Results 1–20 of 534 for speaker:Chris Ballance

Scottish Parliament: Railways (28 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: I will speak quickly in support of the motion in the name of my colleague Mark Ruskell. Communities throughout Scotland have campaigned hard to expand their local rail network. As Mark Ruskell said, if we are to improve rail travel for the vast majority of the travelling public, we need to focus on the smaller schemes for which communities are campaigning. The reconnection of communities by...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Crichton Campus (22 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that it will be able to achieve a successful outcome to its negotiations about retaining a University of Glasgow presence at Crichton campus, Dumfries. (S2O-12484)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Crichton Campus (22 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: Some of us might think that stopping the intake of students represents a substantial change of approach. Be that as it may, it seemed clear from the earlier debate that the minister has given up any pretence of supporting the long-term provision of liberal arts courses that the University of Glasgow has been offering at the Crichton campus. For the sake of clarity, will the minister say...

Scottish Parliament: Crichton University Campus (22 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: Does the minister accept that there is a difference between higher and further education and, if so, does he accept that if one of those no longer takes place at the Crichton campus, it will be a real loss?

Scottish Parliament: Crichton University Campus (22 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: I congratulate Alasdair Morgan on securing today's debate. It is important that we have another debate on the subject because, although it has been only five weeks since we raised our concerns in the original debate, in that time we have seen very little positive progress from the Executive, a lack of successful and visible action and a lack of backbone in the discussions with the funding...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Culture: Culture (19 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive when the strategy for the Scots language promised in Scotland’s Culture: Scottish Executive Response on the Cultural Review will be published.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Arts: Arts (16 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive in what specific ways the arts have been placed at the centre of the work of each of its departments.

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill: Final Stage (14 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: Is that why, when the member's leader, David Cameron, uses a bicycle, there is a car behind him carrying his bags?

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill: Final Stage (14 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill: Final Stage (14 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: Normally, the Scottish Green Party enthusiastically supports rail developments and proposals to encourage modal shift to rail and public transport throughout Scotland. However, we do not support the Edinburgh airport rail link. We remain absolutely unconvinced that it is a priority as a way to connect Edinburgh airport to the rail network or as a missing link in the national rail network. We...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill: Final Stage (14 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (12 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact on school population is estimated to be per 100 houses of new housing developments.

Scottish Parliament written answers — National Parks: National Parks (12 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what the procedure will be for assessing bids for coastal and marine national park status and what the projected timescale is for assessments.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Libraries: Libraries ( 8 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out an audit of library buildings to assess whether there is adequate library provision in appropriate, well-sited buildings.

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Crichton University Campus ( 1 Mar 2007)

Chris Ballance: Given that the minister understands the issues, appreciates the strength of feeling and has undertaken to discuss and to attempt to resolve the situation, will he tell us whether, following his meetings with the funding council and the University of Glasgow, he expects success or failure? If he expects success, when should we expect an announcement?

Scottish Parliament: Environment (21 Feb 2007)

Chris Ballance: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Environment (21 Feb 2007)

Chris Ballance: I agree with John Home Robertson that the people of Caithness know only too well what the nuclear industry means, following the clean-up around the coast there and the abysmal behaviour of UKAEA at Dounreay. The debate started with a welcome for the ruling Greenpeace obtained in the High Court of Justice on the Government's consultation on new nuclear power. I highlight what Tony Blair said...

Scottish Parliament: Crichton University Campus (15 Feb 2007)

Chris Ballance: The minister's allotted time is running out, and we would very much like him to address the question that Alasdair Morgan asked: does he support the range of courses that Glasgow University offers at Crichton? If so, will he act to ensure that those courses from that university remain on campus?

Scottish Parliament: Crichton University Campus (15 Feb 2007)

Chris Ballance: Will the minister meet the funding council to discuss the issue?

Scottish Parliament: Crichton University Campus (15 Feb 2007)

Chris Ballance: I congratulate Elaine Murray on securing this important debate. Indeed, the debate on the threat to the Crichton campus is currently the most important debate for the people of south-west Scotland. We have heard a tale of two regions. We have heard that people in the Highlands earn higher wages than people in the south of Scotland do, but the Highlands region qualifies for higher levels of...


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