Results 1–20 of 605 for speaker:Dave Thompson

Scottish Parliament: Local Control (22 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: Thank you very much, Presiding Officer. I apologise for having another go at a last speech. I had intended to make my last speech last week, but I had not realised that this debate was coming up. When I saw that it was Rob Gibson’s debate, and that it was to do with localism, I could not resist putting my name forward. I have known Rob Gibson for many years. He has been very active in the...

Scottish Parliament: Local Control (22 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: It is up to other people to argue for their areas, but my remit is for the Highlands and Islands. We must ensure that people engage again with their local communities. Community councils are failing all over the Highlands. They are disbanding; people are resigning in disgust. They have no power and no money. We would not need more politicians, because we would not need community councils if...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: I have no recollection at all of saying such a thing.

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: In the debate later on this afternoon, I will comment on the comments that Mr Fergusson made about the ECHR. He quoted me out of context, and I hope that he will have a look at the matter before the debate, so that he can answer appropriately. Among the conditions that are set out in part 5 are a number of sustainable development conditions in section 47(2) that Scottish ministers have to be...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: Does Alex Fergusson have any evidence that there has been improvement and non-decline in the tenanted sector over the past 20, 30 or 40 years?

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: Thank you very much for your kind remarks, Presiding Officer. I believe that the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill is the single most important bill with which I have been involved in my nine years as an MSP. I am extremely proud, with most of my colleagues—in fact, with all my colleagues, although there were some disagreements—on the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, to...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: I do not really understand the relevance of the member’s comment to what I was saying. While we are talking about the Tories, I must correct the record following Alex Fergusson’s misleading and selective quoting of my words in his speech this morning in relation to the European Court of Human Rights. I am disappointed in him for making what I felt was a cheap point. I actually said:...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: I am sorry, but I need to make progress. I have a few other points that I need to get in. The transformative effects of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill should not be underestimated. Once the bill is passed, it will mean the registration of all land in Scotland within the next 10 years or so, and—importantly—it will require transparency in who owns the land, which is integral to the whole...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments (9 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: Like most people, I am seriously concerned about the financial difficulties that are facing Scottish farmers and crofters following the delayed payment of the common agricultural policy funds. My constituency of Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has a great number of farmers and crofters—many of whom operate on the most difficult ground in all weathers—who rely heavily on those payments. They...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments (9 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: The man was somewhat taken aback when he realised who I was. It is ironic that the motion was lodged by the Conservatives—the very party that has argued for the scrapping of direct support to UK farmers and crofters. That is a view that Labour has also previously supported. The Conservatives also presided over the pinching of the pillar 1 convergence uplift—some €223 million, which was...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments (9 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: The member is quite correct but, unfortunately, this Parliament and his party, my party and any other party here do not have the power to stop that. I look forward to the member telling me that, when his party in London decides to do away with support for farmers, he will back independence, so that he and I can fight for Scottish farmers right here.

Scottish Parliament: Neurological Conditions (Young People) (3 Mar 2016)

Dave Thompson: Having suffered a bilateral subdural haematoma two and a half years ago, and being blessed with an excellent recovery after the fine work of Mr Kamel and his team at Aberdeen royal infirmary, I ask the First Minister to update us on the support that is provided for the ARI neurological department and for Raigmore hospital in Inverness, with which the ARI works closely in its treatment of such...

Scottish Parliament: Cromarty Firth (Ship-to-ship Oil Transfer) (11 Feb 2016)

Dave Thompson: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the potential environmental impact if the Cromarty Firth port authority’s application for ship-to-ship oil transfer in the Cromarty Firth is granted. (S4O-05554)

Scottish Parliament: Cromarty Firth (Ship-to-ship Oil Transfer) (11 Feb 2016)

Dave Thompson: I am pleased to hear that the cabinet secretary has written again and that he has asked that the Scottish Government be fully consulted before a decision is taken. There is huge concern about the issue in my constituency and in neighbouring constituencies to the north of the firth, such as that of Rob Gibson, including a worry that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency will just follow a process...

Scottish Parliament: Single Farm Payment Applications (2 Feb 2016)

Dave Thompson: The cabinet secretary noted that many crofters and farmers in my constituency are suffering at the moment, and I thank him for his comments about people who are experiencing hardship being able to phone the helpline or their local office, to make the case to local officials for a bit of help. People who have a cash-flow problem are the ones who will really struggle. What is being done to...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (27 Jan 2016)

Dave Thompson: As the member for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, I know only too well the effects of fuel poverty. The rural and remote nature of the Highlands and Islands means that we have the highest risk of fuel poverty in the country. We have suffered from that for a considerable time, although the SNP Government has made inroads into that. It has already been said that, since 2013, the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (27 Jan 2016)

Dave Thompson: Gavin Brown is incorrect. As the minister explained earlier, the budget is going down from £119 million in the current year to £103 million, which is a £16 million reduction, because of the cut to the home energy efficiency programmes for Scotland. That was a Tory decision that was made in London. Does Mr Brown accept that? There is no answer. Okay: he does not accept it. The Tories do not...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (27 Jan 2016)

Dave Thompson: I do not accept that that is the case. Gavin Brown did not answer the question and did not accept that the cuts are being driven by the austerity agenda of his party in London, which is ably supported by Labour and the Lib Dems in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (27 Jan 2016)

Dave Thompson: Those parties never criticise the Tories—which does not surprise me in the least. I will go back to the main point. Energy Action Scotland advises that remote, rural and off-gas-grid areas need to be better served by the main programmes—in particular, with supported measures for hard-to-heat homes and houses that use liquefied petroleum gas and oil. I support that. Next year’s energy...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (27 Jan 2016)

Dave Thompson: Those areas need to be targeted—specifically the rural areas, and particularly those that are not on the gas grid, because people on the gas grid have a huge advantage over those who are not on it.


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