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Results 141–160 of 7931 for speaker:Richard Lochhead

Scottish Parliament: Orkambi (12 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Like many other members, I have been contacted by constituents who take a close interest in the issue. In my case, they are the grandparents of a five-year-old girl who has cystic fibrosis. One of the main features of today’s debate has been discussion of how we can reduce the amount of time between the drug being given the green light—if it is given the green light—and being available...

Scottish Parliament: Onshore Wind Energy (Community Benefit) (7 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I thank colleagues for signing the motion and staying behind for the debate. Scotland’s transformation into a renewables powerhouse has been one of this Government’s and this Parliament’s biggest success stories. It was tremendous news when ministers recently announced that 2017 had been a record year for renewable electricity and that 68.1 per cent of gross electricity consumption had...

Scottish Parliament: Onshore Wind Energy (Community Benefit) (7 Jun 2018)

Richard Lochhead: In light of the fact that no wind farms in my constituency pay anywhere near the national standard, and that solar farms are now being built in my constituency—ironically by a company called Elgin Energy that I think is based outside Scotland—can the minister confirm that the principles and guidance apply to all onshore renewables, and not just to onshore wind, and that solar farms and...

Scottish Parliament: Whisky Industry (United States Post-Brexit Trade Deal) (24 May 2018)

Richard Lochhead: 4. To ask the First Minister what assessment the Scottish Government has made of how any proposed post-Brexit trade deal with the United States could impact on the whisky sector. (S5F-02366)

Scottish Parliament: Whisky Industry (United States Post-Brexit Trade Deal) (24 May 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I invite the First Minister to join me in congratulating the Edrington Group on investing £500 million in The Macallan, including £140 million in the truly spectacular distillery and visitor centre that was unveiled in Speyside this week. Does the First Minister agree that that massive investment, along with others across the industry, underlines the need to protect this valuable industry...

Scottish Parliament: Education (Subject Choices) (23 May 2018)

Richard Lochhead: It is probably worth saying at the outset that I firmly believe that we cannot measure a pupil’s success just by the number of highers that they have in their hand when they leave school, or indeed the school’s success in educating children by the number of qualifications that the children have when they leave school. Those are important factors, but we should not dwell on them alone in...

Scottish Parliament: Veterans (Health and Wellbeing) (17 May 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I thank the Scottish veterans commissioner, Eric Fraser, for another valuable report, which this time is on the health and wellbeing of veterans, and I thank the cabinet secretary for her supportive statement. I welcome the commitment to launching an awareness-raising campaign in June, which is needed in rural areas, in particular. We must make every effort to ensure that veterans in places...

Scottish Parliament: Erasmus+ (16 May 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I associate myself with the comments of our committee convener, Joan McAlpine. I thank the clerks for all their hard work on the report, fellow members of the committee and all the witnesses who gave oral and written evidence. Erasmus of Rotterdam was a famous European philosopher in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. He lived in France, Switzerland, Belgium and England, among other...

Scottish Parliament: Erasmus+ (16 May 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I certainly think that referendums should be based on accurate information and reality. Given that many of the changes that have taken place between nations down the centuries have involved not referendums but much more unhealthy ways of taking decisions on the future of countries, it is fantastic that we have referendums in this day and age. However, I wish that all referendum campaigns...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I confess that I am one of the oldies, in that I was here in 1999 for the fanfare of the opening of the Scottish Parliament. Since then, every time that I have spoken in debates about powers for the Scottish Parliament, it has always been about new powers coming to the Scottish Parliament, and we have talked about the vision, the imagination and the ambition in what we can do with new powers...

Scottish Parliament: Parcel Delivery Charges (10 May 2018)

Richard Lochhead: 4. To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will provide an update on progress towards tackling excessive parcel delivery surcharges affecting parts of Scotland. (S5F-02329)

Scottish Parliament: Parcel Delivery Charges (10 May 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I thank the First Minister for the news about the ministerial meeting that will take place. I continue to be inundated with cases of unjustifiable and excessive parcel delivery surcharges that have been imposed on homes and businesses in Moray and throughout Scotland by some companies, although other companies deliver free or for a modest charge. It is not just a rural issue. For instance,...

Scottish Parliament: Parcel Delivery Charges (10 May 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Given that the case for regulation, which the First Minister mentioned, is getting stronger and stronger, will she personally intervene and take the matter up with the UK Government so that we can scrap the £36 million surcharge on Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Automated Teller Machines (2 May 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I, too, congratulate Dean Lockhart on securing this debate so that we can all make a contribution highlighting the issue’s importance to local communities and to wider rural Scotland in particular. I also pay tribute to Which? for its campaign, and thank the FSB, Age Concern and others who have sent us valuable briefings. There is a sense that there is a new emerging banking crisis in...

Scottish Parliament: Fatal Accident Inquiries (2012 Tornado Crash) (26 Apr 2018)

Richard Lochhead: The First Minister will recall that, in 2016, we passed legislation making fatal accident inquiries mandatory for military deaths. As a result, my constituent Jimmy Jones and I are meeting the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service on Tuesday to put to it the case that there should now be an FAI into the Royal Air Force Tornado crash in the Moray Firth in 2012, which tragically claimed...

Scottish Parliament: Royal Air Force (Centenary) (19 Apr 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I congratulate Alexander Stewart on his speech and on giving Parliament the opportunity to commemorate and celebrate the RAF’s centenary. It is an opportunity to commemorate the service given by tens of thousands of men and women over the past 100 years in defending their country and in participating in many other valuable tasks, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. It is also an...

Scottish Parliament: Major Infrastructure Projects (22 Mar 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I welcome Transport Scotland’s approachability in the consultation process for the Hardmuir to Fochabers section of the A96. Will the cabinet secretary give some thought to how the co-creative process could be used to ensure that the community has an even bigger role in shaping the road?

Scottish Parliament: Dr Gray’s Hospital (Children’s Ward) (15 Mar 2018)

Richard Lochhead: The First Minister will be aware that, despite the best efforts of local management and staff, overnight admissions to the children’s ward at Dr Gray’s hospital in Elgin have once again been suspended—only temporarily, I hope—due to a shortage of paediatricians, which has been compounded by on-going issues with attracting trainee doctors to the hospital. That means that families face...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Grampian (Waiting Times) (14 Mar 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Although I welcome the extra cash for NHS Grampian, I draw the cabinet secretary’s attention to the growing frustration that is being expressed by the campaign group called Affa Sair on the long waiting times for pain clinics, particularly in Moray, given that people do not want to have to travel to Aberdeen all the time for treatment. Can she investigate that matter and perhaps provide an...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Grampian (Waiting Times) (14 Mar 2018)

Richard Lochhead: One member of the group was quoted as saying that she had waited more than two years for injections that she should get every six months. Could the cabinet secretary investigate that issue as well, please?

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