coastal communities. (S5O-04830)

Scottish Parliament: Crown Estate Revenues (9 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I have been able to see the real benefits in my community when Crown estate revenues helped to form part of an emergency fund to save many worthwhile charities that were affected by a recent subsea cable break. How have Crown estate revenues been used to help businesses and third sector organisations that have been more broadly affected by Covid?

Scottish Parliament: Parliament’s Evolving Scrutiny Function (8 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I am pleased to see from what is on show today that the Parliament and its committees evidently continue to have such a healthy and positive interest in scrutiny. Since the Parliament reconvened in 1999, after its unduly long adjournment, it has had to adjust its working practices and scrutiny mechanisms to cope with many new external realities. However, in all that time, perhaps nothing has...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Vaccine Delivery) (3 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I was pleased to hear the cabinet secretary confirm that the initial vaccine is more transportable than was initially thought. That has clear benefits for island areas such as mine. Will the cabinet secretary say more about the publicity campaign and the engagement that there will be for the first eligible groups to ensure maximum take-up?

Scottish Parliament: Burntisland Fabrications (2 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The impact of the BiFab situation on the Arnish fabrication yard and the wider community in Lewis, where I live, is only too obvious. The sense of disappointment is raw. As members pointed out, there is no legal route for the Scottish Government or the UK Government to provide further financial support to BiFab in the absence of a shareholder guarantee and investment from the majority...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (2 Dec 2020)

Alasdair Allan: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app showed an error message that suggests that my vote was not counted.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (Launch) (26 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 5. To ask the First Minister whether she will provide an update on the launch of the Scottish National Investment Bank. (S5F-04606)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (Launch) (26 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I thank the First Minister for her reference to decarbonising the economy. What will the Scottish National Investment Bank be doing, as we emerge from the pandemic, to help Scotland to meet its ambitious climate change targets?

Scottish Parliament: Youth Guarantee and Kickstart (Collaboration) (25 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Have any assurances been received from the UK Government that people who are employed through the kickstart scheme will receive a living wage? Can the cabinet secretary confirm that fair working principles and sustainable employment will be embedded in the young persons guarantee?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Roll-out of Testing Programme) (25 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Many of my constituents work in the oil and gas sector and they are typically asked to get tested before going offshore. However, because they cannot access testing privately in the islands, they often have to get tested in Aberdeen, which adds days on to the length of their journey. Although I understand the reasons why the testing machine in Stornoway is only for people who are symptomatic,...

Scottish Parliament: Covid Vaccine (19 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: As the cabinet secretary has recognised, the very welcome roll-out of a Covid vaccine will present logistical challenges, especially given that one of the more likely vaccines needs to be stored at -70°C. Can the cabinet secretary confirm that some thought will be given to the needs of island communities in case storage requirements of that kind apply, and can she explain how patient...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (18 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Presiding Officer, I got a message that said, “Connection is lost.” I voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (17 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Last week, a number of the crew on the MV Isle of Lewis tested positive for Covid-19. That required a full crew changeover and meant that the vessel had to be deep cleaned. Given the threat that any wider loss of lifeline ferry services would represent, what steps will be taken to prevent a recurrence of such a situation?


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