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Scottish Parliament: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Mar 2011)

Iain Smith: I have some concerns about amendment 15, on which I seek clarification from the minister and from Ted Brocklebank. They relate, in particular, to subsection (4)(b) of proposed new section 131A of the 2006 act. Ted Brocklebank has rightly highlighted the concerns that the indigenous population in places such as St Andrews has about the number of town centre HMOs, but it is equally important to...

Scottish Parliament: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Mar 2011)

Iain Smith: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: “Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting the Emissions Reductions Targets 2010-2022 — Report on Proposals and Policies” (16 Mar 2011)

Iain Smith: The minister made a great deal of there being no proposed amendments or recommendations for additional policies and proposals. However, the problem is not a shortage of policies, proposals, plans or strategies, but a lack of clear identification of how we will implement any of those, particularly in relation to the budget. One of the concerns that the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee...

Scottish Parliament: “Session 3 reports of the Public Audit Committee — key themes” (3 Mar 2011)

Iain Smith: I apologise to those who will speak in the closing part of the debate because I, too, have a prior engagement and will not be here. School pupils from my constituency are visiting the Parliament and I am hosting a meeting with them. This will probably be the last opportunity for me to speak in a debate at the same time as my esteemed friend and colleague Nicol Stephen, who as we know is...

Scottish Parliament: “Session 3 reports of the Public Audit Committee — key themes” (3 Mar 2011)

Iain Smith: I will just finish this point, then I will let the member in. I was particularly concerned that in the report on the First ScotRail passenger rail franchise the committee had to make fairly strong recommendations and express its concern about being “given incomplete or incorrect information on a number of occasions.” The report also stated: “The Committee’s work has been frustrated by...

Scottish Parliament: “Session 3 reports of the Public Audit Committee — key themes” (3 Mar 2011)

Iain Smith: I think that the member misses my point, which is that the awards have come to the committee because attention was drawn to it through its persistence in prising out information that it should have got right away. It should not have to prise out such information and should not be in the public limelight as much as it is. A couple of particular issues arose from the report on the First...

Scottish Parliament: “Session 3 reports of the Public Audit Committee — key themes” (3 Mar 2011)

Iain Smith: Let me finish my sentence, Presiding Officer. It is usually years before such debts are written off by a public body; that does not happen immediately. The Government must explain why the loans were written off so rapidly. It seems to have got its priorities wrong.

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (Firth of Forth) (3 Mar 2011)

Iain Smith: 10. To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support the development of the hand-line mackerel and sprat fisheries in the Firth of Forth. (S3O-13191)

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (Firth of Forth) (3 Mar 2011)

Iain Smith: I am sure that the cabinet secretary will be aware that a clear, dedicated quota for the hand-line mackerel fishery in the east neuk of Fife would assist in ensuring the economic sustainability of that community without impacting significantly on the overall mackerel quota that is available to Scotland. In addition, there is no evidence that there are any herring in the sprat fishery, which...

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise Network (3 Mar 2011)

Iain Smith: 6. To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government considers that Scotland’s enterprise network is meeting its economic growth objectives and represents value for public money. (S3F-2943)

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise Network (3 Mar 2011)

Iain Smith: The Government’s reforms of the enterprise and skills agencies were meant to declutter the landscape. However, the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee’s inquiry found that, since the reforms, there is a more complex set of governance arrangements and that a lack of clarity and understanding has resulted. That is particularly the case with regard to the delivery of skills. Does the First...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Bill (23 Feb 2011)

Iain Smith: The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee took evidence on the legislative consent memorandum because we recognised the Energy Bill’s importance in a UK context and to Scotland specifically. We took evidence from a number of voluntary and other organisations that have a particular interest in fuel poverty and energy efficiency issues. We also had a session with the minister, who was able to...

Scottish Parliament: Coastguard Centre Cuts (27 Jan 2011)

Iain Smith: I congratulate Alasdair Allan on securing the debate, which gives the Scottish Parliament the opportunity to contribute to the consultation on proposals for modernising the coastguard—although I am not sure that a document that says that the status quo is not an option and which offers only one option for change can be called a consultation. I hope that neither the Maritime and Coastguard...

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Jan 2011)

Iain Smith: I am pleased to wind up on behalf of the Liberal Democrats. It is slightly concerning that when I started my research for my speech, one of the first things that happened was that a note from the official reporters during the stage 1 debate fell out of one of my documents. That gives an indication of how often I have looked at them since then. Nevertheless, it is an important bill, which the...

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Jan 2011)

Iain Smith: We are not in coalition up here, Ted. The situations at Crail airfield, Crawford priory and the Kilrymont Road school building—which particularly irks me—that he referred to are all ones that I could equally well refer to. Another example that I will mention is the Scottish Fisheries Museum, which hoped to put on the side of its building a wheelhouse that would have overlooked the sea and...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Defence: Defence (19 Jan 2011)

Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding the retention of the RAF bases at Lossiemouth and Kinloss in light of the impact of the possible closures on the local communities.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Defence: Defence (19 Jan 2011)

Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Moray Task Force to discuss the campaign to retain the RAF bases at Lossiemouth and Kinloss.

Scottish Parliament: “Report on the public sector’s support for exporters, international trade and the attraction of inward investment” (19 Jan 2011)

Iain Smith: I am pleased to open this debate on behalf of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee. I thank my fellow committee members, the many people who gave evidence to the committee both in writing and orally and the committee clerks for their assistance in producing the report. Everyone knows that exporting is very important for Scotland’s economy. We have a proud track record in exports and...


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