Results 1–20 of 842 for speaker:Alasdair Morrison

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Alginate Industry (Western Isles) (22 Mar 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: I thank the minister for his answer and his observation. Will he join me in congratulating two enterprising young men, Martin MacLeod and Malcolm MacRae, who have successfully resuscitated an age-old industry in the Western Isles, employing cutters, lorry drivers and factory operatives—a total of 28 workers? Does the minister agree that that is exactly the type of business that the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the United Kingdom (22 Mar 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: It is worth reflecting that only 10 short years ago, Michael Forsyth was Scotland's premier politician. If anyone cares to examine what it means for rural or island Scotland to have a Labour Government at Westminster and two unionist parties leading this Administration in Edinburgh, they need only examine the transformation in the fortunes of those of us who live and work in the Western...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the United Kingdom (22 Mar 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: Such are the ups and downs of politics. I am painting a picture of the reality of 10 years of a Labour Government at Westminster and eight years of unionist parties leading the Administration here at Holyrood. That has transformed life and work for many islanders in the Western Isles and people throughout rural Scotland. The level of investment and change that we have realised has helped to...

Scottish Parliament: Environment and Rural Development: Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (Countryside Access) (15 Mar 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: Will the minister provide an update on the latest situation with the Pairc court case, which involves crofters from the Lochs area of Lewis? Those crofters are trying to secure the land that they live on, in spite of the best efforts of an absentee landowner, who is trying to thwart the crofters' legitimate aspirations. That landowner is similar to the landowners to whom President Canavan...

Scottish Parliament: Football (Sectarianism) (7 Mar 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: I extend a warm welcome to representatives of Rangers Football Club who are in the public gallery. The twin evils of bigotry and racism blight many societies around the world and, sadly, Scotland is no different. Bigotry and racism are major societal challenges but they are challenges that are being addressed with vigour and determination. I want to focus my attention, as the motion suggests,...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Schools (Western Isles) (1 Mar 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an update on the public-private partnership scheme for schools in the Western Isles. (S2O-12236)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Schools (Western Isles) (1 Mar 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: As everyone knows, our Administration is committed to building new schools. Our record of investment in the past decade speaks for itself and tens of millions of pounds have been invested appropriately. As the minister knows, the parents and pupils of the Western Isles are no different in their aspirations regarding new school facilities. Will the minister assure me that he and his officials...

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: While Mr Gallie is eulogising the Tory glory days, will he reflect on the house repossessions of that era?

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: Maureen Macmillan is right to paint a depressing picture of what is happening in the Highland Council area, but does she accept that, in the Western Isles, the picture is extremely positive, because tenants there refused to give way to nationalist/Trotskyite activists?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Homes (Grants Schemes) (22 Feb 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes have been built in the Western Isles under the croft house grants scheme since its introduction, and how this compares with the number built under the crofters building grants and loans scheme. (S2O-12151)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Homes (Grants Schemes) (22 Feb 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: As the minister knows, the crofting building grant scheme is subject to review. Will she agree that any assessment or review of the CBGS should also consider assisting crofters with the installation of microrenewable heating systems? Given her own exemplary record in Parliament of promoting such systems, does the minister agree that that should form part of the review? Will she agree to meet...

Scottish Parliament: Finance and Public Services and Communities: Affordable Housing (Highlands) (15 Feb 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: Does the minister agree that it is singularly depressing that Highland Council tenants are having to endure an increase in rents and a freeze on repairs and infrastructure development while, across the Minch in my constituency, tenants are now part of a community body, the Hebridean Housing Partnership, under which there is a five-year rent agreement, a programme of home renovation and...

Scottish Parliament: Finance and Public Services and Communities: Community Group Funding (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) (15 Feb 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to any problems raised by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in respect of funding for community groups. (S2O-12057)

Scottish Parliament: Finance and Public Services and Communities: Community Group Funding (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) (15 Feb 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: I thank the minister for quickly reconstituting the COSLA, Audit Scotland and CIPFA group to consider the views that were raised with him by me and the vice-convener of the comhairle, Angus Campbell. Does he agree that the new arrangements should be put in place as soon as possible to allow community groups and the comhairle to get on with delivering their work in many communities in the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Air Discount Scheme (1 Feb 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the air discount scheme. (S2O-11879)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Air Discount Scheme (1 Feb 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: As the minister's answer proves, the air discount scheme has been remarkably successful and has benefited many islanders and island businesses. Now that the Scottish Executive has established the principle of, and implemented in practice, a discount scheme that discriminates in favour of island residents, will the minister—as a fellow islander, in common with the First Minister—agree with...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (26 Jan 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the Peat Landslide Hazard and Risk Assessments guidance.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Broadband (25 Jan 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: To ask the First Minister how the introduction of broadband is progressing across Scotland. (S2F-2672)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Broadband (25 Jan 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: I am pleased to hear from the First Minister that we have established broadband coverage to more than 99 per cent of the population. It will come as no surprise to him to hear that I wish him and his agencies to continue to press for 100 per cent coverage. Will the First Minister continue with the policy of the Executive and the United Kingdom Government of relocating civil service jobs...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform etc Bill (25 Jan 2007)

Alasdair Morrison: A week last Friday, I attended the celebrations in the community of Ness when Galson estate, which covers some 54,000 acres and includes some 20 townships, moved from private hands to community ownership. That truly was a great day—the culmination of many hours and days of hard work by the trustees. It was also the culmination of a struggle and political agitation that straddled three...


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