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Results 1–20 of 7931 for speaker:Richard Lochhead

Scottish Parliament written answers — Animal Welfare: Animal Welfare (5 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: Section 49(2) of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 defines an "inspector" in the context of any particular provision under part 2 of the act (the animal welfare part) as a person: (a) appointed as an inspector by the Scottish ministers, or authorised by them, for the purpose of the provision, or (b) appointed as an inspector by a local authority for the purpose of the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Fisheries: Fisheries (5 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: We are committed to ensuring that Scotland has a vibrant, confident fishing industry, which supports the communities dependant on this industry. Support is available under the European Fisheries Fund to organisations, such as fishing co-operatives to carry out projects of common interest whose scope is broader than that of private enterprises and which help meet the objectives of the common...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Fisheries: Fisheries (5 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: We are aware of 16 fishing co-operatives operating in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Fisheries: Fisheries (5 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: I wrote to stakeholders on 16 December providing an update on our plans for quota management and licensing in Scotland. This set out in broad terms our plans to have a phased implementation of quota and licensing arrangements in Scotland during 2009. A report summarising the views received to the consultation was also released at this time. Due to the focus on the very important year end...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Marine Environment: Marine Environment (5 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government’s consultation Sustainable Seas for All – A consultation on Scotland’s first marine bill closed on 6 October 2008. It contains proposals for possible changes to seal legislation which will seek to improve the balance between seal conservation and sustainable fisheries and fish farms. The responses to this consultation are currently being analysed. It is...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Marine Environment: Marine Environment (5 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government’s consultation Sustainable Seas for All – A consultation on Scotland’s first marine bill closed on 6 October 2008. It contains proposals for several possible changes to seal legislation, including a proposal for requiring reporting information on all shooting of seals. The responses to this consultation are currently being analysed.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Supermarkets: Supermarkets (6 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment meets regularly with representatives of the major supermarket chains. Some of those meetings which have taken place include: Retailer Discussion Day - 8 April 2008 Asda Sainsbury’s Morrisons Tesco M&S Somerfield The Co-op Waitrose Scottish Retail Consortium. Discussion centred on what retailers thought should be included in the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: NFU Scotland (Meetings) (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: I often meet representatives of NFUS, including here in the Scottish Parliament, on farms throughout Scotland and at European Union councils. Most recently, I attended the NFUS less favoured area committee on 1 December, reflecting my concern for the challenges that the livestock sector is currently experiencing; and on 17 December I met the NFUS to discuss fallen stock, among other issues.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: NFU Scotland (Meetings) (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: I do not accept the premise of the member's question—we are making LFASS payments that will begin to arrive in accounts at the beginning of next week, which is quicker than last year. We have already paid 93 per cent of single farm payments, which is also quicker than last year. I know that that has been warmly welcomed by farmers and crofters the length and breadth of Scotland. With...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Communities: Communities (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: The Local Capital Grants Scheme (LCGS) was one element of the Scottish Rural Partnership Fund (SRPF). The Scheme closed to new applications in 2005. Details of the final round of SRPF, including £1.5 million for LCGS, can be viewed at the Scottish Government website http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Rural/rural-policy/16780/6 512/Q/ViewArchived/ On Previous years’ awards were announced but...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Communities: Communities (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: The Local Capital Grants Scheme (LCGS) was one element of the Scottish Rural Partnership Fund (SRPF). The scheme closed to new applications in 2005. It is not now readily possible to provide the detailed breakdown requested. However, funding of around £1 million per year was committed to, for a wide range of community facilities across Scotland, for the duration of the scheme. Currently...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Fisheries: Fisheries (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government does not gather this information. The number of farmed salmon killed by seal predation can vary significantly from year to year. However, the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation estimates that in excess of 500,000 salmon are predated annually by seals.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Livestock: Livestock (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government is very supportive of the principal of preventative vaccination in combination with protection from imports and welcomes the proposals for blue zones. However, the EU legislation is not yet in force and there remain some concerns regarding the practicalities of implementing the new zone. The European Commission has agreed to look again at the surveillance and trade...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Marine Environment: Marine Environment (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government is committed to the conservation of seal populations in Scotland’s marine environment. The common seal survey of 2006 first revealed a significant reduction in common seal numbers in the Northern Isles (i.e. Orkney and Shetland) and in the Firth of Tay. There was no comparable reduction in common seal numbers in the Outer Hebrides or in the Moray Firth. The Scottish...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Marine Environment: Marine Environment (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: The Conservation of Seals Act 1970 already provides for close seasons during the breeding periods to protect mothers and pups.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Recycling: Recycling (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: For reasons of brevity and convenience. The use of the generic term "recycling", defined to include recovery and re-use, implies neither a preference for recycling as defined in the Waste Framework Directive over "recovery" and "re-use" defined there, nor the contrary.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rural Development: Rural Development (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: A review of the National Fallen Stock Scheme has already been undertaken by Mr Bob Bansback, on behalf of all the UK Rural Affairs Departments, and was completed in August 2008. Following discussions with ministers, the Board of the National Fallen Stock Company intends to consult stakeholder groups on possible future ownership models and structures in the early part of 2009.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rural Development: Rural Development (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: Spending on new projects under Rural Priorities could not begin until after the Scotland Rural Development Programme 2007-13 was approved by the European Commission earlier this year. The programme as approved fixes budgets by measure, for example those for supporting new entrants or for agri-environment payments and not by the delivery mechanism, such as Rural Priorities or Land Manager’s...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rural Development: Rural Development (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: I received the Report " A review of the European Union Agricultural Subsidy Appeals Procedure in Scotland" on 4 November which I have carefully considered. I have accepted 16 of the 17 recommendations made by the review team led by former NFU President John Kinnaird including the principle of an independent appeals procedure. Work has now begun on implementing the recommendations we are able...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rural Development: Rural Development (8 Jan 2009)

Richard Lochhead: I set up an independent review of the EU Agricultural Subsidy appeals procedure in November 2007. Following extensive consultation and assessment of the current process I received the Report " A review of the European Union Agricultural Subsidy Appeals Procedure in Scotland" on 4 November which I have now carefully considered. I have accepted sixteen of the seventeen recommendations made by...


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