Results 161–180 of 1590 for speaker:Alasdair Allan

Scottish Parliament: Gaelic-medium Education (Western Isles) (18 Feb 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Presiding Officer, please stop me if for any reason the simultaneous interpretation does not come through. The member continued in Gaelic. Le foillseachadh naidheachd Chomhairle nan Eilean Siar gum bi gach pàiste a tha a’ dol a-steach dhan chiad chlas anns a’ bhun-sgoil am-bliadhna gan clàradh, mar bhun-roghainn, ann am foghlam tron Ghàidhlig, dh’èirich deasbad mì-chneasta air...

Scottish Parliament: Gaelic-medium Education (Western Isles) (18 Feb 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Tha mi ag aontachadh leis a’ bheachd an sin, agus tha e a’ dèanamh ciall na mo bheachdsa gum biodh sgoiltean anns a’ Ghàidhlig a-mhàin gan togail anns a’ Ghàidhealtachd agus anns na h-eileanan anns an àm ri teachd. Tha mi an dòchas gun tachair sin. Following is the simultaneous interpretation: I am very much of the opinion that there should be Gaelic-only schools in the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2020-21 (6 Feb 2020)

Alasdair Allan: We know that we need to repeat and extend the success of renewable electricity generation to renewable heat. Will the minister expand on the measures that are outlined in the budget that will deliver on that ambition?

Scottish Parliament: Transport Strategy (5 Feb 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I am sure that the national transport strategy recognises that the very welcome growth in tourism can have an impact on the transport system, whether that be roads or ferries. Can the cabinet secretary set out any of the measures that he or ferry companies will be undertaking this summer and beyond in order to cope with what will likely be a record number of visitors?

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Disabled People) (30 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the United Kingdom Government’s welfare reforms are having on low-income families in Scotland that include a disabled person. (S5O-04076)

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Disabled People) (30 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Recent figures show that the DWP refunded employment and support allowance to 112,00 people who were owed it, but sadly 5,000 of those people died before they received the money that was rightfully theirs. No system will be free from human error, but the rising number of DWP mistakes point to a systematic problem. Does the cabinet secretary agree that, if the Tories continue to refuse to fix...

Scottish Parliament: Right to Full Care to Die at Home (29 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I thank David Stewart for securing this debate. It is not an easy issue to discuss, but it is an important one. I welcome the focus that I hope the debate can bring to some issues, not least those that terminally ill people in the Highlands and Islands face. As other members will, no doubt, point out, dying is a taboo today in a way that it was not for earlier generations. Scottish literature...

Scottish Parliament: Air Traffic Control (Highlands and Islands) (23 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Air Traffic Control (Highlands and Islands) (23 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: The cabinet secretary might be about to address this matter. What serious consideration did HIAL give to looking at sites other than Inverness for its proposed new model?

Scottish Parliament: Farming and Crofting (Support) (23 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: I welcome the fact that the cabinet secretary acted on the concerns expressed by crofters and that he is now allocating all of the £10 million to those on region 2 and 3 land. Will he explain further what impact that will have on those payments and when he will be able to set out his plans for the year 2 tranche, due in the next financial year?

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (16 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I apologise for not providing advance notice, but I did not have an opportunity to do that—time was lacking. You will be aware that the Parliament has a duty to represent the people of Scotland. At the risk of saying something that people already know, the people and Parliament of Scotland have voted to indicate their preference to remain in the...

Scottish Parliament: Digital Connectivity (9 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: As the minister will be aware, the connected communities service that has been alluded to, which has provided broadband as a stopgap for many of my constituents in hard-to-reach places, will cease in March, largely due to the rapidly decreasing number of people requiring it. That switch-off will nonetheless leave a number of my constituents with no access to broadband in the immediate term....

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance (Earnings Threshold) (8 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Will the cabinet secretary confirm that carers allowance was the lowest-paid benefit by the UK Government, and that the introduction of an additional payment by the Scottish Government means that it is now above the level of jobseekers allowance?

Scottish Parliament: Short-term Lets (8 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: In parts of my constituency, particularly those that are becoming popular for holiday homes, there is a clear need for further regulation to ensure that some of those communities survive as communities. What will be done to ensure that local authorities have powers to tackle the issues in varying ways on a village-by-village basis?

Scottish Parliament: Empty Homes (7 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: Bliadhna mhath ùr, dhuibh. Happy new year. On the islands, as in many other parts of the country, housing represents a major challenge in many communities. Bringing empty homes back into use is a significant part of dealing with that challenge. The committee report is a very welcome addition to the debate. First, I want to say something about the context in the islands, and why bringing...

Scottish Parliament: Empty Homes (7 Jan 2020)

Alasdair Allan: He certainly does, and I am more than prepared to go with the minister’s figure rather than the one that I gave. The empty homes officer in the Western Isles has traced the owners of many houses in order to find out their intentions. If my figures are correct, approximately 60 per cent of the owners live in the Outer Hebrides. Nationally, since 2010 the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (18 Dec 2019)

Alasdair Allan: The cabinet secretary will be aware of how important it is to my constituents in Harris and Uist that vessel 802 in particular enters into service as soon as possible and that both vessels relieve pressure on an ageing fleet. Given the delay, what will be done to engage with communities in Uist and Harris on any revised delivery date?

Scottish Parliament: Animal Welfare Legislation (4 Dec 2019)

Alasdair Allan: Given what the minister has just said, can she advise what progress is being made on the establishment of the animal welfare commission?

Scottish Parliament: Delivery Charges (4 Dec 2019)

Alasdair Allan: I agree with pretty much everything that the member says. Will he also agree that, notwithstanding his point about the obligations of the Royal Mail, a lot of the problems would be solved if the major delivery companies simply agreed to use the Royal Mail in the first place?

Scottish Parliament: Delivery Charges (4 Dec 2019)

Alasdair Allan: First, I apologise to the Presiding Officer and to Gail Ross for being late for the debate due to being detained on the phone by a constituent. There was a time when part of my island constituency had a Paisley postcode. Strange as that might seem, it was for the logical enough reason that the mail plane came from Glasgow airport. We are proud that the Western Isles now has a postcode of its...

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