Results 401–420 of 444 for speaker:Colin Beattie

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?

Scottish Parliament: Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Edinburgh) (21 Jun 2012)

Colin Beattie: 12. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made regarding the development of the new Royal hospital for sick children in Edinburgh. (S4O-01170)

Scottish Parliament: Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Edinburgh) (21 Jun 2012)

Colin Beattie: Understandably, there has been public concern that the Royal hospital for sick children should progress as quickly as possible. The construction of the new facility is sorely needed. Although I understand the complexity of the negotiations with stakeholders, I ask the cabinet secretary whether she has any broad timescale for the completion of the project towards which the national health...

Scottish Parliament: Sheriffhall Roundabout (14 Jun 2012)

Colin Beattie: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to redevelop the Sheriffhall roundabout and achieve grade separation. (S4O-01122)

Scottish Parliament: Sheriffhall Roundabout (14 Jun 2012)

Colin Beattie: Sheriffhall roundabout continues to be a congestion nightmare for my constituents and those travelling to my constituency. It also remains a safety hazard for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Does the cabinet secretary agree that some form of grade separation is urgently needed as part of a solution to the problem? Does he agree that in order to resolve the chronic congestion, urgent action...

Scottish Parliament: Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (7 Jun 2012)

Colin Beattie: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to reassess the effectiveness of acceptable behaviour contracts. (S4O-01092)

Scottish Parliament: Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (7 Jun 2012)

Colin Beattie: My first-hand experience, as a councillor and then as an MSP, seems to indicate that there is a small but significant and disruptive hard core who have little regard for ABCs or, indeed, antisocial behaviour orders. Will the minister consider a review to determine how we can strengthen the ability of local councils and the police to deal more swiftly and effectively with extreme antisocial...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (6 Jun 2012)

Colin Beattie: I welcome the cabinet secretary’s statement and commend the Scottish fuel poverty forum for its report. Fuel poverty is a significant issue in my constituency, where there is at least one death each year from hypothermia. A major contributory component is the failure of many people on low incomes, particularly pensioners, to claim the benefits to which they are entitled. Although those...

Scottish Parliament: Air Rifles (Regulation of Use) (24 May 2012)

Colin Beattie: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce legislation regulating the use of air rifles. (S4O-01032)

Scottish Parliament: Air Rifles (Regulation of Use) (24 May 2012)

Colin Beattie: With frequent reports of attacks on members of the emergency services such as fire brigade and ambulance staff, among others, does the minister agree that there is a need to control better who can possess those potentially lethal weapons and to introduce some form of licensing without delay and as soon as the intended devolution of the power to do so makes that possible?

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 May 2012)

Colin Beattie: When one hears the words “welfare” and “reform”, the assumption is normally made that something positive is intended, such as new measures to improve opportunities for our more socially deprived communities or radical new thoughts on how to tackle some of our more intransigent social problems. Alas, in the case of the UK coalition Government’s Welfare Reform Act 2012, there was no...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 May 2012)

Colin Beattie: The member is absolutely correct. There are many examples of councils contracting to private landlords at a far higher price simply in order to find housing for homeless people. In Midlothian, the major part of which forms part of my constituency, there are around 4,500 people on waiting lists for houses. Of those, 40 per cent, or 1,800 people, are single people of all ages. There is...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 May 2012)

Colin Beattie: Where the Westminster act falls short is in allowing for the needs of individuals. Newspapers talk a lot about people being paid thousands of pounds in benefits, but they are talking about a tiny number of people. The vast majority of payments are well within limits that are being laid down at the moment. The likelihood of individuals falling into serious debt—perhaps with loan sharks—and...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 May 2012)

Colin Beattie: I cannot exaggerate the potential consequences or the negative social impact of Westminster’s recklessness. I believe that the bill will help to ameliorate the outcomes and uphold the principles of social justice.

Scottish Parliament: Farmers Co-operatives (10 May 2012)

Colin Beattie: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to encourage the establishment of farmers co-operatives to promote local produce. (S4O-00989)

Scottish Parliament: Farmers Co-operatives (10 May 2012)

Colin Beattie: I have an example in which meals on wheels are flown frozen from Wiltshire to Glasgow and then trucked a further 120 miles via a Scottish depot to my constituency of Midlothian North and Musselburgh. Does the cabinet secretary agree that that is patently absurd and that encouraging local produce through local purchasing makes good sense?

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (26 Apr 2012)

Colin Beattie: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government on welfare reform and what impact this will have on people in Scotland. (S4O-00916)

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (26 Apr 2012)

Colin Beattie: In my constituency of Midlothian North and Musselburgh, around 8,000 residents who are already on low incomes will be adversely impacted as a result of the imposition of Westminster’s welfare reform. An estimated £9 million will be lost to the local economy, threatening the viability of some local businesses. The matter is reserved and Westminster cuts constrain what can be done. Will the...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (19 Apr 2012)

Colin Beattie: My constituency, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, has suffered disproportionately as a result of the decision by First to cut the number of routes that it runs. I deplore that decision, because communities that are already considered deprived areas will now suffer from additional disadvantages due to the lack of a bus service. People will have difficulty reaching hospitals, whether as...


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