Results 181–200 of 5702 for speaker:Tavish Scott

Scottish Parliament: Developing the Young Workforce (11 Jan 2018)

Tavish Scott: Okay. I am sorely tempted to go into a whole thing about the 5 per cent, but I will not. I take Mr Stevenson’s point. I want to suggest that the Government is right to take a positive approach to a seven-year programme that will take a lot of Government commitment and ministerial time. The programme that came out of Sir Ian Wood’s commission deserves that kind of emphasis and constant...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow 2018 European Championships (10 Jan 2018)

Tavish Scott: On that basis, I assure Alison Johnstone that I will walk home tonight. If there is any indication of the power of sport, it is the fact that North Korea and South Korea managed to meet yesterday to discuss the winter Olympics taking place in South Korea next month and shook hands instead of doing anything else. Perhaps there is nothing comparable with regard to the contact sport that is...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow 2018 European Championships (10 Jan 2018)

Tavish Scott: I am grateful for that. We would all be very grateful if that could be brought to fruition. The second point that I want to make is on the lottery. Many of the aspects of sport that colleagues have discussed in the chamber this afternoon relate to funding for both voluntary and professional coaching, which is the part of the system that appears to me to be hugely important for participation....

Scottish Parliament: Article 50 Withdrawal Process (9 Jan 2018)

Tavish Scott: I welcome the new year across the chamber and I say to Stewart Stevenson, who is sadly not here, that I can exclusively reveal that he got something wrong today—probably for the first time in his whole parliamentary career. Up Helly Aa is not about Christmas for Shetland; it is about our connections to Scandinavia. I will be happy to give him a lengthy treatise on that on a later occasion....

Scottish Parliament: Article 50 Withdrawal Process (9 Jan 2018)

Tavish Scott: That is entirely true. The Shetland fishing industry—or, rather, the fishermen themselves—do not support staying in the European Union but, as Mr Stevenson rightly set out, the fish processing industry needs access to the single market. It needs membership of the customs union as well and does not need the tariffs that we will get with a hard Brexit. I take Mr Findlay’s point but, in...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services Procurement Policy Review (20 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: Does the minister accept that people in the northern isles—Orkney and Shetland—will be disappointed that he has not announced the retendering of the northern isles services, which is very much what they want and which is, indeed, reflected in his own document that has been published today? Does he also accept that, if he decides to take this in-house, a freight operation will be set up in...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Spending and Tax Plans 2018-19 (14 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: The finance secretary said that today’s draft budget is one for all of Scotland, so why did he not accept his Government’s crystal-clear commitments—made not to me or to Liam McArthur, but to the northern islands’ councils—to support ferry services in Orkney and Shetland, given Parliament’s vote last week?

Scottish Parliament: General Teaching Council for Scotland (7 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: 7. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the Educational Institute of Scotland’s reported opposition to plans to disband the independent General Teaching Council for Scotland. (S5F-01792)

Scottish Parliament: General Teaching Council for Scotland (7 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: Does that mean that the proposed body would be independent of the Scottish Government and all its education agencies? Why has the Government not carried out any legal, financial or risk assessment of the proposals? Will yet another discussion over education structures help with narrowing the attainment gap and the professional learning and development of Scotland’s teaching profession from...

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: I feel that it is like the end of an era. Some of us, including Lewis Macdonald and, indeed, Fergus Ewing, have been here from the early days of these fishing debates. This is one of those moments when we might wonder whether we will pine for the language of the CFP, common access to a common resource, relative stability and the Hague preference. I recall Ross Finnie being asked by Mr Salmond...

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: Mr Ewing will be the third fisheries minister to conclude a fisheries debate, this being the 18th such debate, I think, over the life of this Parliament; he follows Mr Lochhead and Mr Finnie. I had a quick look back last night at some of our more memorable debates, when the cabinet secretary had to have a phalanx of ministers around him to protect him from the vagaries of whatever was being...

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: I will regret this, but of course I will.

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: That, of course, will be right. [ Laughter .] However, I meant the annual debate on the negotiations, in the lead-up to Christmas, rather than the many others that Mr Stevenson rightly says that we have had. Mr Ewing set out an entirely fair assessment of the current position leading into the talks. Without a shadow of a doubt, and as members from across the chamber have reflected, the...

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: I entirely agree that the Europeans will still want our prawns and fish. It is what they want in return for our access to the market that is in question.

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Fares and Funding) (6 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: I am intensely grateful to the minister for giving way. Will he put that in the budget next week: yes or no?

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Fares and Funding) (6 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: After that performance, I can say that I could not be anything like as good at playing party politics as Derek Mackay and Humza Yousaf are. Michael Anderson’s boat, Guardian Angel, will land boxes of whitefish at Cullivoe in Yell this week. His catch is trucked to Lerwick and finishes up in French and Spanish markets. His haddock and cod, which are part of Shetland’s annual £300...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Fares and Funding) (6 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: If Derek Mackay is going to tell me that he is going to put that settlement in the budget, I will of course give way.

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Fares and Funding) (6 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: As the leader of Orkney Islands Council said in November, the Government “needs to honour its commitment to the Northern Isles fair ferry funding rather than playing politics with the issue”, which is exactly what Derek Mackay is doing. [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Fares and Funding) (6 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: I agree with the leader of Orkney Islands Council, and I ask Parliament to do the same. Next Thursday will be another acid test of another nationalist policy—in this case, island proofing. That means the Government ensuring that whatever it does takes into account the needs of islands. I agree with that approach, which is a sensible one. However, Derek Mackay cannot love the principle and...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Fares and Funding) (6 Dec 2017)

Tavish Scott: Do not make cynical political calculations about who to support based on their likely voting intentions. The Parliament should back Liam McArthur’s motion and reject the Government’s amendment.


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