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Scottish Parliament: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (Gold Commanders) (11 Sep 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: 6. To ask the Scottish Government in what circumstances Scottish Fire and Rescue Service gold commanders are deployed. (S5O-03504)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (Gold Commanders) (11 Sep 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: Does the minister—

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (Gold Commanders) (11 Sep 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: Does the minister accept that current procedures mean that, in the event of such a serious incident at St Fergus, on royal Deeside or in Aberdeen, the gold commander in charge would be deployed no further north than Dundee? If she acknowledges that fact, does she agree that it is time for the centralisation of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to be brought to an end?

Scottish Parliament: Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: The purpose of my amendment is to address an anomaly in the law that was first raised with me by my constituent Michelle Gavin almost three years ago. An intruder broke Michelle Gavin’s fence while trying to avoid a police officer. Rather than take him to court, the procurator fiscal offered the intruder a fiscal fine—a compensation order requiring him to pay the householder £400 to fix...

Scottish Parliament: Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: I welcome the cabinet secretary’s commitment on timescale. Can he confirm that the regulations, when agreed to, will permit the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service to pursue defaulters for fines that have previously been imposed but have not yet been paid?

Scottish Parliament: Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: I welcome the commitment that the cabinet secretary has made in relation to timing and his offer of a meeting to ensure that the changes that go through Parliament will assist in the case of Michelle Gavin and the many other cases that are no doubt outstanding. I look forward to that discussion with him soon after the summer recess. On that basis, I seek to withdraw amendment 121. Amendment...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill (20 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill (20 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: I was going to—

Scottish Parliament: Medical School Places (Scottish Universities) (19 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is taking to ensure that Scottish students can access medical school places at Scottish universities. (S5O-03411)

Scottish Parliament: Medical School Places (Scottish Universities) (19 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: I recently raised the case of a young person who was offered a place as an international, fee-paying student but when his residency led to him being reclassified as a home student, the offer was withdrawn. Does the minister agree that that is unacceptable and discriminates against my constituent?

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (18 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: Amendment 175 requires live music and other cultural venues to be considered in local development plans. Indeed, all the amendments in this group revolve around one central issue, which is how to apply the agent of change principle to protect live music venues from the unintended consequences of new development nearby. This is a real and pressing planning issue. Many live music venues have...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (18 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: Because, as Mr Tomkins will appreciate, although section 14F does no harm it simply restates the law as it stands. I will come on to that in a moment, in the context of the concerns that the Government has raised. Amendment 180, in my name, provides that planning authorities may consult any organisation that represents live music venues, rather than just the Music Venue Trust. The...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (18 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: I welcome the fact that Adam Tomkins and Kevin Stewart have indicated support for amendment 182. That gives some force to the change in the law that section 14F will introduce. Mr Tomkins will agree that it would currently be unlawful for a planning authority to impose a condition on King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut as a condition of agreeing a planning application for another business. In that...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (18 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: Does Sandra White appreciate that the amendments in my name would remove all references to culturally significant zones?

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (18 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: The minister asked whether I will compromise; I am only sorry that he does not appreciate the compromises that I have already offered. It was in that spirit that I lodged amendments 177 and 178, which were perhaps the only amendments in my name that the minister did not address in his remarks. Neither the minister nor Mr Tomkins offered any explanation for why they wish to remove all of...

Scottish Parliament: World Environment Day 2019 (13 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: Last month’s UN report on biodiversity was clear that our global ecosystem faces a crisis that is on a par with the threat from climate change and that urgent action is required. That has implications for policy makers everywhere, including here in Scotland. Since 2013, I have been species champion for the curlew, which is a barometer of biodiversity. It has suffered catastrophic decline in...

Scottish Parliament: FirstGroup (Meetings) (12 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: Does the cabinet secretary agree that the sale of FirstBus offers an ideal opportunity for councils that want to run their own bus services, such as Aberdeen City Council? Will the Government support that?

Scottish Parliament: Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (11 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: I welcome the minister’s amendment 1, which fulfils his commitment to refine the text of amendments that were agreed to by the Health and Sport Committee at stage 2. I also welcome his willingness to seek agreement on the area. As he said, amendment 2 is consequential on amendment 1. My amendment at stage 2 was to commit ministers to an annual campaign to raise awareness of both deemed and...

Scottish Parliament: Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (11 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: The purpose of amendment 3 is to require ministers to review and report on the new system of authorisation five years after it comes into force, which includes conducting a review of the Government’s actions to raise awareness of the changes under the bill in general. The Health and Sport Committee unanimously agreed that approach in supporting an amendment in my name at stage 2. Amendment...

Scottish Parliament: Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill (11 Jun 2019)

Lewis Macdonald: The bill gives us a fresh opportunity to maximise organ donation and help some of the hundreds of people who are waiting for organ transplants that could save their lives. Instead of presuming that people do not want to donate their organs after death unless they have opted in, we will presume that people want to donate unless they have opted out. That change is made within the framework of...


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