Results 141–160 of 1590 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

Scottish Parliament: Rural and Island Economies (Impact of Covid-19) (11 Jun 2020)

Alasdair Allan: There is an obvious concern that the economic impact of the pandemic will exacerbate the long-standing trend of island depopulation. Recession tends to result in working-age families moving to the mainland in search of work. If that happens, the islands could take a long time to recover demographically. Can the cabinet secretary say more about whether the Government will commit to ensuring...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Tourism) (10 Jun 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Any dates for the resumption of tourism will, on the islands, be dependent not merely on ferry capacity but on the public health advice on whether ferries should be used. My constituents have—to their great credit and also great sacrifice, in many cases—stayed away from the ferry for months. I am sure that the cabinet secretary will agree that their needs will now have to be given...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government (Business Grants and Charity Support Direct Grant) (4 Jun 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the funding consequentials following from recent extensions to business grants and the charity support direct grant. (S5O-04378)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government (Business Grants and Charity Support Direct Grant) (4 Jun 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Given what the cabinet secretary just said and what she said in response to the previous question about needing the tools to manage uncertainty, does she agree that the case continues to be made for the devolution of greater financial powers to the Scottish Parliament to cope with these questions?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Transport) (26 May 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The travel restrictions on ferries to and from the Western Isles have played an important part in containing the spread of the virus in the islands. With the publication last week of the route map for moving out of lockdown, how will the travel restrictions to the islands fit into that route map? Can the cabinet secretary give an assurance that any discussions between Transport Scotland and...

Scottish Parliament: Seasonal Businesses (7 May 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The cabinet secretary will recognise that a large number of seasonal businesses in my constituency and others face the prospect of going from September 2019 until—probably—Easter 2021 with virtually no income. I recognise the need for the current restrictions, but communities such as mine are very dependent on seasonal businesses and face a particularly difficult situation. What is the...

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Travel Restrictions) (1 May 2020)

Alasdair Allan: My constituency is, I think, in the unique position of having had no confirmed deaths from Covid-19. However, given that coronavirus infections have been recorded on the islands, there is clearly no room for complacency. Having responded to Mr McArthur, the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs will be aware that there is some debate about the possibility of...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (30 Apr 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Will the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning comment on what the stay-at-home guidance means for households, particularly those with disabled people in them, who will be using more electricity and heating than normal and who might also be struggling economically? What support is the Scottish Government able to provide to people who are experiencing fuel poverty as a result of...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Air Ambulance Service) (19 Mar 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Can the First Minister confirm in more detail what the arrangements will be for patients in Scotland’s islands who require the use of an air ambulance? Is the service now equipped and able to carry patients who have tested positive for coronavirus?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Economy) (18 Mar 2020)

Alasdair Allan: In many constituencies such as my own, where the tourism and hospitality sectors play a major role, there is widespread anxiety about the economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. I spoke to one small business in the islands on Tuesday that had just taken 70 cancellations in the space of one hour. This is all coming at the worst possible time of year for cash flow. As things stand, many...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Economy) (18 Mar 2020)

Alasdair Allan: That is fine.

Scottish Parliament: Curriculum for Excellence (Review) (17 Mar 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Amid some of the recent coverage of curriculum for excellence, it would be easy to forget that there is, or there certainly should be, cross-party consensus about CFE and about the achievements of Scotland’s schools, teachers and young people. All parties have had a hand, one way or another, in the development of Scotland’s modern classrooms, and all have reasons to be proud of their...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Update) (10 Mar 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Will the cabinet secretary say more about how, in the coming weeks and months, the Scottish and UK Governments will maintain regular dialogue on developments with Covid-19, and about how the important information that is discussed in that forum will be communicated regularly to the public?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Rate Resolution (4 Mar 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I have listened with care to some of the language that Murdo Fraser and his colleagues have used. He mentions his concern that the Government’s tax measures will deter those talented people who earn £50,000. Does it occur to the member that people who earn rather less than £50,000 might be talented too?

Scottish Parliament: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Early Years Education (4 Mar 2020)

Alasdair Allan: As we have heard, the Education and Skills Committee took extensive evidence and recognised the growing seriousness with which schools across Scotland take STEM in the early years. Scotland can flourish as a science nation only if science is embedded in education from the earliest stage, and there is much across Scotland’s education system that seeks to do just that. It is only right that...

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Mar 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Recalling that, under the Lib Dems, funded childcare was less than one third of what it is now, can the minister say more about how workforce planning in different parts of the country is progressing to ensure that the expansion of funded early learning and childcare is in place from August 2020?

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Commission (Employment) (27 Feb 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how many people are employed by the Crofting Commission. (S5O-04179)

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Commission (Employment) (27 Feb 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Despite my constituency having more than a third of all crofts in Scotland, the Crofting Commission can often seem a long way away. What consideration can the Scottish Government give to relocating any jobs or moving any vacant posts at the Crofting Commission to the Western Isles, where they could, perhaps, be closer to the crofting communities that they serve?

Scottish Parliament: Justice System (Support for Serious Crime Victims) (19 Feb 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how the justice system provides support to victims of serious crime and keeps them informed at every stage of the process. (S5O-04129)

Scottish Parliament: Justice System (Support for Serious Crime Victims) (19 Feb 2020)

Alasdair Allan: How does the Scottish Government ensure that victims of crime, especially the most serious crimes, have suitable emotional support and receive practical information specifically about their rights to make representations to the Parole Board?

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