Results 141–160 of 433 for speaker:Colin Beattie

Scottish Parliament: Committees’ Pre-budget Scrutiny (24 Jan 2019)

Colin Beattie: I welcome the opportunity to take part in the debate on behalf of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit, and I thank the clerks for their work in preparing our report of 21 January. The commission was established under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000. Its membership consists of five MSPs, including me as chair, and one of its main areas of responsibility is to...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Learning (23 Jan 2019)

Colin Beattie: I am very pleased to introduce the Scottish Parliament’s first ever debate on the reach of adult learning in Scotland’s disadvantaged communities. I congratulate Midlothian Council’s lifelong learning and employability service and Melville Housing Association on their joint adult learning project. I am particularly pleased to highlight it not only because it is running in my...

Scottish Parliament: Rail Network Improvements (10 Jan 2019)

Colin Beattie: 9. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve the rail network. (S5O-02757)

Scottish Parliament: Rail Network Improvements (10 Jan 2019)

Colin Beattie: The cabinet secretary will be aware of the recent reports regarding train delays and cancellations. Will he outline what specific steps are being taken to improve the Musselburgh line and the Borders railway in the short and long terms?

Scottish Parliament: Musical Instrument Tuition (22 Nov 2018)

Colin Beattie: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the number of pupils learning a musical instrument fell by over 1,000 between 2016-17 and 2017-18. (S5O-02594)

Scottish Parliament: Musical Instrument Tuition (22 Nov 2018)

Colin Beattie: The cabinet secretary might be aware that the two local authorities in my constituency—Midlothian Council and East Lothian Council—are named in the report as areas where hundreds of pupils are no longer registering for music lessons, following the introduction of charges. Can the cabinet secretary outline what support the Scottish Government can give both local authorities and pupils to...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economic Future and Economic Data (22 Nov 2018)

Colin Beattie: The health of the Scottish economy underpins the prosperity of Scotland. Since 2007, when the Scottish Government set its target to raise Scotland’s GDP growth to UK levels, Scottish output grew more slowly than the UK’s in 30 of the subsequent 41 quarters. However, during the past six months, the Scottish economy has begun to show signs of outpacing the UK’s economy across various...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economic Future and Economic Data (22 Nov 2018)

Colin Beattie: Unfortunately, I have very little information on that. However, now that the member has mentioned it, I shall certainly find out more details. The ultimate economic impact of Brexit is not yet known, but it will affect every business and family in Scotland, exacerbate labour shortages and impede economic growth. Our export success is directly threatened by the prospect of the removal of our...

Scottish Parliament: Plastic Waste (Farms) (14 Nov 2018)

Colin Beattie: Does the cabinet secretary agree that we must continue to work on reducing the amount of plastic that is used in all sectors and industries and can she confirm that farmers will have time to prepare for the ban ahead of it coming into force?

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Financial Overview (30 Oct 2018)

Colin Beattie: Will the cabinet secretary outline what Audit Scotland observed in its report on the long-term increase in health spending in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: River Pollution (Support for Communities) (25 Oct 2018)

Colin Beattie: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to local communities where nearby rivers have been polluted by waste overflows from detritus flushed down toilets. (S5O-02449)

Scottish Parliament: River Pollution (Support for Communities) (25 Oct 2018)

Colin Beattie: The cabinet secretary may be aware that the issue has occurred recently at the Mary Burn in my constituency. Can she outline what support the Scottish Government will provide to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Water and my constituents to ensure that the issue will not reoccur?

Scottish Parliament: St John’s Hospital (Paediatric Services) (27 Sep 2018)

Colin Beattie: The current situation at St John’s is clearly in the interest of patient safety. Will a high level of collaboration continue across NHS Lothian to ensure that, when children are treated elsewhere, it is done in a timely manner?

Scottish Parliament: Bank Closures (18 Sep 2018)

Colin Beattie: As a member of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee, I am pleased to speak in the debate. Research by the Federation of Small Businesses shows that bank branches are closing at a faster rate in Scotland than in any other UK nation. As a result, one business in two has experienced a bank closure. Evidence that the committee took suggests that bank closures directly impact on the health...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh and South-east City Region Deal (5 Sep 2018)

Colin Beattie: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how its investment in the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and south-east city region deal will help to deliver inclusive economic growth across the region and benefit residents in Midlothian North and Musselburgh. (S5O-02311)

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh and South-east City Region Deal (5 Sep 2018)

Colin Beattie: Does the cabinet secretary agree that Scottish Government investment will help the region to continue to thrive and grow and fulfil our ambition for it to be one of the fairest and most inclusive areas in the country? I ask him to set out how the Government’s investment in such deals across Scotland matches that of the United Kingdom Government.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2018-19 (5 Sep 2018)

Colin Beattie: I congratulate the First Minister and her Government on the programme for government. Recent analysis of Scotland’s economy makes for encouraging reading. Last month’s quarterly national accounts showed an updated gross domestic product growth estimate of 0.4 per cent for the first quarter in 2018, which was revised from June’s estimate of 0.2 per cent. That compares well to the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Information Commissioner: Intervention Report (13 Jun 2018)

Colin Beattie: Can the minister confirm that the power to override or veto a decision of the commissioner has never been used in Scotland, unlike what has been done by successive UK Governments under UK FOI legislation?

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh City Bypass (A720) (31 May 2018)

Colin Beattie: I thank Miles Briggs for bringing forward this important issue as a members’ business debate. The Edinburgh city bypass is the most used road in my constituency of Midlothian North and Musselburgh, whether that is for commuting to work, family travel or even sports fans travelling to grounds to play or to support their team. That means that, at any time of the day during any day of the...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Farming) (31 May 2018)

Colin Beattie: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact on farming of Brexit. (S5O-02150)


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