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Richard Lyle: Sorry.
Richard Lyle: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?
Richard Lyle: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention on that point?
Richard Lyle: With regard to the cabinet secretary’s discussions with NHS Lanarkshire, I welcome her decision to review the consultation on possible sites for the proposed new Monklands hospital. Can she advise Parliament how long the review will take?
Richard Lyle: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to clear the land near the Shawhead flyover of building materials, barriers and fences from the M8, M73 and M74 motorway improvements. (S5O-02580)
Richard Lyle: I will be interested to know which coming months, because it is getting to be a bit of an eyesore. I welcome the work that was done, but there is still a lot of clean-up to be done. When will the site be cleared and finally restored to the state that it was in prior to the works, as the current situation is totally unacceptable?
Richard Lyle: That is called, “Let’s do it”—it is always a pleasure to follow my esteemed colleague Mr Neil. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this debate on developing Scotland’s digital industries for our economic future. I thank my colleague the minister for bringing forward a debate that provides us with the opportunity to talk about the investment that the Government has delivered...
Richard Lyle: Yes—so long as it is a good one.
Richard Lyle: Finlay Carson’s Government—I do not call it the UK Government; I call it the English Government—has wasted so much money and caused so much misery to people over the years, but he has the cheek to stand up and talk about the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government is doing far better than his Government has ever done in its puff. As members will note from a previous contribution on...
Richard Lyle: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to mitigate the potential impact of the closure of the Cairngorm funicular railway on the area’s economy. (S5O-02544)
Richard Lyle: Tourism plays a significant role in our economy, and winter sports are of particular importance to the rural economy. Will the cabinet secretary outline what is being done to develop further opportunities for the Cairngorms funicular and other winter sports facilities? What help is being given to reopen the railway as soon as possible?
Richard Lyle: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to such an important debate. I begin by stating clearly that I view the bill and the topic through the prism of international human rights and the progressive ideology that we in Scotland wish to show as an example to the rest of the world. The bill builds on the announcements made by the First Minister in her programme for government on embedding the...
Richard Lyle: I welcome Alex Cole-Hamilton’s intervention. I got his name right for change—that is a wee joke that he and I have. I know how passionate he is about pushing for a greater increase, but we need to be realistic. I live in the real world, where we are raising the age of criminal responsibility from eight to 12. It may be 14 or older in other countries, but it is a step in the right...
Richard Lyle: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will pass on any health budget consequentials resulting from the United Kingdom budget to Scotland’s national health service. (S5O-02513)
Richard Lyle: We know that the Tories’ promised uplift for Scotland’s NHS has already been cut by £50 million, with the cumulative impact being that more than a quarter of a billion pounds will be withheld from Scotland’s health service over the next five years. In its budget, the UK Government failed to set out that further consequentials over the years to come would not be cut further, thereby...
Richard Lyle: What a shame.
Richard Lyle: W ill the member take an intervention?
Richard Lyle: Will the member take an intervention?
Richard Lyle: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on a digital society for all, and I thank the minister for the opportunity to talk about the record of the Government on delivering digital participation, thereby providing better access to fair work and higher-wage jobs, which were a key priority for me in my election to Parliament. Many members may think that they know all about...
Richard Lyle: Will the Government set out how it is ensuring that, where there are good examples of partnership working across Scotland between local authorities and ELC providers, the lessons can be applied to areas where partnership working needs to be improved?