Results 1–20 of 540 for speaker:Jim Tolson

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Container Terminal (Rosyth) (22 Mar 2011)

Jim Tolson: 6. To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Port Babcock Rosyth Ltd regarding the proposed development of a container terminal at Rosyth and its environmental impact on the surrounding area. (S3O-13405)

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Container Terminal (Rosyth) (22 Mar 2011)

Jim Tolson: While remembering that this is a major project for both my constituency and Scotland, I hope that the minister will agree that the environmental effects on my constituents in the Limekilns and Charlestown areas should be minimised as part of any approval that the Government might give to the Rosyth container terminal. What assurances can the minister give my constituents in that regard?

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

Jim Tolson: I thank my colleagues on the Local Government and Communities Committee, the committee clerks, the bill team and the minister for their hard work and dedication in bringing forward this important housing bill, which the Liberal Democrats will support at decision time. The bill will prove to be an important piece of housing legislation, which will protect many vulnerable people while ensuring...

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

Jim Tolson: One principal element of the bill is the measures on the registration of private landlords. Alex Neil said that the bill is targeted at a minority of landlords who give the industry a bad name. The bill targets the worst offenders, which was the point that I made during the stage 1 debate when I suggested that good landlords have “nothing whatever to fear” from the bill. Let us hope and...

Scottish Parliament: Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Jim Tolson: I welcome the opportunity to open the debate for the Scottish Liberal Democrats. As a member of the Local Government and Communities Committee over the past few years, I have taken a great deal of interest in issues relating to local government elections. As a former councillor of 15 years’ experience, I have experienced quite a few elections myself. This bill forms part of a response to...

Scottish Parliament: Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Jim Tolson: Members will be aware that there are two key themes to this important bill, the first of which is the creation of the electoral management board. In deliberations in committee and in the chamber, we have heard that that is absolutely necessary to provide a much more cohesive and well-rounded view on how the election should be conducted to ensure that it is freer, fairer and more open in the...

Scottish Parliament: Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Jim Tolson: That worries me, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Jim Tolson: I agree with my colleague that that is too much information. The autumn stress testing of the new system will be absolutely crucial. I hope that I am proved wrong in thinking that the system will not be as robust as before, as it must be more robust than the system that we had before. I am grateful to Duncan McNeil for highlighting many of the issues that we went through at the committee...

Scottish Parliament: Local Services (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Tolson: The cabinet secretary mentioned people coming together. Is it not already the case that all over Scotland, officers—whether in our police or our fire services—are allowed to go into other areas when major incidents occur? To intimate otherwise is disrespectful.

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Power ( 3 Mar 2011)

Jim Tolson: 8. To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment has been involved in regarding the provision of support to local authorities and commercial companies looking to develop renewable power from organic waste. (S3O-13195)

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Power ( 3 Mar 2011)

Jim Tolson: As the cabinet secretary will be aware, power from rubbish can save millions of pounds. Fife Council has already received awards for its very high level of waste recycling, which it is looking to further improve by developing a facility to produce renewable power and heat from food and garden waste at the Lochhead landfill site in my constituency. It will provide enough power for 1,500 homes...

Scottish Parliament: Property Factors (Scotland) Bill ( 3 Mar 2011)

Jim Tolson: I, too, thank Patricia Ferguson for bringing the bill to the Parliament. Its passage will no doubt bring a great deal of relief to the many people throughout Scotland who are in dispute with their factoring company. When we debated the bill at stage 1, on 8 December, I mentioned that in a number of areas, the details needed to be considered more closely if residents’ concerns were to be...

Scottish Parliament: Coalfields Regeneration Trust (24 Feb 2011)

Jim Tolson: I welcome the opportunity to debate the Coalfields Regeneration Trust again. I say “again” as I last debated the subject on 29 November 2007, not because Labour chose to have the same subject debated twice on the same day, which was rather odd. However, this is a worthy subject for a members’ business debate. Since the previous debate more than three years ago, I have worked with the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network (22 Feb 2011)

Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of cable theft from the railway network have been reported in each of the last five years, broken down by region.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network (22 Feb 2011)

Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reported incidents of cable theft from the railway network in each of the last five years have resulted in prosecution, broken down by region.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network (22 Feb 2011)

Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to prevent cable theft from the railway network and at what cost.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network (22 Feb 2011)

Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many journeys have been (a) cancelled or (b) delayed due to cable theft from the railway network in each of the last five years, broken down by region.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network (22 Feb 2011)

Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on (a) repair and (b) replacement following incidents of cable theft from the railway network in each of the last five years, broken down by region.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network (22 Feb 2011)

Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost to the economy is of cable theft from the railway network in the last five years.

Scottish Parliament: Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 2 Feb 2011)

Jim Tolson: I join colleagues in congratulating fellow committee members, the clerks and Scottish Parliament information centre colleagues on all the work that they have done to get us to this stage, and I welcome the opportunity to open for the Scottish Liberal Democrats. As a member of the Local Government and Communities Committee over the past few years, I have taken a great deal of interest in...


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