Results 1–20 of 436 for speaker:Charlie Gordon

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Our previous full-scale debate on local bus services was way back on 12 June 2008. That is not to say that Labour has not campaigned relentlessly before and since for various improvements for bus users. Throughout this parliamentary session, we have fought for free bus travel for people who are on the lower rate of disability living allowance. We have fought for demand-responsive transport...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Not for the first time, Mr Brown is wrong. If he listens for a bit longer, he will learn. The traffic commissioner continued: “Thus, Edinburgh has Lothian Bus whereas the surrounding counties have Stagecoach; Dundee has Travel Dundee ... and the counties have Stagecoach; Aberdeen has First Aberdeen and the counties have Stagecoach. Glasgow is slightly different but the dominant provider is...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: I am sorry, but I do not have time: maybe later. I pressed Mr Swinney at that meeting by asking: “Are you now saying that the deal that was done” —that was the deal with the bus service operators— “will ensure that substantially the same commercial bus network will be in place for the next couple of years?” John Swinney replied, “Yes”, and I said—and I say again: “We will...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: I cited the transport commissioner, who described most of the bus scene in Scotland as a monopoly and near-monopoly city and county arrangement. Does the member deny her experience and knowledge?

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: I always like to give transport ministers credit where it is due and I have done that since Keith Brown took over his job. I will not criticise him for not taking an intervention from Karen Gillon, because I think he is feart of her. To be fair, so am I. However, he rather phoned in his opening speech. He said that the Government’s role was to set the policy framework. He said that there is...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: I have already touched on the financial effect that I want to see from the type of reregulation that I advocate. In fairness to Rob Gibson, who is a thoughtful contributor at the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, he rightly made the point that integration of transport modes is not reflected in his part of rural Scotland. He made points, on which I have already advocated,...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Again, Mr Stevenson makes a point that he wishes he had made a fortnight ago, during the fuel duty debate. I back Ed Balls’s judgment rather than even Stewart Stevenson’s. Ross Finnie was on stronger ground when he praised the achievements of the former Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive. I am one of the SPTA’s former chairs, so I...

Scottish Parliament: Land Use Planning System (17 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: 4. To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recent changes to the land use planning system have helped expedite local planning decisions. (S3O-13344)

Scottish Parliament: Land Use Planning System (17 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: I have been made aware that a major established business in Edinburgh is still awaiting a decision on its master plan after some nine months, having incurred professional fees and overall opportunity costs of some £600,000. Does the minister think that such examples are acceptable as we strive to get Scotland back to full employment?

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

Charlie Gordon: I welcome the opportunity to make a brief contribution. In the stage 1 debate I spoke exclusively on the rogue landlord aspects of the bill, given the antisocial behaviour of the tenants of rogue landlords in my constituency. I make no apology for reiterating my concerns, because the problems are on-going. A new case that landed on my desk the other day made me reconsider my previous...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (14 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what training arrangements there are for (a) dentists and (b) anaesthetists who might require to sign certificates authorising treatment under general anaesthetic on behalf of adults with incapacity.

Scottish Parliament: Nurture Classes (Support) (10 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: 2. To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to nurture classes across Scotland. (S3O-13226)

Scottish Parliament: Nurture Classes (Support) (10 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Is the door still open for nurture groups to become a standard feature of the development of the curriculum for excellence?

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: I was talking to the minister on the telephone the other day and I mentioned that I saw some snowdrops in Glasgow last weekend, but I said, “Keith, before you rush off to the control room, they were the flower snowdrops, which are a sure harbinger of spring.” This is the fourth spring in a row that we have had a debate here at Holyrood on fuel duty and we are in by far the most severe...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Every UK Government makes provision for an increase in fuel annually, but it is a matter of fact that the previous Labour Government often postponed planned duty increases when world oil prices were on the up, as they are now. What about the fuel duty stabiliser that George Osborne and David Cameron promised before the election? According to the Scottish Parliament information centre, the...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: It is true that the Labour-led Executive did not initiate discussions with the European Union about a rural derogation; it introduced practical grant aid to rural petrol stations, to which the minister referred. That is practical help. It is easy to talk, to be a “gaunae” and to break promises, but it is much harder to deliver for people in situations that I admit are complex.

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: We are not making a U-turn, because a derogation for rural areas is not in the Government’s motion. That does not mean that the Labour Party is not still very interested in the idea, but it is—unfortunately—for another day. In September 2010, the Office for Budget Responsibility—which Tory Prime Minister David Cameron established—reported on the idea that is in the motion, which is...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: First, I want to make it clear that I did not refer to Labour cuts in fuel duty. I referred to the deferment and cancellation of planned increases under the previous UK Labour Government. While I am on my feet, in light of the Office for Budget Responsibility report, will the member tell the chamber exactly how a fuel duty regulator will work?

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Will the member give way on that point?


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