Results 121–140 of 1593 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

Scottish Parliament: Home Working (Public Sector) (17 Sep 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports home working in the public sector. (S5O-04602)

Scottish Parliament: Home Working (Public Sector) (17 Sep 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The trend towards home working that has been brought about by the pandemic has the potential to be beneficial in the longer run for Scotland’s rural and island areas, with more and more people able to pursue their chosen career path without having to move away from their communities. What can the Scottish Government do to ensure that more posts in the public sector can be open to people...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Aviation beyond Covid-19 (16 Sep 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The member rightly points to issues about the environment and the economy. Will he also acknowledge that lifeline flights, in the islands of Scotland, are exactly what the name suggests—that they make the difference between local economies being viable or not?

Scottish Parliament: Littering (Highlands and Islands) (9 Sep 2020)

Alasdair Allan: What more can the Government do to ensure that visitors boarding ferries to the islands, the great majority of whom are law abiding and responsible, are given clear information about best practice for disposing litter and waste when camping?

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (9 Sep 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The cabinet secretary touched on a point that I was going to touch on, which was to point out—as he will be aware from his time as Minister for Transport and the Islands—how important religion is to many of my constituents. Can he give an assurance that the bill, in its final form, can and will protect people from hatred and also protect their rights to hold and express differing...

Scottish Parliament: Childcare (Extension) (2 Sep 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Yesterday, Opposition parties claimed that the extension of free childcare to 1,140 hours was not being delivered. Can the First Minister tell us how many of Scotland’s 32 local authorities are delivering 1,140 hours, despite the impact of Covid?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2020-21 (2 Sep 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The announcement of the programme for government is always an important day in the parliamentary calendar. However, this year, it came during a moment for which it is difficult to find parallels in modern times. The programme for government has taken on a new significance for every aspect of our national community and economy, so the First Minister’s statement yesterday provided welcome and...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2020-21 (2 Sep 2020)

Alasdair Allan: As I indicated, I want us to get to 100 per cent. I am conscious that, despite the fact that broadband and superfast connectivity are reserved matters, it has been the Scottish Government that has paid towards my constituency and others having any superfast broadband at all. However, I do not disagree with the member about the ambition and the need to get to 100 per cent as soon as we can. I...

Scottish Parliament: Pupil and Staff Safety (Funding for Local Authorities) (27 Aug 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what funding it has allocated to local authorities to ensure that, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, schools will have adequate resources to keep pupils and staff safe. (S5O-04519)

Scottish Parliament: Pupil and Staff Safety (Funding for Local Authorities) (27 Aug 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I thank the Deputy First Minister for his answer and I welcome the Scottish Government’s on-going efforts to keep pupils and teaching staff safe. What action is the Scottish Government taking to discourage—for the moment—house parties, which we know are linked to a number of cases in secondary schools since their opening?

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (25 Aug 2020)

Alasdair Allan: As the cabinet secretary appreciates, the delays to vessel 802 at Ferguson’s have been a source of frustration, if I may put it so understatedly as that, to my constituents in Harris and Uist. The vessel will be very welcome indeed, although as the cabinet secretary will appreciate, the vessel not of herself solve CalMac’s capacity problems. Can the cabinet secretary say more about the...

Scottish Parliament: Health (19 Aug 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The cabinet secretary will be aware of the interest in the testing of workers in the oil and gas sector. In my constituency, there have been Covid-19 cases relating to returning offshore workers, and, as the cabinet secretary knows, the recent outbreak in Aberdeen will naturally heighten concerns around those. In the light of the situation in Aberdeen, will the Scottish Government consider...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (Tourism) (13 Aug 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that the post-lockdown economy in rural communities benefits from, but does not become overly dependent on, tourism. (S5O-04481)

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (Tourism) (13 Aug 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The cabinet secretary will be aware that the future of islands depends on there being a mixed economy, of which tourism is a vital part. Does he agree that we need to grow our tourism economy as part of a wider package of measures that ensures the development of the housing and infrastructure on which tourism and other businesses depend?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (11 Aug 2020)

Alasdair Allan: As the transport secretary will be aware, my constituents rely on lifeline ferry services. Will he acknowledge that the relaxation of Covid-related restrictions on bookings, although welcome, have brought us to the difficult situation whereby many sailings are now booked out well in advance?

Scottish Parliament: Childcare (23 Jul 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Has the minister been encouraged by the operation of those outdoor nurseries that opened earlier in the summer, and has their experience informed the reopening of indoor services?

Scottish Parliament: Transport (16 Jul 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Is the cabinet secretary able to indicate what can be done to keep ferry capacity in the Western Isles at a level at which it can continue to cope with the demands of islanders and tourists over the coming weeks, and to ensure that the CalMac online booking service is able to give an accurate picture of when sailings are and are not full?

Scottish Parliament: Food Fund (25 Jun 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how its food fund will continue to support groups who are most in need over the summer, including families with children who are eligible for free school meals. (S5O-04444)

Scottish Parliament: Food Fund (25 Jun 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Will the cabinet secretary say more about how the additional funding will support whole families, as well as children who are on free school meals, and about how the investment will reach those who have difficulties not just in affording but in accessing food?

Scottish Parliament: Farmers and Crofters (Financial Stability) (24 Jun 2020)

Alasdair Allan: As the cabinet secretary will be aware, in the crofting community there is serious apprehension about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit. Earlier this month, the Scottish Crofting Federation added its voice to calls for a Brexit extension. We are now eight days away from the deadline for the UK Government to seek an extension from the EU to avoid our crashing out of it at the end of the year....


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