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Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (6 Feb 2019)

Tavish Scott: No, we have heard from you; we have absolutely heard the Green position. By gosh, was it clear. I assure you that that speech will go to every one of my constituents, so that they know where you are.

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (6 Feb 2019)

Tavish Scott: Presiding Officer, salmon farming provides 110 direct jobs in the north isles of Shetland; 23 per cent of Scottish production of farmed salmon is in Shetland; the industry employs 421 people in the islands that I represent; and the activity is worth £14 million to the local economy—such facts are never mentioned in that kind of speech from members on those benches. There is another side to...

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (6 Feb 2019)

Tavish Scott: No, I am going to make these arguments—you did not, so I will.

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (6 Feb 2019)

Tavish Scott: Men and women with degrees and huge numbers of very precise qualifications are now working in this industry all over Scotland. That is something that we should champion and support, not run down, as some people have chosen to do today.

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (6 Feb 2019)

Tavish Scott: I want to make some points about innovation and investment. We have heard Claudia Beamish ’s take on those issues already. Scottish Sea Farms is trialling an innovative new device to convert wave energy to power—a green measure that I would have thought would have been worth mentioning by some in this place. The MANTA converter has been introduced on a farm in Shetland and it is hoped...

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (6 Feb 2019)

Tavish Scott: M aybe this is the point that Claudia Beamish wanted to make, but Scottish Sea Farms is investing in sea lice shields to deal with that issue, which I recognise must be dealt with. Thirteen farms already have measures to deal with the issue, and the number is growing. I will finish by making just one observation—

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (6 Feb 2019)

Tavish Scott: Mr Ewing and I have been in Parliament for a long time and, over the years, the industry has been attacked by big landed interests with fishing rivers and by the Greens. I hope that he stands up to them for a few more years.

Scottish Parliament: Northern Isles Ferries (Contract) (31 Jan 2019)

Tavish Scott: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made on tendering the northern isles ferry services contract. (S5O-02840)

Scottish Parliament: Northern Isles Ferries (Contract) (31 Jan 2019)

Tavish Scott: When will the minister be in a position to publish the specification for the tender, given that no one in Orkney or Shetland knows what is in it yet? Does the tender specification include any improvements on the current contract? Will the minister make it clear what the third bidding company is? We know well that Serco Group and CalMac Ferries—the minister’s choice—are two of the three...

Scottish Parliament: Review of Personal and Social Education (23 Jan 2019)

Tavish Scott: If we are to improve personal and social education across Scotland, I hope that the cabinet secretary recognises the importance of school guidance teams having a range of skills, qualifications and attributes. In that context, does he understand the case that has been made for including youth workers and people with youth work qualifications in guidance teams, to achieve the essential reforms...

Scottish Parliament: Teachers’ Pay (17 Jan 2019)

Tavish Scott: Why does the First Minister believe that teachers are contemplating strike action?

Scottish Parliament: Response to the Outcome of the Meaningful Vote in Westminster (16 Jan 2019)

Tavish Scott: Last night, Theresa May’s deal was savaged by MPs—mostly her own, despite her showering them with knighthoods and honours and giving £1 billion to the Democratic Unionist Party. Today, the Prime Minister will not say to whom she intends to talk, she will not say what plan B is and she will not change her red lines. She carries on as though nothing has happened. Does the cabinet secretary...

Scottish Parliament: District Heating Schemes (Carbon Reduction Target) (16 Jan 2019)

Tavish Scott: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress towards its 90 per cent carbon reduction target, and how district heating schemes can help achieve this. (S5O-02762)

Scottish Parliament: District Heating Schemes (Carbon Reduction Target) (16 Jan 2019)

Tavish Scott: I thank the cabinet secretary for her assessment of that source of heat. She is, of course, aware that a district heating scheme has been operating in Lerwick since 1998. Does the cabinet secretary recognise the importance of the standard assessment procedure—SAP—rating system in ensuring that energy efficiency standards can expand across the country? There are plans to consult on the...

Scottish Parliament: Future Rural Policy and Support (10 Jan 2019)

Tavish Scott: I am not going to ask the cabinet secretary about forests, but, in the context of the task force, I ask about the appeals mechanism for crofters and farmers who have fallen foul of the scheme in the past. Will that be part of the task force’s considerations?

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare Expansion (19 Dec 2018)

Tavish Scott: The Scottish Government figures that were published today show that local authority nurseries have hired 18 per cent fewer additional staff than forecast and that there were 4 per cent fewer childminders between 2017 and 2018. How does the Government plan to address that, particularly given that there is now evidence that, because of the wage rates, local authority nurseries are gaining staff...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (United Kingdom Supreme Court Judgment) (13 Dec 2018)

Tavish Scott: I thank the Lord Advocate for advance sight of his statement. The judgment confirms that the Scottish bill, as a whole, was not outside the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament when we voted it through. What is more, the difference between the situation before and the situation after the passage of the UK act gives weight to the view that the UK reduced the powers of this...

Scottish Parliament: Ophthalmology Services (Repatriation to Island NHS Boards) (12 Dec 2018)

Tavish Scott: 13. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in repatriating ophthalmology services from NHS Grampian to island NHS boards. (S5O-02681)

Scottish Parliament: Ophthalmology Services (Repatriation to Island NHS Boards) (12 Dec 2018)

Tavish Scott: Does the cabinet secretary recognise that there are older people in the islands in Shetland who now do not travel to Aberdeen for essential eye injections, simply because of the disruption, the travel and the difficulties for people who undertake those visits? Will she redouble the efforts to make sure that, when the meeting happens, it will make decisions to ensure that these essential...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Update (12 Dec 2018)

Tavish Scott: The Prime Minister refused at Prime Minister’s questions today to remove the threat of a no-deal Brexit. I am sure that the cabinet secretary noted that. Given that Jeremy Corbyn seems so reluctant to propose a motion of no confidence in the chaotic UK Government, what will the Scottish Government do to try to make that happen with other parties at Westminster?


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