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Results 1–20 of 574 for speaker:Richard Lyle

Scottish Parliament: Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain (14 Jan 2020)

Richard Lyle: First, I thank the many members who signed the motion. Once again, a motion about showmen has gained support from members within a day. As an organisation, the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is more than 130 years old, and the guild has a proud history. I welcome to the Scottish Parliament the following chairs and vice-chairs from all the sections in Great Britain. In...

Scottish Parliament: Digital Economy Budget (8 Jan 2020)

Richard Lyle: My question is supplementary to question 1. Can the minister outline what additional support is available to businesses and individuals to build their digital capabilities?

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion (19 Dec 2019)

Richard Lyle: I’ll vote for that—[ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Domestic and Emotional Abuse (Prosecutions and Convictions) (11 Dec 2019)

Richard Lyle: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how many prosecutions and convictions there have been for domestic and emotional abuse since 1 April 2019. (S5O-03884)

Scottish Parliament: Domestic and Emotional Abuse (Prosecutions and Convictions) (11 Dec 2019)

Richard Lyle: The recently published Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline 2018-19 annual report makes for grim reading. There has been a 25 per cent increase in the volume of calls to the helpline , which dealt with 3,191 contacts in 2018-19. Ninety-five per cent of the calls were from women who were seeking support for themselves and their children, who witnessed the abuse. What steps...

Scottish Parliament: Small Businesses (Support) (10 Dec 2019)

Richard Lyle: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support small businesses. (S5T-01920)

Scottish Parliament: Small Businesses (Support) (10 Dec 2019)

Richard Lyle: Many small businesses require the help of the Scottish Government’s small business bonus scheme to continue to trade. At this point, I declare, as an MSP, that my constituency office receives relief through the small business bonus scheme. I wonder how many Opposition MSPs have declared that interest at committee. It is, I am led to believe, proposed by Opposition members that we remove...

Scottish Parliament: Small Businesses (Support) (10 Dec 2019)

Richard Lyle: There we have it. The Opposition parties would remove the scheme at their peril. The SNP Government has helped small businesses to survive and wishes to see continuation of the scheme. What steps has the Government taken to ensure that it will continue?

Scottish Parliament: Farming (Support for Environmental Sustainability) (4 Dec 2019)

Richard Lyle: Does the minister share my concern that if the Tories win the UK election and we are forced to Brexit, our current high environmental standards, which protect plant and tree health and animal welfare, will be driven down and abandoned in a race to the bottom in order to win dodgy trade deals?

Scottish Parliament: M90 Commerce Park (Waste) (28 Nov 2019)

Richard Lyle: It does not seem to be fair that the local community and residents have to put up with such an eyesore. Why has the Scottish Government, or the local authority, not simply cleared the site and sorted out later who is responsible?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland as a Science Nation (26 Nov 2019)

Richard Lyle: I will try not to mention politics, Brexit, or the single word that the Tories are concentrating on because they do not have a single effective policy. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate. Scotland’s contribution to the world is renowned—from mammal cloning to the television, to penicillin, to the telephone to many more inventions. Scotland is a science and research...

Scottish Parliament: Catholic Schools (26 Nov 2019)

Richard Lyle: I have been a Scottish National Party politician for some 43 years and it is a pleasure to speak in the debate. I thank Elaine Smith for bringing it to the chamber. Last year, Catholic schools celebrated a 100-year anniversary. The Education (Scotland) Act 1918 rightly brought Roman Catholic schools into the state education system, while allowing them to retain their religious character,...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Richard Lyle: Scotland needs a seat at the top table for these key fisheries negotiations now more than ever. In fact, allowing our cabinet secretary to lead the negotiations on behalf of the UK would mean that full preparations could be made away from the post-election turmoil in London. That said, I wish to reflect on some of the salient issues in the debate: namely, that we should follow the best...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Richard Lyle: Do not lecture me. No, I will not take an intervention—you did not take some of ours. In the 21st century, the Tories were attempting to enshrine the common fisheries policy in the European treaties, while the SNP was attempting to return controls to the fishing industry. To be fair to the Tories, it was not always them. Successive Westminster Governments—under the Tories, Labour, and the...

Scottish Parliament: Prestwick Airport (13 Nov 2019)

Richard Lyle: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. If we had not had so many supplementary questions, which were not on the question paper, I would have been able to ask my question, which was very important to my constituents.

Scottish Parliament: Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven Technologies (13 Nov 2019)

Richard Lyle: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this important debate on artificial intelligence, data-driven technologies and the opportunities that they present for the Scottish economy and society. This Parliament has allowed me many opportunities to speak on a whole host of topics and to learn a great deal as we move forward as a country. When I was elected to this place, my daughter...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Scotland (Leasing of Holdings) (7 Nov 2019)

Richard Lyle: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what income is generated, and how many jobs are supported, by the leasing of holdings from Forestry and Land Scotland. (S5O-03725)

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Scotland (Leasing of Holdings) (7 Nov 2019)

Richard Lyle: A few weeks ago, my wife and I visited Pitlochry—


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