Results 341–360 of 445 for speaker:Colin Beattie

Scottish Parliament: Prestwick Airport (5 Dec 2013)

Colin Beattie: Does the cabinet secretary agree that bringing the airport into state ownership could improve the Scottish economy through increased business and tourism?

Scottish Parliament: Taking Children into Care (5 Dec 2013)

Colin Beattie: The inquiry has in some respects been difficult for the Education and Culture Committee. I for one hoped that, somewhere among the wealth of information and evidence provided, a magic bullet would be found that would point to a clear and simple solution, but alas that was not the case. What is clear is that successive Governments have rightly placed a high priority on children in care....

Scottish Parliament: National 5 and Higher Mathematics Unit Assessments (21 Nov 2013)

Colin Beattie: How will the new national qualifications enable young people to develop the skills that they need for moving into further education, employment or training?

Scottish Parliament: Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 Nov 2013)

Colin Beattie: I am delighted to speak about the bill. I am a member of the Education and Culture Committee, so I have been very much involved with the bill. As Stewart Maxwell said, the committee agreed on the basic principles of the bill, and it is evident that there is widespread support from children’s charities and public bodies. Barnardo’s Scotland, in its written submission to the committee,...

Scottish Parliament: Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 Nov 2013)

Colin Beattie: Again, I refer to the Children 1st survey, which shows that 60 per cent of kinship carers thought that a kinship care order would be a good thing. A further 27 per cent wanted more information. It was no surprise that 60 per cent said that they would apply for a kinship care order. We must remember that, before the SNP’s election victory in 2007, there was no support for kinship carers in...

Scottish Parliament: United States of America’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom (Discussions) (13 Nov 2013)

Colin Beattie: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it had with the new US ambassador to the United Kingdom on his recent visit to the Parliament. (S4O-02574)

Scottish Parliament: United States of America’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom (Discussions) (13 Nov 2013)

Colin Beattie: Does the cabinet secretary agree with me that maintaining strong external relations is fundamental to the success of an independent Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Corroboration (30 Oct 2013)

Colin Beattie: 9. To ask the Scottish Government when it will implement its plans to abolish corroboration in criminal cases. (S4O-02510)

Scottish Parliament: Corroboration (30 Oct 2013)

Colin Beattie: Why does the Scottish Government consider it important to abolish the requirement now?

Scottish Parliament: Opencast Mining (17 Sep 2013)

Colin Beattie: Coal is certainly no stranger to my constituency of Midlothian North and Musselburgh, where a proud tradition of coal mining goes back centuries. Coal was the economic lifeblood of the area until the 1980s, when Margaret Thatcher destroyed our coal industry and devastated our coal communities. Over the years, I have spoken to many ex-miners and listened to their always interesting and...

Scottish Parliament: Opencast Mining (17 Sep 2013)

Colin Beattie: I am not saying that cheaper energy is a bad thing for the economy in general, but we are discussing the coal industry and its future. Clearly, the price of energy is a key factor in that discussion. There are uses for coal and its by-products other than as a bulk product for Longannet power station, but nothing that would support the cost of opencast pits. To survive, the coal industry needs...

Scottish Parliament: Opencast Mining (17 Sep 2013)

Colin Beattie: I will be, Presiding Officer. That proposition might well create an unwelcome precedent. Let us hope that the appeal that was heard last week reverses the decision, because otherwise the impact will be—

Scottish Parliament: Opencast Mining (17 Sep 2013)

Colin Beattie: Very well, Presiding Officer. The action that the Scottish Government has taken to create the restoration bonds working group is genuinely welcome. In the long term, such restoration works will undoubtedly create employment and do a creditable job. However, the documented shortfalls in the bonds that have previously been provided by opencast operators leave cause for concern that local...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Report on Proposals and Policies) (27 Jun 2013)

Colin Beattie: Changes in the baseline data mean that Scotland is now trying to cut emissions by more than was the case from the original baseline when we passed the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. What can the Scottish Government do to highlight to our neighbours in the EU that Scotland has actually increased its ambitions for tackling climate change?

Scottish Parliament: Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Jun 2013)

Colin Beattie: I am concerned that Mr Findlay’s amendments 25, 26, 28, 30, 60 and 61 remove the stated intention regarding staff representation on the board of assigned colleges. Mr Findlay proposes to increase the number of members of the board who are elected by trade unions to two while alternative representation from teaching staff and non-teaching staff seems to be eliminated. In some colleges, now...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Coal Industry Task Force (23 May 2013)

Colin Beattie: What opportunities are there to focus on and develop the transferable skills of workers who are affected by the collapse of Scottish Coal?

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (Support for Over-25s) (22 May 2013)

Colin Beattie: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to encourage over-25s who are unemployed to pursue further education. (S4O-02137)

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (Support for Over-25s) (22 May 2013)

Colin Beattie: Will the cabinet secretary join me in welcoming the latest employment statistics, which show headline employment rising by 54,000 in the three-month period January to March 2013? Does he believe that the biggest risk to rising employment is Westminster?

Scottish Parliament: Zero-hours Contracts (16 to 24-year-olds) (22 May 2013)

Colin Beattie: Will the minister join me in welcoming the fact that youth unemployment has fallen by 27,000 over the past year and has remained lower in Scotland than in the UK? Does she agree that there is evidence that the Scottish Government’s action on youth unemployment is having an impact?

Scottish Parliament: Type 2 Diabetes (Treatment) (8 May 2013)

Colin Beattie: 11. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the treatment of type 2 diabetes. (S4O-02085)


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