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Results 1–20 of 1553 for speaker:Helen Eadie

Scottish Parliament: Opencast Mining (17 Sep 2013)

Helen Eadie: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this afternoon’s debate and to support the motion as amended by Claire Baker. I represent Cowdenbeath, and I am sure that most would agree that over the years Fife as a whole has played a massive role in coal production. Indeed, at one time, Fife had at least 61 mines; they were predominantly deep mines, but it had its share of opencast mines. As a...

Scottish Parliament: Opencast Mining (17 Sep 2013)

Helen Eadie: Okay—I will leave it at that. Thank you very much, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Forth Crossing (Local Jobs) (12 Sep 2013)

Helen Eadie: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the number of local jobs that have been created as a result of the construction works for the Forth replacement crossing. (S4O-02378)

Scottish Parliament: Forth Crossing (Local Jobs) (12 Sep 2013)

Helen Eadie: Can the cabinet secretary justify to this Parliament why an accommodation ship is moored in the River Forth for over 100 Spaniards working on the new Forth crossing, along with a freight ship with all the requisite food from Spain, which is denying local shops and businesses much-needed trade? That is against a background where Fife still experiences very troubling high levels of unemployment.

Scottish Parliament: Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies (Draft Code of Practice) (5 Sep 2013)

Helen Eadie: Unfortunately, Dave Thompson is unable to be here. As deputy convener of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, I am standing in for him. The draft code of practice for ministerial appointments to public bodies was laid before the Parliament by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life on 20 May 2013. It was formally submitted to the Scottish ministers and...

Scottish Parliament: Road Repairs (Fife) (27 Jun 2013)

Helen Eadie: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how much it will cost to repair the defects in roads in Fife. (S4O-02317)

Scottish Parliament: Road Repairs (Fife) (27 Jun 2013)

Helen Eadie: I ask the minister to investigate the situation with insurance companies in Scotland that cover damage from road defects, particularly potholes. Insurance companies such as Gallagher Bassett continually refuse to honour the claims of the constituents of many members. Recently, I had to go to the sheriff court with a constituent, who won their case, but it ended up costing the council and the...

Scottish Parliament: Road Repairs (Fife) (27 Jun 2013)

Helen Eadie: I would be glad if the minister would review that situation.

Scottish Parliament: Flooding (Fife) (23 May 2013)

Helen Eadie: 1. To ask the Scottish Government when it last had discussions with relevant officials concerning flooding in Fife. (S4O-02155)

Scottish Parliament: Flooding (Fife) (23 May 2013)

Helen Eadie: I thank the minister for that answer and for the very good debate that we had on the issue just a few weeks ago. How does the minister propose to deal with the apparent intransigence of a variety of officials in Fife Council, Network Rail, Scottish Water and other organisations who appear not to be having serious regard to the repeated flooding that is affecting many residents in both private...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Road Bridge Bill: Stage 3 (23 May 2013)

Helen Eadie: Alex Fergusson said that it was a long road to the bridge and then John Pentland, who is sitting behind me, said that it was a bridge too far—I say to him that it was never a bridge too far in my book. If I have to give credit where credit is due, I am very glad that the Government is building a new crossing. As one of the people who were pilloried in the beginning for daring to suggest,...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Road Bridge Bill: Stage 3 (23 May 2013)

Helen Eadie: Yes, but it was FETA and the local authorities that developed the idea in the beginning, and the fact is that starving FETA of cash diminishes the important role that it played in developing that idea—and then the Government comes along to provide the cash. That was my point. FETA came up with solutions for specific problems, and there were specific congestion problems all around that area...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Road Bridge Bill: Stage 3 (23 May 2013)

Helen Eadie: Okay, Presiding Officer—I am grateful for your tolerance. I will leave it at that.

Scottish Parliament: Hairpieces Contract (NHS Scotland) (16 May 2013)

Helen Eadie: Will the minister meet with concerned members? I, too, have had representations, not just from that particular company, but from an Edinburgh-based company that had to close its doors. The fact is that the cabinet secretary’s officials offered an agent in Falkirk a stairlift, but it did not offer that to Sheds in Dunfermline. Why is one being treated with a degree of equity when another is not?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill: Stage 1 (14 May 2013)

Helen Eadie: I am pleased to thank the convener and all those who are connected with the work of the Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee for the very detailed response that they have given the Parliament in their report. This stage 1 debate on a referendum bill is an opportunity to move the debate beyond the technical issues of the franchise to a wider discussion of how we can encourage people to get...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill: Stage 1 (14 May 2013)

Helen Eadie: The point is that, if people are able to vote in a parliamentary election here, that is a sufficient criterion. That is what the committee report says, and that is the Government’s position, I believe. I entirely support that position. That is a separate issue from the wider moral aspects to which Margo MacDonald refers. I turn to my thoughts about prisoners. I read with interest the email...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill: Stage 1 (14 May 2013)

Helen Eadie: No; not at the moment. This is an opportunity to develop a distinctive alternative to the existing UK blanket ban on convicted prisoners voting in elections. That course could bring us closer to the practice in other European democracies such as Denmark, Finland, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. The commission recommended that the Scottish Parliament should have a debate on...

Scottish Parliament: Flood Insurance Problems (7 May 2013)

Helen Eadie: I welcome the work that is being undertaken on this important matter across the UK by many people from all walks of life. I especially thank the petitioner, Professor David Crichton, for bringing a petition to the Scottish Parliament on such a critical issue. In Scotland, we are fortunate to have someone who seems—according to his resumé—to have given much of his life to intensive work...

Scottish Parliament: Press Regulation (30 Apr 2013)

Helen Eadie: I say at the outset that it is excellent that all the party leaders in Scotland are working constructively to tackle the issues and to balance the need to protect individuals with the need to protect the essential freedoms of the press, which are vital to any democratic country. We need only look around the world to see what happens when there is no press freedom. I agree with much of what...

Scottish Parliament: Press Regulation (30 Apr 2013)

Helen Eadie: I am on my last paragraph, Presiding Officer. “Their charter is a challenge to free speech and an act of defiance against both a collective, democratic decision of Parliament and the considered recommendations of a year-long, judge-led public inquiry. It is also an insult to the public and to all of those who have suffered abuse at the hands of newspapers in the past few decades and who are...


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