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Scottish Parliament: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Meetings) (18 Apr 2018)

Tavish Scott: I am sure that the minister is aware that the NFU Scotland and Serco NorthLink have today asked the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, to come to Aberdeen and see the transport system that ensures that livestock are moved between the northern isles and the Scottish mainland in a way that is entirely consistent with international regulations. Will the...

Scottish Parliament: Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (Car Parking Charges) (22 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: The First Minister may be aware that, last Thursday, Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd announced its intention to introduce car parking charges at Sumburgh, Kirkwall and Stornoway airports. She will be aware that Sumburgh is 25 miles from Lerwick and that there are no direct public transport links to most of Shetland. Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd has done that with no consultation...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: I sense that there is more politics today than there was last week at stage 2, Presiding Officer. The continued operation of the UK single market is important to businesses and individuals in Scotland after exit day. New powers are being allocated to the Administrations of the UK: extensive order-making powers are being proposed for ministers in all those Administrations, and in many cases...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: Mr Harvie has made an entirely fair point, which is why amendment 49 would involve all the Administrations and Governments of the United Kingdom. That would deal with exactly the point that he has made.

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: Amendment 15 would toughen up the phrase “may have regard to” in the bill and would provide a more serious test that would give clearer guidance for retained EU law. The amendment proposes that courts and tribunals must have regard to future European judgments that are relevant to their considerations. The Scottish court would retain the right to assess the significance of such judgments....

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: I am a little puzzled by Jamie Greene’s speech because, if I heard the minister correctly, he said that he will accept amendments 31 to 34. I also agree with Jamie Greene’s amendments. They are consistent with the amendments that we debated at stage 2. I appreciate his arguments, so I think that his speech was perhaps out of line with the fact that Parliament will probably agree to his...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: I support amendments 25 and 30, which stop new public authorities from being created under section 11 or section 12. Many of us argued at stage 2 that if ministers want to establish a new quango to keep pace with EU law, they should introduce primary legislation so that Parliament can decide whether such a new body is required or whether its functions could be dealt with by existing bodies....

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: I say to the Conservative chief whip, Maurice Golden, that it is usually the Liberal Democrats who cannot sort out how they are voting on an amendment, so I have utter sympathy for him at this moment. I hope that amendment 37 in some ways helps Patrick Harvie in relation to the debate that we had on the first group of amendments. At stage 1, I spoke about the need for Governments across the...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: I take Patrick Harvie’s point. On amendment 61, if I caught the minister right, he said that such an approach was not usually used. However, he has also said that we are not, in any possible context, in the usual circumstances—and I entirely agree with him. I hope that Patrick Harvie and other colleagues across the chamber accept the argument that the amendment would add an extra layer of...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: This Parliament is stronger for having people such as Adam Tomkins in it. He brings a wealth of experience and a hinterland—as people in other walks of life call it—that is important. But—there is a “but”; boy, is there a “but” after that speech—Adam Tomkins’s speech was one of the worst that I have ever heard in this Parliament, because at no time did he do the decent thing...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Transition Agreement (Fishing Industry) (20 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: Given the fury of the industry in Shetland towards what has happened over the past few days, can the cabinet secretary shed any light on how decisions about the mackerel—or species—roll-over on the discard ban and on choke species will be taken forward? If there is no minister in the negotiating room in Brussels, who will speak for Shetland fishermen?

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: Presiding Officer, I have some regard for Johann Lamont’s point about this Parliament’s processes and I very much take on board the advice that you gave the chamber at the beginning of the debate about the discussion between business managers and the way in which the Parliament has considered it appropriate to take forward the measures in the bill. However, I was reminded by a Westminster...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: I take that point from the Deputy First Minister and agree with it, although I think that it also makes the case for a dispute resolution mechanism. We have yet to fully come to terms with that. In the previous parliamentary session, I sat on a committee, chaired by Bruce Crawford, that dealt with intergovernmental machinery. We did considerable work on such a mechanism but, as yet, we do not...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: I was hoping that we could agree on that, although I recognise that the scrutiny role is important. We want to consider three amendments this evening. The first concerns section 13 and what is now described as keeping pace with the European Union. Section 13 goes too far. It overreaches the measures that are appropriate for any Government of any political persuasion. The principal amendment...

Scottish Parliament: University of the Highlands and Islands Colleges (Merger) (7 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: I notice that the minister mentioned the other colleges, and I hope that she is aware that there has not been a lot of discussion—if any at all—with those other colleges. I think that there is a meeting today about that very subject. When the minister has her meetings with UHI, will she take that matter up directly? Is she also aware that Perth college has already said that it may not...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: We will vote for the bill at stage 1, because the Scottish Parliament is where we are. We want the Governments of the nations of the United Kingdom to agree on the powers that should be in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and London. It is disappointing that the opening speech from the Conservatives this afternoon did not start from the basis that there is a need for an agreement. Indeed, the...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Mar 2018)

Tavish Scott: Is that it? I will tell Ruth Davidson what we did: we voted for our constituents, and she should do the same on Europe. If the Tories started putting their constituents first on Europe, we would not be where we are today. I share some of Neil Findlay’s concerns about the bill. As I am sure that the Government would expect, we will lodge amendments in a number of areas. The one aspect of...


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