Results 1–20 of 8471 for speaker:Richard Lochhead

Scottish Parliament: GP Surgery Closures (Highlands and Islands) (21 Mar 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I thank Douglas Ross for giving way, and I congratulate him on securing this important debate. I join him in paying tribute to the save our surgeries campaign, whose members are here today to promote the interests of their communities. I concur with the member’s concerns as he has expressed them in his opening remarks. Does he agree with me that it is really important, given that new...

Scottish Parliament: GP Surgery Closures (Highlands and Islands) (21 Mar 2024)

Richard Lochhead: Will the cabinet secretary give way?

Scottish Parliament: GP Surgery Closures (Highlands and Islands) (21 Mar 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I thank the cabinet secretary for his constructive response to the debate so far. He might be aware that, in my Moray constituency, Glasgow School of Art has a campus, which hosts the rural centre of excellence for digital health and care innovation. At my instigation, the centre has been discussing with the Moray health and social care partnership the possibility of a project on innovation...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I welcome the debate. It is important for the Scottish Parliament to debate the future of Scotland’s economy regularly. We are at a pivotal moment in economic history. The decisions that we take in the next few years will affect future generations and the future success of our economy. The Scottish Government is taking action to ensure that Scotland’s economy reaches its full potential,...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I apologise; I have only four minutes. The First Minister quoted Professor Diane Coyle of the University of Cambridge, who recently wrote: “Investment in productive assets has been lower in the UK than in any of the other G7 countries since at least 1990.” The First Minister went on to say that “the UK displays a remarkable and persistent level of geographic inequality, with an...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I apologise, but I have about one and a half minutes left. I always take interventions, but not when I have only four minutes. I apologise. Against that backdrop, Scotland is still the top-performing region outside London and the south-east, with the third-highest wages and GVA per person in 2021. Since we came to office in 2007, Scotland’s GDP per capita has grown faster than the UK’s,...

Scottish Parliament: Just Transition (Gender Equality) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Richard Lochhead: We are committed to doing what we can to increase diversity and representation in the workforce by supporting women and people with protected characteristics to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the green transition. Our just transition plans will show how that will be integrated into our policy making. For example, we have already funded flexible working and workplace equality...

Scottish Parliament: Just Transition (Gender Equality) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Richard Lochhead: The member’s sentiments on the issue are correct. Our forthcoming just transition plans will take into account the equality impact assessment for the energy strategy and just transition plan that is being carried out by the consultancy SWECO and which includes reference to the status of women in the green workforce. That will underpin our just transition policy to ensure that we can achieve...

Scottish Parliament: Business Confidence and Promotion of Entrepreneurship ( 7 Feb 2024)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government is fully committed to boosting the confidence of our business sector by establishing Scotland as a world-class entrepreneurial nation, which is underpinned by our 10-year economic strategy. We absolutely believe in the potential for Scotland to be recognised as one of the best countries in which to start and grow a business. We continue to support entrepreneurship,...

Scottish Parliament: Business Confidence and Promotion of Entrepreneurship ( 7 Feb 2024)

Richard Lochhead: In the past few days, I have spoken to a number of businesses in Scotland that are expanding and recruiting more people. They are very confident about the future, particularly in many of the tech sectors and in energy transition areas of the economy. It is an exciting time just now in parts of the Scottish economy, and I do not think that we should talk Scotland down as an attractive location...

Scottish Parliament: Business Confidence and Promotion of Entrepreneurship ( 7 Feb 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I thank Fergus Ewing for highlighting the challenges that many hospitality businesses in Scotland face at the moment. It is a mixed picture. I have spoken to many hospitality businesses that are expanding and are investing significant amounts of resource for the future. I have just returned from a tourism summit in Islay, where I spoke to many local businesses. There are many challenges on...

Scottish Parliament: Business Confidence and Promotion of Entrepreneurship ( 7 Feb 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I am happy to look into that. As I am sure that the member would have expected, I do not have the figures to hand. However, I met enterprise agencies this morning and they were pointing to some of the significant success of companies that they have been supporting over the past year. I expect official statistics for that to be released in the coming weeks. Our enterprise companies are...

Scottish Parliament: International Exports (Support for Growth) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Richard Lochhead: The publication “ A Trading Nation—a plan for growing Scotland’s exports” guides our approach to increasing Scotland’s international exports. As part of that plan, we have added more international trade specialists, nearly doubled the GlobalScot network, increased our trade envoy network from four to 11 and run a programme of major events at events such as the Dubai expo,...

Scottish Parliament: International Exports (Support for Growth) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Richard Lochhead: Audrey Nicoll is correct. Brexit has been an unmitigated disaster for Scotland. Although we expect the Tories not to support Scotland on this issue, it is particularly disappointing that the Labour Party will continue with its pro-Brexit policy, which is causing so much damage to Scotland. [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: International Exports (Support for Growth) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Richard Lochhead: So much for a union of equals. We are paying close attention to the welcome progress in Northern Ireland, while recognising that the barriers to trade do not exist there under the current proposals, whereas Scotland, which likewise voted against Brexit, will continue to have barriers in trading with Europe. That is completely unacceptable. Many businesses the length and breadth of Scotland...

Scottish Parliament: International Exports (Support for Growth) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I recall very well that a former rural affairs secretary in the UK Government spoke out against his Government’s trade deals, such as the deal with New Zealand and other countries, because those deals betrayed Scotland’s farmers and rural industries. As the UK Government goes round with the begging bowl post-Brexit, trying to get deals at any cost, it is important that the Government in...

Scottish Parliament: Technology (25 Jan 2024)

Richard Lochhead: Today, as we celebrate the contribution of Rabbie Burns to the world, in this debate we can celebrate and discuss Scotland’s contribution to the world as a technology nation. The world’s economy faces two extraordinary and arguably unprecedented and unavoidable forces. First, there is the critical need to transition from an economic model that is based on fossil fuels to one that is based...

Scottish Parliament: Technology (25 Jan 2024)

Richard Lochhead: There is an element of truth in the member’s point, and it is an important point in the debate, but I hope that, as my remarks progress, I can give the member some confidence that we are doing that at the moment. We have a thriving space industry, with more than 130 companies in a sector that employs 18 per cent of the United Kingdom workforce and has seen recent revenue growth of 30 per...

Scottish Parliament: Technology (25 Jan 2024)

Richard Lochhead: The member raises an issue that is very topical and pertinent to the debate. Of course, at the moment, there is a huge amount of activity in Scotland, with lots of signs of progress in relation to that challenge. I will refer again to some of the progress that is now evident, because we want sticky jobs that stay in Scotland, which is particularly the case with tech jobs. In this country, we...


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