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Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Tavish Scott: With a week to go before the December EU fisheries council negotiations and with the EU-Faroes bilateral negotiations taking place as we speak, today’s debate in the Scottish Parliament should be about following the fish, not following the Prime Minister around Europe. I am not sure what the point of following the Prime Minister around Europe is at the moment. Indeed, the only Tories who...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Tavish Scott: To help you, Presiding Officer, I could read out at some length the agreed record of a fisheries consultation between Norway and the EU. It is from back in 2016, but if it helps, it goes through a number of interesting issues across a number of species, including of course cod and haddock, but also some that we have not mentioned so far, such as saith, whiting, plaice, and herring—oh, we...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Tavish Scott: Of course.

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Tavish Scott: He has got that wrong, actually—[ Laughter .]—wrong species. Some colleagues spent some time in their opening remarks talking about how many times they have spoken in this annual debate over the years. I tend to forget how many times I have spoken in such debates. I thought that the best introduction was from Maureen Watt, who cited the Finnie-Brankin Christmas present concordat, which is...

Scottish Parliament: Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (Meetings) (6 Dec 2018)

Tavish Scott: T he cabinet secretary will be aware that Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd introduced car-parking charges at Sumburgh airport on Saturday without any consultation, impact assessment or, indeed, reference to the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018. Can he explain what public transport links exist between Sumburgh and Lerwick, which is 25 miles away, and what links will be introduced following that...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (5 Dec 2018)

Tavish Scott: We should thank the Conservatives for a couple of things. First, they have brought Alex Neil back to the front bench. Secondly, they caused Neil Findlay to describe Willie Rennie accurately, which cannot be said to have happened in the past. We have a UK Government that is in contempt of Parliament, for the first time in history. We have a UK Government that has published legal advice—again...

Scottish Parliament: Tourist Attractions (Promotion) (28 Nov 2018)

Tavish Scott: The minister might be aware of the Jarlshof archaeological site at the south end of Shetland at Sumburgh. The site is under some pressure from tour buses that are there because of growth in the cruise industry. A car park for coaches and toilet facilities are needed at the site. I have been seeking to broker a meeting with Historic Environment Scotland and all the relevant parties. Would the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Crown Estate Bill: Stage 3 (21 Nov 2018)

Tavish Scott: I take the cabinet secretary’s reasoned thinking on the matter, and I am grateful to Andy Wightman for his previous work in committee on the issue of trust ports. The issue relates to trust ports having the responsibility of managing the sea bed in their area, which is an important principle of the bill. It was a principle of the Smith commission—a number of us in the Parliament worked on...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Crown Estate Bill (21 Nov 2018)

Tavish Scott: I thank the cabinet secretary and the Government for introducing the bill. Andy Wightman mentioned what the late John Smith used to call “unfinished business”. I am with Andy Wightman on this—I am at the radical end of my lot on such issues. I would have abolished the Crown estate outright, but we did not get that chance. Reform is reform, and some reform is better than no reform. I dug...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed European Union Withdrawal Agreement (15 Nov 2018)

Tavish Scott: The deputy political editor of the BBC has just tweeted: “Tory minister tells me if Brexiteers vote down Deal—he and others will openly campaign for a second referendum and to stay in EU.” Given the changing position on public opinion that Mr Russell mentioned in his statement, both in Wales and in parts of England, with London having voted to remain, will he get behind that growing...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Tavish Scott: I am sure that Mr Gray would recognise that, when the Presiding Officer dropped her bottle of water when he was speaking, she was merely testing one of Einstein’s theories rather than trying to interrupt his remarks. I heard Oliver Mundell accusing some of us of being “obsessive”. When I watch Jacob Rees-Mogg and one or two others on the television, I hear a whole new definition of...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Tavish Scott: It is important to recognise that 1,000 of the staff at the Francis Crick Institute were surveyed. That is the reason why I want to talk about UK science. Far from politicking, they are concerned about their jobs and their futures, and about the very essence of science and why we do it. Gillian Martin has drawn a fair implication about their motive in making the arguments. Just 3 per cent...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Tavish Scott: I am not sure that too many members on the Conservative benches read in preparation for the debate the briefings from Universities Scotland or the Royal Society of Edinburgh or the evidence that the individual institutions that Joan McAlpine mentioned have given to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee. It would do them good to do so. To help Miles Briggs, as I suspect...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Tavish Scott: With its endless modesty, the University of Edinburgh does not mention that in its briefing, but I entirely take Daniel Johnson’s point. I want to make two other points to members on the Conservative benches. There has been some mention of an ability to look way beyond 2020. To begin with, I thought that that was a wonderful new pitch for a new timescale for the transition period. However,...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Tavish Scott: We will look forward to that conversation. Of course, academics and the student body are a part of society that is in favour of a rational, evidence-based opportunity to explore and then test the merits of whatever deal emerges from the Brexit negotiations. Today, Parliament can support that position. Today could be a significant moment for the Scottish Parliament and the UK-wide campaign to...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Tavish Scott: I will finish these points. Seven hundred thousand people took part, a number that was surpassed only by the number of people who protested against the Iraq war. Nobody voted for the current chaos. People are entitled to have the final say on that deal, whenever London and Brussels conclude it. That is what should happen and Parliament should vote for that today. Many academics think that...

Scottish Parliament: Sumburgh Airport (Car Parking Charges) (1 Nov 2018)

Tavish Scott: Last week, Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd confirmed that it will impose car parking charges on islanders travelling from Sumburgh airport in Shetland. There has been no consultation, no island impact assessment and no new public transport links between Sumburgh and Lerwick, which is 25 miles away. Will the First Minister explain what happened to island proofing?

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (31 Oct 2018)

Tavish Scott: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (31 Oct 2018)

Tavish Scott: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Early Years (31 Oct 2018)

Tavish Scott: Thank you, Presiding Officer. You caught me slightly unawares there, as I was looking towards the Green Party benches for the next speaker, but there we are. I start with the example of Archie, who went through his pre-school years depending totally on private sector childcare because both his parents work. One of them has the temerity to live on Shetland quite a lot of the time—although I...


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