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Results 161–180 of 7931 for speaker:Richard Lochhead

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I will first respond to Jamie Greene’s appeal, at the end of his speech, by pointing out that we cannot divorce the content of any parliamentary bill from its context, because the context lies at the heart of why the bill was introduced in the first place. I recall the many pledges that were made by the leave campaign during the EU referendum. For example, we all remember the £350 million...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Power is given to the Scottish ministers to protect devolution and the democratic will of the people of Scotland. I will reflect on a couple of experiences that I had with UK ministers over the years, which I think are relevant to the debate. I had a constant battle with UK fisheries ministers, who did not believe that any barriers should be put in place to prevent Scottish fishermen from...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I ask ministers not to budge an inch and to stick to their principles in order to protect Scottish devolution.

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Update (27 Feb 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Given that the current Conservative UK Government poses the biggest threat to Scottish devolution since the Parliament was reconvened in 1999, and given the enormity of the issues at stake for Scotland and our economy, I offer my support to the minister’s proposal to bring the continuity bill to Parliament, but I ask him to pay attention to negotiations across the Irish Sea. I know that he...

Scottish Parliament: Scotch Whisky (Contribution to Tourism) (27 Feb 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I congratulate Rachael Hamilton on securing the debate so that we can celebrate the Scotch whisky industry and everything that it contributes to Scotland. I expect that we will all be in the mood for a dram after we have listened to the various speeches. I am, already. Scotch whisky is a global and Scottish phenomenon. It is the most successful food or drink export from Scotland and the whole...

Scottish Parliament: Scotch Whisky (Contribution to Tourism) (27 Feb 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I am sure that the cabinet secretary would not want to let my good friend Sandra White get away with the claim that Glasgow in 1707 was the birthplace of Scottish whisky as we know it today, given the reference in the fantastic book “Scotland’s secret history: the illicit distilling and smuggling of whisky”, by Charles MacLean and Daniel MacCannell and edited by Marc Ellington, which...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (Brexit Transition Period) (21 Feb 2018)

Richard Lochhead: 5. To ask the Scottish Government to what extent any transition period for Brexit is likely to affect Scotland’s influence on future fisheries negotiations. (S5O-01798)

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (Brexit Transition Period) (21 Feb 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Many people might consider our departing the common fisheries policy to be one of the few silver linings of Brexit. The leave campaign and the Conservatives promised that Scottish waters would be returned to Scottish control in March 2019. Does the cabinet secretary agree that, if the transition period is agreed in such a way that decisions on the fate of Scotland’s fishing communities...

Scottish Parliament: Mortuary Standards (8 Feb 2018)

Richard Lochhead: As the First Minister will be aware, yesterday ministers accepted the recommendations of the group that was set up to improve mortuary standards in Scotland. She might also be aware that that was the result of a campaign that was launched by a constituent of mine, Mrs White, and her daughters, to improve standards after their horrific experience at the Moray mortuary. Does the First Minister...

Scottish Parliament: Single-use Plastics (7 Feb 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I take up Maurice Corry’s challenge and say that I expect, once again, to join the staff from the Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay at their local beach clean, as I have done for many years. I pay tribute to the groups in our constituencies and others throughout Scotland who clean our beaches and have supported this kind of debate. The debate, which is dedicated to single-use plastics, is...

Scottish Parliament: Wind Farms (Community Benefit) (1 Feb 2018)

Richard Lochhead: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to ensure that wind farm companies deliver adequate levels of community benefit to provide income streams for local communities. (S5O-01729)

Scottish Parliament: Wind Farms (Community Benefit) (1 Feb 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I am beginning to hear more and more excuses from wind farm developers who are trying to wriggle out of commitments to community benefits or to reduce their existing community benefits. I am also aware that many wind farm developments do not pay the recommended £5,000 per megawatt threshold that is recommended by the Scottish Government. In effect, that means that some communities are...

Scottish Parliament: World Cancer Day (1 Feb 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Sunday is world cancer day, which has taken place on 4 February each year since 2000. It was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control, the membership base of which is made up of more than 950 organisations across 150 countries, which are working to reduce the global cancer burden. Members in this country include Cancer Research UK. I thank Cancer Research UK for its input into...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (Moray) (18 Jan 2018)

Richard Lochhead: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress towards the expansion of Scottish Ambulance Service provision in Moray. (S5O-01667)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (Moray) (18 Jan 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I thank the cabinet secretary for her answer and I am sure that she will want to join me in paying tribute to the Scottish Ambulance Service for the role that it has played in dealing with the winter pressures on the national health service over the past few weeks. As the cabinet secretary will know from her recent meeting with ambulance workers in Elgin, for which they were very grateful,...

Scottish Parliament: Scotch Whisky (Post-Brexit Customs Arrangements) (18 Jan 2018)

Richard Lochhead: 4. To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Government has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding concerns expressed by the Scotch whisky industry regarding the possible consequences of Brexit for customs arrangements. (S5F-01929)

Scottish Parliament: Scotch Whisky (Post-Brexit Customs Arrangements) (18 Jan 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I am sure that the First Minister will be aware that 90 per cent of Scotch whisky is exported and that a third of such exports go to the EU, representing 10 per cent of all Scottish exports. Is the First Minister aware that, with the UK Government rushing headlong into a hard Brexit, the Scotch whisky industry is expressing increasing concern about the potential for confusion and chaos at...

Scottish Parliament: Scotch Whisky (Post-Brexit Customs Arrangements) (18 Jan 2018)

Richard Lochhead: —are detrimental to Scotland’s national interests?

Scottish Parliament: Carillion (16 Jan 2018)

Richard Lochhead: The thoughts of us all will be with Carillion employees and the subcontractors and suppliers. I am sure that the cabinet secretary is aware that Carillion has contracts for servicing Ministry of Defence properties in Scotland, which includes 650 properties in Moray connected to RAF Lossiemouth and accommodation at Kinloss barracks. I welcome the assurances that the MOD has given so far that...


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