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Results 61–80 of 584 for speaker:Richard Lyle

Scottish Parliament: Drink-driving (1 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: The debate is timely. I will bring a historical line to it. Many people think that drink-driving laws came in only in the past 40 years, but that is not true. In 1872, it became an offence to be drunk while in charge of a carriage, horses, cattle or a steam engine.

Scottish Parliament: Drink-driving (1 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: We were not as old as that then, James. Over the years, various other measures have been enacted. In 1925, it became an offence to be found drunk in charge of any mechanically propelled vehicle on any highway or other public place. In 1930, it became an offence to drive, attempt to drive or be in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or any other public place while being “under the influence...

Scottish Parliament: Drink-driving (1 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: I totally agree. As someone who has driven down to Manchester on numerous occasions on the M6, the M74 and the M8 and who has done about 30,000 or 40,000 miles a year, I see people whom I would describe as nutters; I do not know whether that is the right language—

Scottish Parliament: Drink-driving (1 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: I have been passed by people driving at 60, 70, 80 or 90mph; I even remember someone passing me at 100mph in fog. Luckily, the police were about 2 miles down the road and they got him. What a laugh I had when I saw that! The BMA also said: “The risk of involvement in a collision rises significantly once the blood alcohol level rises above 50mg per 100ml of blood.” I listened intently to...

Scottish Parliament: Permanence and Adoption (6 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: How long does the member think it should take to adopt? It took me six years.

Scottish Parliament: Street Traders’ Licences (Funfairs) (8 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that separate street traders’ licences should be obtained for food stalls that operate within the confines of funfairs that have been granted a public entertainment licence. (S4O-01450)

Scottish Parliament: Street Traders’ Licences (Funfairs) (8 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: I thank the minister for his answer. Does he not agree that local authorities should not—I repeat, should not—insist that a separate street trader’s licence be obtained for food stalls that are operated within the confines of a funfair? As he said, that clearly contradicts section 39(3)(e) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lanarkshire (Appointment of Chair) (14 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: 4. To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to appoint the new chair of NHS Lanarkshire. (S4O-01462)

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lanarkshire (Appointment of Chair) (14 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: First, I thank NHS Lanarkshire for providing my successful eye operation last Sunday. I can now see the clock in the chamber. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the appointment of a new chief executive of NHS Lanarkshire is urgent? Will he share with members his thoughts on making the appointment before the end of the year, as I understand that the application date has now passed?

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (22 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: Due to a cut in my speaking time, I will not take interventions. In my 40 years in politics, I have heard many Labour and Tory ministers having to apologise to various Parliaments regarding unintentionally wrong figures that they have given. I am reminded of the old saying, “Let he or she who is without sin cast the first stone.” The cabinet secretary has apologised and, as far as I am...

Scottish Parliament: Health Service (5 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: First, I refer members to my register of interests—I receive a small pension from the NHS. I have previously stated that, prior to joining the Parliament, I worked part time for two years as a driver for the out-of-hours doctor service. I undertook five shifts each month and worked overtime, when required. During that time I saw with my own eyes the excellent NHS that Scotland has and the...

Scottish Parliament: Health Service (5 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: No; I have only four minutes. I agree with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing: the debate should have had more time allocated to it. The NHS should remain a universal health service that is free at the point of need and true to its founding principles. It should remain a publicly funded and delivered service. We should continue to protect front-line services and ensure that NHS...

Scottish Parliament: Health Service (5 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: This Government has defended the NHS in Scotland against cuts that have been implemented by the Tory and Liberal Government and which were caused by the Labour Party. [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Health Service (5 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: I remember the letter that was left by the Labour minister, saying that there was no money left. As I have said, the Labour Party needs to stop using our health service as a political football and to stop talking it down. It is time to talk it up and appreciate our staff. We have a health service to be proud of—and we should admit that. The previous health secretary should be complimented...

Scottish Parliament: Health Service (5 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: The Scottish NHS deserves our thanks, not a continual kicking.

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (12 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: First, I pay tribute to all who work in the fishing industry. The achievements of Scotland’s fishing sector in the past few years have been impressive. I agree with other members that the discarding of fish is a waste of valuable resource. The Government should oppose the EU’s proposed 20 per cent cut in the North Sea cod quota in 2013, which threatens the sustainable fishing practices of...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (12 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: Sadly, I have heard things many a time from the UK Government—

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (12 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: I totally agree with my colleague. Proposed cuts to mackerel quotas are a direct result of overfishing by Faroese and Icelandic vessels. They are in essence a reward for their unsustainable practices. I note that talks in October among Iceland, the Faroes, Norway and the EU—at which a Scottish Government official was present—again failed to reach an agreement on mackerel quotas. Until...

Scottish Parliament: Clydesdale Bank Job Losses (20 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: I congratulate Drew Smith on securing today’s debate on the proposed job losses at Clydesdale Bank. As a Clydesdale customer for more than 40 years, I am surprised by the bank’s actions, as reported by the BBC, to reduce its workforce by nearly 1,400 by 2015. The Glasgow-based lender, which includes Yorkshire Bank, says that bad debts have risen by almost 90 per cent to reach...

Scottish Parliament: Regeneration (Ravenscraig) (9 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what incentives or help it will provide to companies wishing to invest in the regeneration of Ravenscraig in order to speed up the project. (S4O-01656)


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