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Scottish Parliament: Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Mar 2016)

Jim Eadie: I have some sympathy with the aims of Ken Macintosh’s amendments but it is important to place on the record that the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee did not have the opportunity to consider them at stage 2. Had we had that opportunity, there would have been the opportunity for a debate and for the minister and Mr Macintosh to have had discussions in advance of stage 3 to...

Scottish Parliament: Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill (17 Mar 2016)

Jim Eadie: Does the member recognise that the greatest contribution to what she rightly calls the residualisation of public sector housing was the right to buy, a practice that was ended by this Government?

Scottish Parliament: Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill (17 Mar 2016)

Jim Eadie: Thank you. I welcome the opportunity to speak at stage 3 in support of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill. The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, which it is my privilege to convene, consulted widely on the provisions of the bill and made a series of recommendations in its stage 1 report. That has allowed for proper scrutiny of, and further amendment to, the...

Scottish Parliament: Education Attainment Gap (Discussions with Headteachers and Stakeholders) (16 Mar 2016)

Jim Eadie: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with headteachers and other stakeholders on closing the education attainment gap. (S4O-05657)

Scottish Parliament: Education Attainment Gap (Discussions with Headteachers and Stakeholders) (16 Mar 2016)

Jim Eadie: Given the Scottish Government’s clear commitment to close the attainment gap, together with the leadership that has been provided by the First Minister and the cabinet secretary, what further assurance can the cabinet secretary provide that the work of the commission on widening access—particularly its recommendation that one in five students at university should, in future, be...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Road Bridge Inquiry (15 Mar 2016)

Jim Eadie: I am pleased to wind up this debate on the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee’s inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Forth road bridge. I thank all members who have contributed to an interesting, at times combative and even entertaining debate. In particular, I commend Colin Keir, Cameron Buchanan and Adam Ingram for their excellent valedictory...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Road Bridge Inquiry (15 Mar 2016)

Jim Eadie: I do not think that there is any lack of willingness on the part of any of our witnesses, including those from the Government, to make information available. We certainly benefited from that approach in the inquiry. However, the wider engineering issues and issues to do with the inspection regime certainly need to be looked at so that we learn all the lessons for the future. It was...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Scotland (Meetings) (9 Mar 2016)

Jim Eadie: 8. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met Creative Scotland and what matters were discussed. (S4O-05633)

Scottish Parliament: Creative Scotland (Meetings) (9 Mar 2016)

Jim Eadie: What further evaluation is the Scottish Government undertaking to ensure that Creative Scotland meets its objectives and priorities as set out in its film strategy? What progress has been made to incentivise film and television production so that we can nurture home-grown talent and encourage people from across the world to come and live and work in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance Settlement (10 Feb 2016)

Jim Eadie: Can the cabinet secretary tell us how much more the City of Edinburgh Council has received in funding for the current financial year, over and above the funding formula allocation and the level of reserves available to the council? How does the local government settlement in Scotland compare with the cuts that are being imposed on councils south of the border?

Scottish Parliament: Fiscal Framework (Discussions with United Kingdom Government) (4 Feb 2016)

Jim Eadie: 6. To ask the First Minister what recent discussions the Scottish Government has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the fiscal framework. (S4F-03224)

Scottish Parliament: Fiscal Framework (Discussions with United Kingdom Government) (4 Feb 2016)

Jim Eadie: The First Minister will be aware that the Smith commission and the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee of the Parliament have both agreed that the fiscal framework that will underpin the new powers coming to Parliament must not be to Scotland’s detriment. Will she give a clear commitment that any Government that she leads will never short-change the people of Scotland--and certainly...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh South Suburban Railway (3 Feb 2016)

Jim Eadie: We move from the controversy of the budget debate to what I hope will be the consensus of this debate. I am grateful for the opportunity to bring the debate before Parliament this evening and I thank members from across the chamber for supporting the motion in my name. I pay tribute to all those people who have been involved in the campaign to reinstate the Edinburgh south suburban railway...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh South Suburban Railway (3 Feb 2016)

Jim Eadie: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh South Suburban Railway (3 Feb 2016)

Jim Eadie: I understand that the Scottish Government must operate within feasibility and affordability constraints, but it has been ambitious with other transport infrastructure projects. All that the Lothians MSPs are asking is for the Government to keep an open mind on the issue, to think outside the box and to be prepared to look at innovative ideas that will contribute to the success of not only...

Scottish Parliament: Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying (28 Jan 2016)

Jim Eadie: 9. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. (S4O-05502)

Scottish Parliament: Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying (28 Jan 2016)

Jim Eadie: The minister will be aware that there are still lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Scotland who are afraid to go to school because of their fear of being bullied. What more can the Scottish Government do to ensure that all teachers are fully equipped to tackle bullying wherever it takes place, be that in the classroom or the playground, and that every school in the country...

Scottish Parliament: Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 Jan 2016)

Jim Eadie: I am delighted to be able to speak on the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee’s stage 1 report on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill. The vast majority of the evidence that the committee received was in favour of the reform of the current tenancy regime. The Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 brought about the present system—I am sure that I am not alone in the...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (14 Jan 2016)

Jim Eadie: I welcome the thrust of the bill, which seeks to make our universities’ governance arrangements more inclusive and accountable. The cabinet secretary will be aware of the evidence that was given by Tim O’Shea, who stated: “the success of UK universities in comparison with universities in other parts of Europe is put down to our autonomy and our ability to...


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