Results 101–120 of 1603 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

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?

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (12 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The voting app failed. I would have voted to abstain.

Scottish Parliament: Furlough Scheme (Discussions with United Kingdom Government) (11 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the furlough scheme. (S5O-04735)

Scottish Parliament: Furlough Scheme (Discussions with United Kingdom Government) (11 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The chancellor’s recent announcement that the furlough scheme will be extended was welcome. However, the months of unnecessary confusion that the UK Government has caused have meant that some employers took the difficult decision to make people redundant because they expected the scheme to be withdrawn. The UK Government had fair warning that that would happen—indeed, the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (11 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Presiding Officer, regardless of Jackie Baillie’s comments, I can only confirm what others have confirmed, which is that a number of us could not hear the results of votes. I am not making a point of order to question the result of the vote; I merely wish to ask what you are going to do to ensure that members are not again put in the position of being asked to vote on a motion without...

Scottish Parliament: Furlough Scheme (Extension) (5 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I understand that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has just made an announcement elsewhere about furlough. In a week of chaos and confusion from the Tories, he U-turned on abolishing furlough only apparently to U-turn on whether it would apply to Scotland after 2 December, then to U-turn again when the Treasury said no; finally, perhaps, today he will have completed yet another U-turn and...

Scottish Parliament: School Children (Holiday Support) (5 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 4. To ask the Scottish Government how the social security system will support families with school-age children during the school holidays. (S5O-04724)

Scottish Parliament: School Children (Holiday Support) (5 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Although one might think that free school meals would command the support of all parties in the Scottish Parliament, over the past few weeks we have seen the farce of Scottish Tory MPs voting against it at Westminster, while Tory MSPs claim to support it—a move that the Tory education spokesperson has admitted makes his party and his party’s leader hypocrites. Does the cabinet secretary...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (4 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The connection did not work on my phone. I would have abstained.

Scottish Parliament: Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (3 Nov 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I draw the cabinet secretary’s attention to the action for Arnish campaign, one of whose requests is that the Government consider potential uses for the yard at Arnish, other than only the BiFab option. Can the cabinet secretary speak to that and offer any assurances to the action for Arnish campaign on that?

Scottish Parliament: Energy Inquiry (28 Oct 2020)

Alasdair Allan: As others have observed, the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee mentioned in its report the need to be honest with the public about the changes that people will have to make over the coming years when it comes to dealing with what has been called “the energy quadrilemma”. That is no mean balancing act, but members will not be surprised to hear me say that, in Scotland’s case, our...


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