Results 1–20 of 1554 for speaker:Mr Mark Ruskell

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy Sector (Economic Impact) (24 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: I thank Paul McLennan for giving us all the opportunity not only to celebrate the progress that we have made so far with renewables in Scotland but to look at what is in store for the next chapter. The report that we are debating is a useful baseline. It captures the jobs and economic benefit delivered in Scotland to date, but, in the years to come, we will look back at today’s figures and...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Driver Shortages (Support for Bus Companies) (24 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: Next week, I will host an online summit with my constituents to discuss the future of bus services, and I would be happy to share the results of that with the minister. Does the minister believe that the regulator currently has enough powers to hold the bus companies to account over minimum standards of services?

Scottish Parliament: Cop27 (22 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its assessment is of the outcome of the 27th United Nations climate change conference of the parties. (S6T-00978)

Scottish Parliament: Cop27 (22 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: I thank the minister for attending the COP in Egypt. Although there was one step forwards, to address loss and damage, there were two steps backwards on fossil fuels. There was a clear failure to commit to any phasing out of oil and gas. Arguably, COP27 has left the goal of 1.5° dead. Right now, fossil fuel companies are using the energy charter treaty to sue Governments for hundreds of...

Scottish Parliament: Cop27 (22 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: I thank the minister for that very clear response. The issuing of more than 100 oil and gas licences by the UK Government is reckless and hampers the just transition at the point when investment urgently needs to switch to renewables. The First Minister has previously said that the Cambo oilfield should not be given the go ahead. Does the minister agree that the Rosebank licence should also...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Devolution) (17 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: I join other members in welcoming the debate, and the excellent report informed by expert and learned opinion, which come at a point when the full horror of Brexit is really just beginning to unfold. None of the Brexit outcomes thus far have been surprising in any way. The UK Government repeatedly warned itself about the economic implications of leaving the single market and ending free...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) (9 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) (9 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: I recognise the member’s interest in riparian woodlands. Does she recognise that the growth of deer populations severely impacts our riparian woodlands, which is exactly why the Government needs to take on the recommendations of the deer working group and bring population numbers down?

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) (9 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) (9 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: It is clear that the sharp impact of the climate and nature emergencies is reminding us every day that the window for action is closing. We must work together to reshape our relationship with nature if we are to avoid those tipping points of the collapse of nature and our climate. I am proud that, with Greens now working as part of the Government, the restoration and expansion of Scotland’s...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) (9 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: Mr Whittle raises an important consensual point. The important work that Government needs to do is about building up the supply chain and the capacity of the commercial sector and the sector that is growing our native woodlands across Scotland. I warmly welcomed the minister’s announcement of a consultation on the next stage of the forestry grant scheme, which I hope will allow for an even...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) (9 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: If there is time in hand, Presiding Officer, I would like to take an intervention from Mr Ewing.

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) (9 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: In that case, I apologise to Mr Ewing. As a regional MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, I know that communities and third sector organisations are at the heart of our efforts to restore, protect and expand woodlands. For example, the heart of Scotland forest partnership in highland Perthshire is a wonderful blueprint for how partnerships can protect and expand native woodlands while creating...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) (9 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: As a member for North East Scotland and a member of the Labour and Co-operative Party, does the member back the Scottish Government’s move to take the Glenprosen estate into public ownership?

Scottish Parliament: Accommodation (Displaced People from Ukraine) (3 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to displaced people from Ukraine who are moving from temporary accommodation into permanent housing. (S6O-01501)

Scottish Parliament: Accommodation (Displaced People from Ukraine) (3 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: I have seen at first hand how communities and local authorities across my region, from Killin to Rosyth, are working tirelessly to try to find long-term housing solutions for displaced Ukrainians who have found sanctuary in Scotland. However, it is critically important that any housing offer empowers our new Ukrainian neighbours to have choices over their next steps. I welcomed Tuesday’s...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Climate Pact (3 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: 6. To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government will be building on the legacy from the Glasgow climate pact by attending the 27th United Nations climate change conference of the parties—COP27—in Egypt. (S6F-01477)

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Climate Pact (3 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: I am pleased that, unlike the Prime Minister, the First Minister did not have to be shamed into attending COP27. COP26 in Glasgow showed us that, when small nations work together, they can lead the world on climate justice. Alongside Scotland’s leadership on loss and damage funding, which the First Minister mentioned, Denmark helped to launch the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance and was joined by...

Scottish Parliament: Sewage Discharge (3 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: Loch Leven is one of Scotland’s best wild swimming spots, but we are seeing unacceptable discharges and environmental quality. Down the road in Kinghorn, huge improvements in water quality have resulted from the beach being designated as a bathing water area. What consideration has been given to establishing Loch Leven and other freshwater sites in Scotland as bathing water areas?

Scottish Parliament: Road Improvements (2 Nov 2022)

Mr Mark Ruskell: I am sure that there is not a single member in the Parliament who has not been affected directly or indirectly by a tragic road accident over the years. In that spirit, I looked forward to a genuine debate about the actions that the Government can take to save lives on the A9 and the A96, from improving dangerous junctions to rolling out the use of average speed cameras. However, instead, we...


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