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Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: I, too, thank Iain Gray and the Labour Party for lodging the motion, which Liberal Democrats will support, along with the Government amendment. I will make two observations on the minister’s opening remarks. When ministers talk about student support, it is important that they mention loans and the balance between those and bursaries—that argument will undoubtedly be rehearsed during the...

Scottish Parliament: Fair Isle Bird Observatory (Fire) (14 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: The internationally recognised Fair Isle bird observatory was destroyed by a fire last weekend. Thankfully, no one was injured. Despite the valiant efforts of firefighters from across Shetland and the Fair Isle team that was led by Fiona Mitchell, David and Susannah Parnaby’s home was completely destroyed. Would the First Minister accept that Fair Isle is the kind of island that gets on and...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: I, too, have sympathy for the minister given the lack of clarity that is being caused by what is currently going on. However, it is a bit puzzling why an action plan has been produced that cannot have many actions in it because of the lack of clarity. Therefore, I will perhaps ask my question another way around. Catriona Mullay is a Shetlander who is studying at the European University...

Scottish Parliament: Space Nation (14 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: The space race is on—it is Scotland as a location versus European and worldwide alternatives. The issue is not just whether Scotland can be such a location; it is important to recognise, as I am sure Mr Stewart does, that Andøya in Norway, the Swedish Government and the Portuguese Azores are all competing to have the first vertical launch site in Europe. Small satellites can be launched...

Scottish Parliament: Space Nation (14 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: I hope Gail Ross accepts that, if that argument had been followed, we would never have built the Sullom Voe oil terminal or the Total gas plant at a cost of $4 billion, and engineering companies such as Schlumberger and many others would not have been based in Shetland for the past 40 years. I cannot understand why HIE is running down Shetland, as it has been doing, as though we cannot do...

Scottish Parliament: Space Nation (14 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: The real message from the debate is that Kenny Gibson should, in the future, not insult the Presiding Officer, in order to ensure that he can finish his speeches. We were all gleefully waiting for that. As we are doing history, the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon will be on 21 July, this summer. Some years back, I took my family on holiday to Houston for reasons with...

Scottish Parliament: Space Nation (14 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: Can I, Presiding Officer?

Scottish Parliament: Space Nation (14 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: Absolutely. We could spend an afternoon on that issue, too. That was an entirely fair question. My plea to the minister is for a level playing field so that all the flowers can flourish and Scotland can build a great industry. There would certainly be cross-party support for that. We should all be allowed to get on without people getting in our way, so we should make sure that wherever the...

Scottish Parliament: Air Traffic Controller Strike (Highlands and Islands Airports) (7 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: Air traffic controllers who are employed by a company that is owned by the Government and who operate across the Highlands and Islands plan to strike next month. I am sure that the First Minister will recognise that that would stop air travel and create tremendous disruption for passengers across the network, including those who are potentially flying to hospitals for appointments. Will the...

Scottish Parliament: Sheep Farming (Brexit) (7 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: As the cabinet secretary will be aware, the UK Government confirmed this week that, because of the uncertainty of Brexit, it is unlikely to introduce a change to sheep ageing for the purposes of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies control. Under the proposed new system, sheep producers would have received far greater certainty on the price that they receive from the abattoir for sheep....

Scottish Parliament: Bond Finance (Restrictions on Local Authorities) (6 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: 2. I entirely endorse your sensible remarks, Presiding Officer—by which I mean, of course, your observations about the front bench. To ask the Scottish Government whether there are restrictions on local authorities using bond finance to support investment proposals in their areas. (S5O-02940)

Scottish Parliament: Bond Finance (Restrictions on Local Authorities) (6 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: Given that Aberdeen City Council has successfully raised £415 million in bond finance to finance its magnificent new conference centre, would the minister encourage Shetland Islands Council at least to explore that capital financing mechanism to pay for the fixed links that are desperately needed to join the islands in the Shetland archipelago, not least because of the considerable pressures...

Scottish Parliament: Early Years (6 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: It is entirely reasonable for Parliament to press Government on the implementation of this broadly agreed policy, given the scale of the moneys that are to be invested in the area and the challenge of that implementation. As many people know, there is a big difference between endless ministerial visits and meetings and the action that is needed to make a policy work. This debate would not be...

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (5 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. On 1 February, I lodged a parliamentary question regarding the future of the air discount scheme, following an earlier response that I had received that suggested an announcement would be made “in due course”. I asked the Scottish Government: “in light of the current scheme ceasing on 1 April 2019, whether it will confirm by what date the...

Scottish Parliament: Mesh Implant Removal (5 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: I thank Neil Findlay for giving me the chance to raise Bobbie Dailly’s case. She is a very brave woman who lives in the north of Shetland. For 20 years, she has lived with mesh inside her body. She cares for her son, who is 32 and has Down’s syndrome, and she puts up with excruciating pain—Alison Johnstone rightly referred to that—every day of her life. I cannot be the only...

Scottish Parliament: Mesh Implant Removal (5 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: You do not need to caution me about legal action in this case, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Mesh Implant Removal (5 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: I take Neil Findlay’s point, but the answer is no—Bobbie has better things to do than worry about how much the treatment has cost. She has to worry about how to care for her son, never mind dealing with all that.

Scottish Parliament: Mesh Implant Removal (5 Mar 2019)

Tavish Scott: I entirely take that point. I will make two other points, both of which are on issues that Neil Findlay reflected on. First, individuals are facing not only physical pain and pressure, but psychological pressure. I am really concerned that the NHS is trying to force women to see the same clinician in the same hospital where they had the treatment that caused all the difficulties in the first...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Preparations) (6 Feb 2019)

Tavish Scott: On Monday, the UK Government published guidance on exporting and importing fish in the event of no-deal Brexit. It explains that Scottish businesses will have to provide a catch certificate, an export health certificate, a prior-notification form, a pre-landing declaration, a storage document and a processing statement—six separate forms. That is not so much a sea of opportunities as an...

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (6 Feb 2019)

Tavish Scott: The office window of Dennis and Katrine Johnson at Uyeasound in Unst looks out over a pristine marine landscape. They have been working in this industry for many years, for a variety of companies, and they would not recognise some of the things that have been said in the debate—they certainly would not recognise that last speech and the allegations of deliberate malpractice by people in the...


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