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Scottish Parliament: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Mar 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: I am sorry, but I did not ask to speak on this group.

Scottish Parliament: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Mar 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: In speaking to amendment 15, I pay tribute to Suscoms—Sustainable Communities (Scotland)—which first alerted the Public Petitions Committee to a variety of problems regarding houses in multiple occupation in parts of our towns and cities. In supporting the original petition, Pauline McNeill and Sandra White raised HMO problems—which we have now resolved—in Glasgow; Margo MacDonald,...

Scottish Parliament: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Mar 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: I am very grateful to Margo MacDonald for her kind words. I draw members’ attention to the situation in St Andrews, which I may have mentioned before. The core of the town, which is arguably the most complete medieval town centre in Scotland, is now given over virtually entirely to students living in HMOs. Some local streets have as few as eight permanent residents and as many as 35 HMO...

Scottish Parliament: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Mar 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: I am very gratified by the minister’s kind words and his acceptance of my amendment. I might have more to say in a valedictory sense in my final contribution, which will be in the main debate. I believe that the amendment will provide a small but extremely effective weapon in local authorities’ armoury when they come to deal with HMO applications in future, especially in areas where there...

Scottish Parliament: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Mar 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: I want to make one or two other points. I pay a personal tribute to Alex Neil, who has been more than generous in the time that he has given to help solve an undoubtedly difficult problem. I am delighted that our joint efforts in this respect have borne fruit today and I wish him well in whatever future capacity he finds himself after 5 May. I am also grateful to those from other parties who...

Scottish Parliament: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill (17 Mar 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: In winding up for the Conservatives today, I begin what will possibly be my final contribution in this place by saying how grateful I am for the kind words of my friend and colleague Alex Johnstone, the minister, Margo MacDonald and others who referred to my impending departure. Enoch Powell said: “All political lives ... end in failure.” Although I do not place myself on quite the same...

Scottish Parliament: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill (17 Mar 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: Absolutely, as the minister will discover if he checks the register of landlords. However, there have been problems. Pauline McNeill and Patricia Ferguson alluded to some of them, and I mentioned particular problems in relation to the overconcentration of HMOs in some areas and the apparent lack of courage of certain local authorities to use existing legislation to resolve those problems. At...

Scottish Parliament: Historic Buildings (Protection) (10 Mar 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: When I came into the Parliament some eight years ago, I asked the then minister about the vexed question of Historic Scotland’s failure to come to any agreement with the owner of Castle Tioram on the castle’s future. The Minister for Culture and External Affairs has given me encouraging noises over the past months. Will she take the opportunity, which will certainly be my last at culture...

Scottish Parliament: Coalfields Regeneration Trust (24 Feb 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: I congratulate Helen Eadie on securing tonight’s important members’ business debate, even though her thunder was partially stolen when her party opted to debate the same topic this morning. However, no one who passes Helen’s office and sees the many tributes to miners that are on display can be in any doubt about her unswerving support of our former mining communities. When I was a...

Scottish Parliament: Public Records (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (10 Feb 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: What is vinyl?

Scottish Parliament: Public Records (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (10 Feb 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: I have always been attracted to the view that journalism is the first draft of history. The historian’s craft is, of course, the superior one, given the journalistic distortions and spin that the historian must navigate in coming to a balanced version of events. However, both crafts undoubtedly echo the Inuit view that to know where one is going, one must first know where one comes from....

Scottish Parliament: Malawi (3 Feb 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: As another of the members who have recently returned from Malawi, I commend to the minister the twinning arrangements that are being trialled with 10 MPs from Malawi. I was fortunate to have a valuable meeting with my partner, John Hiwa, who is the member for Ntcheu West; other MSPs met their partners. Does the minister agree that extending that twinning scheme would only strengthen local...

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Jan 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: Members might recall that at stage 1 I described this as “a much ado about nothing bill.”—[Official Report, 4 November 2010; c 30071.] The fact that no amendments have been lodged indicates that my judgment might not have been far off. However, since it is the mark of any civilised society that it preserves and safeguards its historic heritage, we on this side of the chamber will today...

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Jan 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: I accept what the minister says, and I know that the committee looked carefully at section 18 and on balance accepted the current wording, but we shall have to see how it works in practice. If the Law Society’s fears are realised—as I suspect they will be—we should return to the provision at some future date when, I happen to believe, more substantive heritage legislation will be...

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Jan 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: What about the coalition?

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Jan 2011)

Ted Brocklebank: As far as philosophy is concerned, does the minister agree with my view that one of the problems with Historic Scotland, particularly in recent years, is that it appears to have been more interested in preserving sculpted ruins than in developing organically some of the buildings that are important in our past? Should that not be looked at more carefully?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: Local Authorities (Private Sector Solicitors) (16 Dec 2010)

Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has had with local authorities regarding the employment of private sector solicitors. (S3O-12348)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: Local Authorities (Private Sector Solicitors) (16 Dec 2010)

Ted Brocklebank: I thank the cabinet secretary for that interesting reply. Does that mean that he is unaware that, apparently, the City of Edinburgh Council now spends more on external legal advice than any other Scottish council and that, last year, it spent £2.3 million—a staggering two thirds more than it spent two years before—on such private legal advice? Against that background, and given John...

Scottish Parliament: RAF Leuchars (15 Dec 2010)

Ted Brocklebank: Tonight's debate is as important as it is timely, especially in the light of renewed press speculation that Leuchars is to close and, indeed, that the Royal Air Force has recommended its closure. The Ministry of Defence has dismissed the story as complete speculation and as "deeply unsettling for staff at the RAF bases and their local communities". The ministry is right to say that the...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Crossing Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Ted Brocklebank: I, too, welcome Keith Brown to his new ministerial responsibilities. As a Fifer, I welcome the opportunity to speak in this historic debate, which will finally provide a sustainable future for crossings between Edinburgh and the east coast and, specifically, Fife. I have long argued that the kingdom has been poorly served on transportation issues. From the iniquitous road tolls to the...


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