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Results 121–140 of 7931 for speaker:Richard Lochhead

Scottish Parliament: Dundee and Angus College (Part-time Course Places) (3 Oct 2018)

Richard Lochhead: In the academic year 2016-17, there were 13,879 part-time enrolments at Dundee and Angus College. In 2009-10, there were 29,952 part-time enrolments. That is due to the deprioritisation by the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council of short courses that did not lead to employment or progression. Short courses continue to be funded and the majority of enrolments—73 per cent—...

Scottish Parliament: Dundee and Angus College (Part-time Course Places) (3 Oct 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I commit to doing what is right for our students, our colleges and the Scottish economy. The Scottish Government attaches great value to short courses that lead to employment or progression, given that colleges make a vital contribution to the upskilling and reskilling of Scotland’s workforce, which is what we absolutely must focus on. That is why, as I said, the majority of total...

Scottish Parliament: Colleges and Industry Partnership Working (27 Sep 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Partnership working with industry must, of course, be at the heart of what our colleges do. Our colleges play a key role in delivering educational opportunities that support individuals into the workplace and on to higher learning. We continue to ensure that every college in Scotland is in a strong position to meet the needs of both learners and employers.

Scottish Parliament: Colleges and Industry Partnership Working (27 Sep 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I thank the member for his question and his kind words. He is quite right that the skills academy partnership between West College Scotland and A C Whyte is a perfect example of colleges and employers working together and sets a fine example for the rest of the country to follow. I certainly intend to take the issue seriously and to seek to ensure that we foster such relationships between our...

Scottish Parliament: Colleges and Industry Partnership Working (27 Sep 2018)

Richard Lochhead: That is another issue that I am keen to pursue. Many tracking assessments are made of the destinations of students from colleges and universities. I am more than happy to look into that specific issue for the member and to drop him a note on that. It is important that we track the final workplace destinations of our students.

Scottish Parliament: International Trade (Impact of Tariffs) (28 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: 5. To ask the First Minister what assessment the Scottish Government has made of the potential impact on Scotland of a trade war between the United States and Europe following the recent imposition of new tariffs. (S5F-02514)

Scottish Parliament: International Trade (Impact of Tariffs) (28 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I thank the First Minister for her answer and welcome the fact that she shares my concern that the potential impact of a trade war is compounded by Europe’s decision to impose tariffs on American whiskey and bourbon in response to Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel, given that the US is the Scotch whisky sector’s most successful global market, worth £900...

Scottish Parliament: Education Reforms (26 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I welcome the cabinet secretary’s announcement of £10 million being made available through regional collaboration to tackle, among other things, rural deprivation. Can he say a little more about that? Does he recognise that the United Kingdom Government also has a responsibility to tackle rural deprivation, given the number of witnesses who have told the Education and Skills Committee that...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I begin by picking up on Maurice Golden’s point in which he said that the Scottish Government and the SNP are weaponising the issue of Brexit to promote the case for Scottish independence. The fact that we are having to have this debate today promotes that case. However, the reason why we have to have the debate in the first place is that the Conservative Party is using Brexit to attack...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I realise that Murdo Fraser and the Conservative Party think that they are making a very clever debating point.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I will answer the point. We are debating the potential for Scotland to lose 111 powers—if not more—because the Tories are taking the power to legislate on devolved issues without the consent of the Scottish Parliament. According to the Conservative Party, there are now two types of devolved powers: those that we enjoy exercising in this Parliament at the moment; and those that will come...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: In my closing 15 seconds—

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I urge the UK Government to start listening to Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Moray Council (New Administration) (21 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to meet the new administration of Moray Council. (S5O-02262)

Scottish Parliament: Moray Council (New Administration) (21 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: That was an early meeting, which is a very positive sign for a new working relationship. I am sure that the cabinet secretary will want to reiterate my congratulations to the new leader of Moray Council, Graham Leadbitter, to its first female convener, Councillor Shona Morrison, and to their colleagues. Is the cabinet secretary aware that they have inherited very difficult legacy issues after...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow School of Art Fire (19 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: The cabinet secretary will be aware that, even though it is Glasgow School of Art, many parts of Scotland have a deep connection with the school, including Moray, where its rural campus is based. Will she convey to the authorities, the staff and the students that, if there is anything that the people of Moray or, indeed, the rest of Scotland can do to help, we stand ready to do so?

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit Negotiations (Progress) (19 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Given that a Conservative Party that the people of Scotland did not vote for is using Brexit, which the people of Scotland did not vote for, to attack devolution, which the people of Scotland did vote for, does the minister agree that last week’s events strike at the very heart of Scottish democracy and that David Mundell, the Secretary of State for Scotland, was wrong to suggest that...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Crown Estate Bill: Stage 1 (19 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I welcome the debate and thank the committee for the stage 1 report, the Scottish Government for all the effort that it has put in and all the campaigners down the years for the achievement of the devolution of the Crown estate. According to the Scottish Parliament information centre briefing, this journey has been long—it has taken us 953 years to get here, so I understand the impatience...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Crown Estate Bill: Stage 1 (19 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I wish the Scottish Government well in consulting communities as we move forward.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Crown Estate Bill: Stage 1 (19 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: On the point about reflection, a number of members have raised the issue of Auchenhalrig farm on the Fochabers estate in my constituency, and it has also been raised by many of my constituents. Will the minister urge the cabinet secretary to reflect on the concerns that have been expressed and perhaps intervene, if that is appropriate? If the Crown Estate is looking to raise funds, will the...


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