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Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Child Poverty (29 Mar 2007)

Scott Barrie: Given the First Minister's personal commitment to the abolition of child poverty by 2020, how does he believe the Labour Party's commitment to extending free school meals fits into that ambition?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Education (29 Mar 2007)

Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how children and young people have benefited from investment in the education system. (S2O-12530)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Education (29 Mar 2007)

Scott Barrie: The minister is absolutely correct to highlight the Executive's record investment in refurbishing existing schools, in building new schools, in reducing class sizes, in increasing the number of teachers and in driving up standards. Does the minister agree with me that the excellent report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education into Tulliallan primary school, which was published last week,...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Coastal Pollution (22 Mar 2007)

Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to protect Scotland's coasts from industrial pollution. (S2O-12442)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Coastal Pollution (22 Mar 2007)

Scott Barrie: I thank the minister for that comprehensive response. She will be well aware that there have been substantial changes of use in and around the Firth of Forth over the past couple of decades. There have been changes in how we deal with agricultural waste; changes in water treatment and sewerage; and changes in industrial use. Given those improvements, ship-to-ship oil transfer has no place...

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

Scott Barrie: Mr Adam mentions a timetable difficulty, but does he accept that both the Gogar option and the Turnhouse option would require trains to stop at those places, which would have an extra impact on the trains that use the east coast main line?

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

Scott Barrie: Will the member give way?

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

Scott Barrie: Does Christine Grahame accept that her slight red herring about all journey times being increased is offset by the fact that only every other journey from Glasgow and Fife to Edinburgh will go via the airport? Not every journey will be extended by five minutes.

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

Scott Barrie: The Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill was introduced on 16 March 2006. It seeks powers to provide the promoter, Transport Initiatives Edinburgh Ltd, with statutory authority to build a new railway station at Edinburgh airport, and to construct 16km of new railways to connect said station to the national railway network, with connections at Winchburgh, Dalmeny, Gogar and Roddinglaw. The bill...

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

Scott Barrie: The committee examined fully the effect that the proposal might have on services in the central belt and further afield. We put Pauline McNeill's point to Network Rail. The RailSys summary showed that EARL would not disadvantage the running of services between Edinburgh and Glasgow every 15 minutes. It might also be useful to draw the Parliament's attention to the fact that the...

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

Scott Barrie: I think that I addressed that point, in part, in the response that I gave to Pauline McNeill. Although some journeys that are diverted via the airport may take a few minutes longer, the advantage is that people will have a direct connection to the airport. I want to put on record my thanks to the promoter and the objectors for the conciliatory and professional manner in which they conducted...

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

Scott Barrie: The committee was satisfied by the fact that the requirement for a code of construction practice is incorporated in the bill. We will thus be able to ensure that the promoter has a timetable to work with; hopefully, it will be able to work with the people affected along the route. I will return to that specific point later. The committee was impressed by the effort objectors put in to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Residential Care: Residential Care (8 Mar 2007)

Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report of the Historical Abuse Systemic Review: Residential Care for Children and Young People in Scotland 1950-1995 will be completed.

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

Scott Barrie: Alcohol consumption is on the increase, as are violence and health-related alcohol problems. That we must address the situation is not in doubt, but what we must do is far harder to determine. Prohibition is not the answer, as we all know from the experience in the United States. It is clear that the growth in organised crime was related to the passing of the 18 th amendment and that the...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Debt (28 Feb 2007)

Scott Barrie: I thank all the members who supported my motion, and I thank energywatch Scotland, which provided all MSPs with a comprehensive briefing for tonight's debate. In 1942, a seminal report on poverty identified five great social ills: want, squalor, idleness, ignorance and disease. The wartime Beveridge report formed the blueprint for the creation of Britain's welfare state after our victory in...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 49 — Persons authorised to perform functions under this Part (15 Feb 2007)

Scott Barrie: Although I accept the spirit of amendment 4, we should be serious about the reality of people who are employed in our local authorities. While the 24 months that Jean Turner indicated is her preferred option would be far too restrictive, I argue that 12 months is perhaps too restrictive as well. People should not underestimate the seriousness with which council employees will approach the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport: Social Workers (15 Feb 2007)

Scott Barrie: I note the welcome increase in the number of social workers by 25 per cent over the past five years. Does the minister agree that, as welcome as that increase is, the issue is not just about absolute numbers, but about the job that social workers are doing? Does he agree that social work cannot be and is not a stand-alone profession and that the key to effective social work practice is proper...

Scottish Parliament: Forth and Tay Bridges Tolls (8 Feb 2007)

Scott Barrie: I have listened carefully to the speeches that have been made this morning. I note the minister's total support for tolls on environmental grounds. I also note that in the SNP's opening speech and in the speech that we have just heard, there was no mention of the reasons why the tolls should be removed, apart from the grounds of equity, fairness and congestion, and no mention of how we will...

Scottish Parliament: Forth and Tay Bridges Tolls (8 Feb 2007)

Scott Barrie: No. Unusually, I will not take any interventions today. I believe fundamentally that the tolls on the Forth and Tay road bridges should be removed. It is a question of fairness, as it is only when people travel into Fife, from either the north or the south, that the tolls have to be paid. They are absolutely a tax on Fifers. I fail to accept that a £1 toll that is paid when people travel...

Scottish Parliament: Forth and Tay Bridges Tolls (8 Feb 2007)

Scott Barrie: No, I will not. Most important, removing the tolls would remove the basic unfairness that the people whom I represent, in west Fife, believe exists. We have heard about the tolls being removed from the two bridges in the west of Scotland. It is unacceptable that the bridges in the east of Scotland remain tolled. I do not use the bridge to get here; I use public transport, and I have to say...


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