Results 121–140 of 5702 for speaker:Tavish Scott

Scottish Parliament: Non-departmental Public Bodies (Public Participation) (16 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: The minister will be aware that officers who have responsibility for public participation who work in the islands and have to travel to the Scottish mainland for work will soon have to pay car parking charges at island airports. Which Government budget will pay that cost?

Scottish Parliament: Erasmus+ (16 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: Monday was one of those rare Shetland days at this time of year; it was very bright with a sparkling sea and the sun shone on the waves. I stood in the kirk yard in Ollaberry, which is a crofting community in the far north of Shetland, at one of the most difficult funerals that I have ever been to in my adult life. I watched a family bury a woman who was a daughter, a mum and a...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: I will let Adam Tomkins into a rather badly kept secret: the Liberal Democrats are in favour of staying in the European Union. He probably was at one time, too, and we will not change our view on that one iota, no matter how much shouting there is from members on my right. Adam Tomkins talked about the powers of the Scottish Parliament being built up over many years. Jim Wallace and David...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: I will happily give way on Rees-Mogg.

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: The amendments in the House of Lords—on the single market, the customs union and the charter of fundamental rights—are fundamentally important to our future. They are what Liberal Democrats believe in, and that is why they did what they have done in the House of Lords. The question for the Conservative group in this Parliament and for the Tories down in London—the Scottish Tory MPs who...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Highlands and Islands Airports (Car Parking Charges) (10 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: I thank members and the Minister for Transport and the Islands for being present for this discussion. The debate is about Highlands and Islands Airports’ plans to impose car parking charges at Sumburgh, Kirkwall and Stornoway, despite the fact that it has carried out absolutely no consultation whatsoever. In some ways, I feel guilty about wasting the Parliament’s time on this matter,...

Scottish Parliament: Highlands and Islands Airports (Car Parking Charges) (10 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: I take the minister’s point about savings. However, if it turns out that replacing the heating systems at Sumburgh and other parts of the estate can save the kind of money that I have been told about by people who understand the issue, will he undertake to make sure that that is done, rather than putting in place the car parking fees? It would achieve the same objective of saving money.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Regionalisation) (9 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: 16. You caught me cold there, Presiding Officer. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reported comments by the health secretary regarding co-operation between national health service boards that “there will be a regional structure in place”, whether it will provide further details of this policy, and what the implications are for regional NHS boards. (S5O-02072)

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Regionalisation) (9 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: I am grateful for that clarification. Is Shetland NHS Board in the north area that the cabinet secretary described? Is there a regional plan? If so, has that been submitted to the Government? When will it be published?

Scottish Parliament: Education Governance (Island Proofing) (2 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether any changes that will be introduced to the governance of education will be island proofed. (S5O-02033)

Scottish Parliament: Education Governance (Island Proofing) (2 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: The cabinet secretary will be aware that Cunningsburgh primary school in Shetland has a headteacher who teaches. Shetland Islands Council advises me that it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit headteachers who also have to teach as part of their day-to-day responsibilities. Given that reality not just in Shetland but in other parts of the country, how will that work, in the context...

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (1 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: The Government knows how many staff in Scotland work in childcare, but how many extra staff will be needed from today, 1 May 2018, to deliver the childcare expansion?

Scottish Parliament: Commonwealth Games (1 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: I will not join in David Stewart’s perspiration, but he made a noble effort to link sport and participation. I will not repeat the list of those who were so successful, as the minister and Brian Whittle rightly did, but I very much share their sentiments. I also share David Stewart’s sentiments about the success of the Gold Coast Commonwealth games and all that came from them. Personally,...

Scottish Parliament: Commonwealth Games (1 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: I kind of knew that that question was coming. It is only fair of me to recognise Mairi Gougeon’s personal role and commitment. I will let you into a secret, Presiding Officer. When the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee was in Dublin back in the early part of the year, which member of that committee went out running first thing in the morning? Mairi Gougeon. We were...

Scottish Parliament: Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (1 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: I will start with an apology on behalf of Liam McArthur, whose tenacity has not extended to his being here today. It says in my speech notes that he has an important engagement in his constituency this afternoon. I think that means that he is opening something, but I cannot remember what it is. He has been unable to get down to Edinburgh this afternoon. Loganair schedules achieve many things,...

Scottish Parliament: Rape Crisis Centres and Prosecutions (1 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: I endorse and agree with Kezia Dugdale’s opening speech and the five points that she powerfully made. There are not many times that a sensitive, tricky, difficult but intensely robust issue is introduced in that way. The speech was very powerful and important. I acknowledge the fact that the Solicitor General and the Lord Advocate are here. Kezia Dugdale was right about the Solicitor...

Scottish Parliament: Negotiations on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (24 Apr 2018)

Tavish Scott: I also thank the minister for the advance copy of his statement. In selling his approach, Mr Russell has made much of his close working relationship with his Welsh counterpart and with the Welsh Government more generally. He has stressed it time and again today. It now seems that the Welsh Government will accept the UK Government’s amendments tomorrow. What will the minister do in those...

Scottish Parliament: Royal Air Force (Centenary) (19 Apr 2018)

Tavish Scott: I thank Alexander Stewart for initiating the debate. I share the sentiment of his remarks about the role that the RAF has played in the past and will undoubtedly play in the future. I apologise to Mr Stewart and indeed to the chamber for having to leave this debate shortly. In one of the ironies of life, I have a meeting with one of Keith Brown’s colleagues about RAF Saxa Vord—or what...


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