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Results 181–200 of 582 for speaker:Richard Lyle

Scottish Parliament: Housing (23 May 2018)

Richard Lyle: I am ready, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Housing (23 May 2018)

Richard Lyle: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to a debate on an issue with which I am very familiar, having served as a councillor on Motherwell District Council and, subsequently, on North Lanarkshire Council for some 36 years. Housing is, of course, a core role for local government. I hope that today’s debate will provide me with an opportunity to address that...

Scottish Parliament: “Scotland’s Digital Health and Care Strategy” (9 May 2018)

Richard Lyle: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how the digital health and care strategy will help to deliver person-centred care. (S5O-02058)

Scottish Parliament: “Scotland’s Digital Health and Care Strategy” (9 May 2018)

Richard Lyle: How does the strategy contribute to the on-going work on the integration of health and social care in our communities? Does the cabinet secretary agree that the use of a mix of technology, as well as traditional methods, is key to delivering sustainable care now and in the future?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (8 May 2018)

Richard Lyle: Mr Lindhurst should look at his own party’s incompetence. As we debate the Scottish national investment bank, the word “ambition” jumps to the fore: ambition for Scotland, its economy and its people. I welcome the publication of the “Scottish National Investment Bank Implementation Plan”, as I consider it to be yet another milestone in our journey of delivering the environment to...

Scottish Parliament: Electric Vehicle Charging Points (18 Apr 2018)

Richard Lyle: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve the provision and variety of locations of charging points for electric vehicles. (S5O-01978)

Scottish Parliament: Electric Vehicle Charging Points (18 Apr 2018)

Richard Lyle: I raise with the minister the case of a constituent who wished to use the Government’s generous scheme to install a charging point but was denied permission to do so by his housing association. Does the minister agree that we should encourage, rather than discourage, the installation of charging points? I invite the minister to have further discussions with the housing minister about...

Scottish Parliament: Air Quality (17 Apr 2018)

Richard Lyle: Scotland has much to be proud of in its role as a leader on the issue. With more stringent air quality targets than elsewhere in the UK, and with domestic and European targets across much of Scotland being met, we are making progress. “Cleaner Air for Scotland: The Road to a Healthier Future”, which was Scotland’s first national air quality strategy, was published in 2015. It set out...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Mar 2018)

Richard Lyle: I will get all that time, so thank you, Presiding Officer. I welcome the opportunity to speak on an issue that is important to all our constituents, including mine in Uddingston and Bellshill. The bill concerns the responsible allocation of funds in relation to the Scottish Government’s debt limit, and it is on that point that I will begin my remarks. I have no doubt that no one in the...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Mar 2018)

Richard Lyle: Every house that is built is a house that houses a family. The member knows that as well as I do. The ONS acknowledges that if we do not agree to proceed with the bill, RSLs will continue to be classified as public sector bodies in the national accounts, with the result that all new net borrowing by RSLs will count against the Government’s borrowing requirements. That would impose a...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Richard Lyle: I want to begin this afternoon by reflecting. I know that many members across the chamber believe that I am always for development, but I am also a believer in conservation, particularly when it comes to the aims of this bill. We are privileged in Scotland to have beautiful areas that are enriched with forests and trees. Aberdeenshire, for example, which I have visited a lot recently, is...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Richard Lyle: I do not have time. I am sorry. I thank the cabinet secretary for his work and the approach that he has taken on the bill. He has continually made himself and officials available to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee in its considerations and has sought to work collaboratively with those who have an interest in doing so. He has my high respect. Of course, the cabinet secretary has...

Scottish Parliament: Green-belt Land (Woodhall and Faskine Estates) (8 Mar 2018)

Richard Lyle: I am sorry. I am confused, because Mr Simpson’s Tory counterparts in England constantly warn of a housing crisis and say that something must be done to relieve the suffering. They are threatening to remove planning powers from English councils because not enough homes are being built, and where will those homes be built? On green-belt land. The Scottish Tories seem to be operating a double...

Scottish Parliament: Green-belt Land (Woodhall and Faskine Estates) (8 Mar 2018)

Richard Lyle: No. I am sorry, but I do not have time. The EuroPark development will not solve all the housing need issues but, if it is approved, it will add 3,000 new homes where families can put down roots and make lives for themselves. Those lives will include the 1,100 new jobs that the project will create. Furthermore, the project will generate an additional £126 million in household income for the...

Scottish Parliament: Green-belt Land (Woodhall and Faskine Estates) (8 Mar 2018)

Richard Lyle: I thank Graham Simpson for securing the debate. I am certain of the immense importance of our environment, and it is impossible to overstate the significance of its conservation. That is a worthy goal, but it must have its proper limits. It is well known that Scotland’s population is rising. The number of households around Scotland’s four main cities is projected to rise by up to 24 per...

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (8 Feb 2018)

Richard Lyle: I am delighted to contribute to this stage 1 debate on the Islands (Scotland) Bill, particularly as a member of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, which takes a keen interest in the areas that the bill addresses. I pay tribute to all who gave evidence, the clerks, the convener and members of the committee, and, of course, Humza Yousaf, the Minister for Transport and the Islands. I...

Scottish Parliament: New Housing Stock (31 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: How does the Scottish Government’s supply of affordable housing per capita compare to the United Kingdom Government’s supply in England?

Scottish Parliament: Justice (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: I will begin by reflecting on the nature of the motion that is before the chamber today, which I believe has a deeply personal undertone. That is why I want to start my remarks by focusing on my personal experience of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

Scottish Parliament: Justice (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: Members can be bored with that if they want to be. I first met Michael Matheson some 21 years ago, when he was standing as the SNP candidate for Hamilton North and Bellshill during the election in 1997. At that time, I was a member of the Bellshill branch of the SNP and he was nominated by the Mossend branch as the constituency candidate—and he was an excellent one. I believe that it was...


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