Results 1–20 of 10811 for speaker:Stewart Stevenson

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Economic Impacts) (18 Mar 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what recent engagement it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding managing the economic impacts of Brexit. (S5O-05136)

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Economic Impacts) (18 Mar 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: Has the cabinet secretary noted that the Office for Budget Responsibility suggests that there will be a 4 per cent drop in productivity compared with the position if we had stayed in the European Union and a temporary reduction in the first quarter of this year of some 0.5 per cent of gross domestic product? Is it now absolutely vital that the UK Government provides additional funding to the...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Climate Change) (10 Mar 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: Does the minister agree that the additional funding of £5 million in the budget for agri-environment measures is very welcome? Can he outline other measures in the budget that will support our farmers to adapt their production methods so that they are more sustainable in the long term?

Scottish Parliament: Beef Farming (Brazil Memorandum of Understanding) (10 Mar 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the potential impact on beef farming in Scotland of a memorandum of understanding with Brazil. (S5O-05101)

Scottish Parliament: Beef Farming (Brazil Memorandum of Understanding) (10 Mar 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: Does the cabinet secretary agree that it is not simply a matter of sanitary standards and that the importation of hormone-treated beef from pastures in felled rainforest being shipped here to compete with our premium hormone-free Scotch beef is problematic on several levels, including that of climate change?

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change Plan ( 9 Mar 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: Thank you, Presiding Officer. It is always as well to get the applause in first, because members might not be so enthusiastic at the end of my speech. As I prepare for my departure from this place, I am wondering what issue I will wish to remain engaged with after I leave the Parliament. However, before I do that I want to single out the Official Report team for so masterfully converting some...

Scottish Parliament: Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 4 Mar 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: Let me start by picking up on a few things that have already been said. Daniel Johnson talked about data. Data becomes information only when it has been analysed. In other words, providing data is not an immediate provision of information. We also heard reference, from the minister in response to a Tory member, to the code of practice for the use of statistics. It is worth saying something...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Scotland (Client Survey) ( 3 Mar 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report “Social Security Scotland Client Survey: 2018-2020”. (S5O-05079)

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Scotland (Client Survey) ( 3 Mar 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: The results of the survey are hugely encouraging and represent a welcome departure from the system that the United Kingdom Government operates, which the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights described as “punitive, mean-spirited and often callous”. What lessons does the cabinet secretary think the UK Government could learn from Scotland’s social security...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Hydrogen Economy (11 Feb 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: Does the growth of the hydrogen economy present any particular opportunities for island and rural communities, beyond transport?

Scottish Parliament: Green Recovery Inquiry ( 9 Feb 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: That was a brave speech for Peter Chapman from the Tory party to make on fishing, when many fishing companies around our rural communities are going out of business as a result of Tory actions. However, I will focus on other matters. I thank the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee’s clerks and advisers for their considerable input into the report that is before Parliament....

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit (Uplift) ( 4 Feb 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding retaining the £20 uplift to universal credit and working tax credit. (S5O-04986)

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit (Uplift) ( 4 Feb 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: The Resolution Foundation said that, if the uplift is cut, 1.2 million people in the UK will fall into relative poverty. The cabinet secretary has just highlighted that 20,000 children in Scotland would be affected. Does she therefore agree that, notwithstanding silence or failure to respond to five communications, each and every one of us should make every possible effort to draw the UK...

Scottish Parliament: European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 4 Feb 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: I congratulate our number 1 pain in the whatever, Andy Wightman, who is so to great and good effect in this particular case, as in so many others. As a member for 59 meetings of the Local Government and Regeneration Committee in session 4, I fully appreciate the importance of the bill. Its introduction is an important step for both the charter and Scotland, and will ensure maximum impact. The...

Scottish Parliament: Construction and Procurement of Ferry Vessels ( 2 Feb 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: We would not be here today if the project manager and their office had conducted their activities in relation to the construction of vessels 801 and 802 at Ferguson Marine to anything approaching normal professional standards. That was not a mere contributory factor. I make that observation as someone who has run projects of similar financial scale and collections of projects multiple times...

Scottish Parliament: Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 Jan 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: I declare that I am the joint owner of a very small registered agricultural holding that our neighbour Gordon, who is a farmer, puts sheep on from time to time during the year. I start by congratulating Emma Harper on all the work that she has undertaken in preparing the bill and taking it through Parliament. I know how extensive that has been because, although she is a South Scotland MSP, I...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Communities (Compensation) (19 Jan 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: 1. With your indulgence, Presiding Officer, I thank my constituent who has just given our time for reflection. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding compensation for fishing communities, in light of the disruption at ports since the end of the European Union exit transition period. (S5T-02617)

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Communities (Compensation) (19 Jan 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: Right now, shellfish exports are being spoiled beyond usefulness because barriers exist where there were none a month ago. When does the cabinet secretary, or when do his colleagues, expect to have interaction with the UK Government about proper compensation funds from that body, which would keep afloat the many small businesses that are vital part of distant coastal communities?

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Communities (Compensation) (19 Jan 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: Today in Peterhead, there were but a few hundred boxes of fish in a market that was built to process 10,000 boxes each day. The quotas for the next six years involve no meaningful expansion of catching opportunity—indeed, they include some critical reductions. That is due in no small part to Westminster incompetence and deliberately chosen trade-offs. What options exist to remedy that for...

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

Stewart Stevenson: This morning, as has been the case for many days, Peterhead market, which is Europe’s biggest white-fish market, was eerily quiet. On the radio this morning, David Duguid—a minister at the Scotland Office—was attacked by a representative of the industry and called a liar, which he rejected, as we might expect. I also gather that, on Christmas eve, Victoria Prentis spent time preparing...


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