Results 381–400 of 442 for speaker:Colin Beattie

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (22 Nov 2012)

Colin Beattie: I do not think that anybody is denying that there is an overall budget pressure on further education; in the points that I am making, I am trying to draw out the positive aspects in which the Government is taking specific action to protect students. This year, the Scottish Government has taken major action to reform and improve Scottish colleges. The Government is committed to improving the...

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (22 Nov 2012)

Colin Beattie: I have not spoken to the college unions, but I can quote Jim Ewing, chair of the Edinburgh merger partnership board. He said in The Scotsman: “Working together as one college will provide more opportunities for students, staff and the community, and reflects the growing desire of the Scottish Government for colleges to work together to deliver a smarter, more economical model going...

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (22 Nov 2012)

Colin Beattie: I think that I have taken enough interventions for the moment. Edinburgh College is now the largest further education institution in Scotland and among the largest in the UK. It is better placed to serve the economic and skill needs of the growing Lothians population, and it will be no surprise that the first of the new college’s key principles is to put students first. The Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (22 Nov 2012)

Colin Beattie: Regardless of what some people might think, the situation is the result of Westminster cuts. I am sure that those who are involved, whether they are teachers, students or college staff, are tired of negativity. I applaud the cabinet secretary and the Government for doing a remarkable job protecting Scottish further education in a situation of ever-reducing resources.

Scottish Parliament: Business Tourism (21 Nov 2012)

Colin Beattie: As a business tourist for 30 years, I can say that I have considerable experience of business tourism. In fact, given the amount of business travel that I undertook in the past, I could easily have qualified as a secret shopper. As for how pleasurable my experience as a business tourist was, I have to say that things were very mixed. Perhaps I can share with the chamber some of the key...

Scottish Parliament: Minimum Alcohol Pricing (Economic Benefits) (4 Oct 2012)

Colin Beattie: 8. To ask the Scottish Government when the economic benefits of minimum pricing of alcohol will be evident. (S4O-01363)

Scottish Parliament: Minimum Alcohol Pricing (Economic Benefits) (4 Oct 2012)

Colin Beattie: Last year, nearly £5 million was spent in Midlothian alone on social care as a result of alcohol-related harm. Does the cabinet secretary agree that minimum pricing—while essential—is only the beginning in tackling the binge-drinking pandemic in this country?

Scottish Parliament: Employability (4 Oct 2012)

Colin Beattie: Youth unemployment in Scotland is running at 24.3 per cent, which is clearly far too high a level. It is little comfort that we are doing better than some of our European neighbours, such as Spain, where under-24 unemployment is running at a painful 53.27 per cent. The recession that is the primary cause of unacceptable employment levels represents a threat and an opportunity. There is an...

Scottish Parliament: Employability (4 Oct 2012)

Colin Beattie: The cuts that we are suffering in Scotland are instigated by the Westminster Government. As I clearly said, no country that has had its budget cut has been able to grow its way back into prosperity. We need capital projects that put us back on a proper footing and enable us to expand our economy. We need to grow our way back into prosperity. The finance secretary’s draft budget has made...

Scottish Parliament: Green Bus Fund (26 Sep 2012)

Colin Beattie: Even for someone who is a climate change doubter, creating a cleaner and healthier environment for ourselves and our children must be a commendable goal. Likewise, we are all acutely aware of the fact that fossil fuels are not a long-term solution to our energy needs. The green bus fund is investing in public transport while delivering jobs for the green economy and lowering carbon emissions....

Scottish Parliament: Draft Budget 2013-14 (20 Sep 2012)

Colin Beattie: Does the cabinet secretary intend to continue the living wage arrangements for the duration of the spending review? Will he uprate it in line with the living wage campaign’s recommendations?

Scottish Parliament: Rail (19 Sep 2012)

Colin Beattie: Although I welcome Labour’s motion on rail investment, I am frankly surprised at its content. It appears, quite simply, to be inaccurate and misleading. Which part of the 2011 infrastructure development plan has not been understood? That plan estimated that the Edinburgh to Glasgow improvement programme would cost £1.1 billion, and specified that the programme would be delivered in...

Scottish Parliament: Rail (19 Sep 2012)

Colin Beattie: I repeat that the 2011 infrastructure development plan was quite clear that the programme would be delivered in phases. The SNP record on rail investment is one of which we can all be proud. Despite the savage budget cuts that were imposed by Westminster—even Labour would agree with us in condemning those cuts—the Government has invested £2.6 billion since 2007 and has funded 30,000...

Scottish Parliament: Rail (19 Sep 2012)

Colin Beattie: Yes.

Scottish Parliament: Rail (19 Sep 2012)

Colin Beattie: I do not recognise the changes that the member seems to think have occurred to the EGIP project. It is clearly being delivered in phases. There is every proof that the Government is committed to public transport in general and to rail transport in particular.

Scottish Parliament: Construction Projects (United Kingdom Government Approvals) (12 Sep 2012)

Colin Beattie: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what the impact on the economy would be if the shovel-ready projects proposed to the UK Government were approved. (S4O-01253)

Scottish Parliament: Construction Projects (United Kingdom Government Approvals) (12 Sep 2012)

Colin Beattie: In my constituency of Midlothian North and Musselburgh, even a small proportion of the work related to the £300 million of shovel-ready projects would help to kick-start the local economy, which relies substantially on construction-related projects for its prosperity. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the United Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Westminster Government are...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Colin Beattie: It is clear that the policies of the United Kingdom Government are failing to deliver the economic benefits that the chancellor, George Osborne, anticipates. I am appalled at the lack of basic economic literacy that underpins the extraordinary assumption that cutting budgets year after year means that the private sector will magically become an engine that, on its own, will pull our economy...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Colin Beattie: The IMF has suggested that the Government should focus on temporary tax cuts and greater infrastructural spending. That is exactly what the Scottish Government has been attempting to do. The Government has done all that it can to boost growth within the means of a budget that has been savagely cut by Westminster. It has been remarkably successful in that effort. However, the austerity agenda...

Scottish Parliament: Budget Outturn 2011-12 (27 Jun 2012)

Colin Beattie: The cabinet secretary has previously invested funding in green buses, which has brought fuel bills down for bus companies such as Lothian Buses. Can he confirm that there will be further investment in green buses this year, and that it will be open to the new East Lothian Buses to bid for that?


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