Results 21–40 of 506 for speaker:Colin Beattie

Scottish Parliament: Fire Brigades Union (Report) ( 2 Nov 2023)

Colin Beattie: The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is highly valued for its unwavering dedication to saving lives and protecting communities. It embodies the highest levels of service and public safety. The “Firestorm” report says that 96 per cent of respondents who were surveyed agreed that “Increased investment in training and facilities would positively impact the skills and preparedness of...

Scottish Parliament: Onshore Wind Farms (Approvals) ( 1 Nov 2023)

Colin Beattie: The onshore wind sector deal that was signed last month at the Scottish Renewables onshore wind conference is very welcome. How will it ensure that local communities benefit fully and share in the rewards of onshore wind developments?

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (31 Oct 2023)

Colin Beattie: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Local Authority Services (Areas of High Population Growth) ( 5 Oct 2023)

Colin Beattie: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to support the delivery of public services by local authorities, such as Midlothian and East Lothian, where the population growth has been higher than forecast, having risen by 16.1 per cent and 12.6 per cent respectively between 2011 and 2022. (S6O-02614)

Scottish Parliament: Local Authority Services (Areas of High Population Growth) ( 5 Oct 2023)

Colin Beattie: The current funding model, which allocates a larger share of resources to areas that are experiencing population decline, presents a challenge to regions where the population is steadily increasing. Following the signing of the Verity house agreement, will the minister confirm that the needs of areas that face significant population growth have been considered in discussions with COSLA about...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time ( 4 Oct 2023)

Colin Beattie: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app would not refresh. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Export Statistics (Publication) (27 Sep 2023)

Colin Beattie: Will the minister provide an update on the continued impact that export barriers caused by Brexit are having on business costs?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government (Community Wealth Building) (27 Sep 2023)

Colin Beattie: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how the measures set out in its programme for government 2023-24 will support community wealth building. (S6O-02564)

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government (Community Wealth Building) (27 Sep 2023)

Colin Beattie: It is clear that the community wealth building approach is one of our most effective tools in building a sustainable wellbeing economy in which everybody in Scotland can thrive. Does the minister agree that measures taken this year to support our local economies and supply chains will help to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive community wealth-building bill later in the parliamentary session?

Scottish Parliament: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (21 Sep 2023)

Colin Beattie: 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what steps it is taking to support innovation and entrepreneurship. (S6O-02544)

Scottish Parliament: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (21 Sep 2023)

Colin Beattie: I very much welcome the announcement in the programme for government of continued reform of the education and skills system to ensure that we have the skilled workforce and talent pool to attract investment and meet Scotland’s economic needs. In my constituency of Midlothian North and Musselburgh, I am working closely with experts in the space sector and the local authority to expand the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Nature (20 Sep 2023)

Colin Beattie: I welcome the opportunity to take part in the debate, albeit with a more positive view than our Labour colleagues. Much has been done by the Scottish Government, and much remains to be done. I will touch on just a few of its climate change initiatives that are making a difference. First, I draw attention to forestry. Last year, Scotland created 63 per cent of all new woodland in the UK, and...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) (14 Sep 2023)

Colin Beattie: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what stakeholder input informed its decision to increase investment in social security. (S6O-02507)

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) (14 Sep 2023)

Colin Beattie: I am heartened to see the professional input that underpins the Scottish Government’s compassionate and ambitious approach to social security, but I am painfully aware of how efforts to tackle poverty here are undermined by Westminster benefit cuts—which are now backed by not only Tories but Labour. Does the cabinet secretary agree that it is likely that the Scottish welfare model will...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (12 Sep 2023)

Colin Beattie: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. [ Inaudible .] I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (12 Sep 2023)

Colin Beattie: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Once again, the app failed to perform. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Short-term Let Licensing Scheme (Applications) ( 5 Sep 2023)

Colin Beattie: Does the minister agree that 22 months’ notice, six months of which were a well-publicised extension in response to requests by operators, is more than enough time to prepare and submit an application, especially for the majority of short-term let hosts who already abide by high standards? Does he also agree that the Opposition should be encouraging operators to apply during the remaining...

Scottish Parliament: Section 35 Order (Costs of Legal Challenge) ( 3 May 2023)

Colin Beattie: Despite the UK Government’s claim to have concerns about the bill, it is my understanding that it has, as yet, refused to engage with the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliament to attempt to resolve those concerns. Does the cabinet secretary agree that, if the Conservatives have concerns about the costs of challenging the section 35 order, they could start to address them by...

Scottish Parliament: Space Sector (27 Apr 2023)

Colin Beattie: I welcome the opportunity to speak on opportunities for the space sector in Scotland. It still surprises me how many people are unaware of the opportunities that the space sector has here. Even our own Scottish space strategy states that “The space sector has been one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets”. As some members might be aware, I recently launched—pardon the pun—a cross-party...

Scottish Parliament: Covid Recovery Strategy (Impact of United Kingdom Government Spring Budget) (29 Mar 2023)

Colin Beattie: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the UK Government’s spring budget will have on implementing the Covid recovery strategy. (S6O-02069)


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