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Results 81–100 of 584 for speaker:Richard Lyle

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

Richard Lyle: I know about the TIF project, having served on North Lanarkshire Council previously. Does the minister agree that the project never had a national status? Will the Government give Ravenscraig a national priority status in order to speed up the project?

Scottish Parliament: Mergers and Acquisitions (10 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: I thank John Mason for securing the debate, and I welcome his comments and those of Hanzala Malik. It is important that the debate is a positive one. It is often the case that a merger or acquisition is positive for the companies involved and the national interest, encourages growth in the economy and provides stability for the companies concerned. That said, there have been some recent...

Scottish Parliament: Biodiversity (17 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: As has been noted in the debate, Scotland missed its biodiversity target for 2010, although we were not alone, as the target was missed at global and EU levels. However, that does not mean that we cannot go on to be a world leader by 2020, as is our stated goal.

Scottish Parliament: Biodiversity (17 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: I am sure that the minister will cover that in his summing-up speech, but I do not disagree with the point. The missed target of 2010 should act as the motivation for the Government and the country as a whole to reach our goals for 2020. As always, our goals are ambitious and will not be easy to achieve but, with Government departments and public bodies working together with renewed vigour,...

Scottish Parliament: Make Young People Your Business (29 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: I, too, thank James Dornan for bringing the debate to the chamber. Young people who are just leaving education are extremely important to the Scottish economy. Business needs young, educated people—whether they are coming straight from school or from further or higher education—in order to help businesses grow. That in turn will help those businesses stave off the effects of the current...

Scottish Parliament: Musicians Union Work not Play Campaign (31 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: I, too, am pleased to be taking part in this debate, and I thank Drew Smith for bringing it to the chamber. My family has had a long association with the Musicians Union. As I grew up, my father was a well-known trumpet player in the Lanarkshire area. He was the Eddie Calvert of his day. For those who do not know about Eddie Calvert, I should say that he was a famous English trumpet player,...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lanarkshire (Future Plans) (6 Feb 2013)

Richard Lyle: 1. Presiding Officer, it is very nice to see you back. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS Lanarkshire regarding the board’s future plans. (S4O-01769)

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lanarkshire (Future Plans) (6 Feb 2013)

Richard Lyle: Does the minister share my concern that the Labour Party in Lanarkshire appears to be campaigning to close the mental health unit in Monklands hospital, which serves people from places across the region, including Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Airdrie, Bellshill and district, Kirkintilloch and beyond? Does the minister agree that the campaign should be opposed and the unit should stay open?

Scottish Parliament: Retail Sector (7 Feb 2013)

Richard Lyle: I thank Margaret McCulloch for securing the debate. People often ask me what I did before I entered politics. After I left school, my first job was in retail grocery. I was fortunate to be employed as an assistant grocery manager for the Bellshill and Mossend Co-operative Society, where I stayed for three years. After that, I moved on to the Dalziel Co-operative Society, in Motherwell, first...

Scottish Parliament: Capital Projects (20 Feb 2013)

Richard Lyle: The Tory motion is a tale of two parties—the Scottish Conservatives against not the Scottish National Party but the UK Conservatives. There are different views on capital projects in Scotland and England. In Scotland, the Tories complain that we are not spending enough or are failing to spend money that has been set aside. Everyone but the Tories knows that procurement can take time....

Scottish Parliament: College Merger (Lanarkshire) (27 Feb 2013)

Richard Lyle: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the proposed merger between Motherwell, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld colleges will have on students in Lanarkshire. (S4O-01829)

Scottish Parliament: College Merger (Lanarkshire) (27 Feb 2013)

Richard Lyle: It is often said that a week is a long time in politics. Two days ago, Coatbridge College pulled out of the proposed merger, which I also regret. I hope that it will come back. Does the cabinet secretary agree that if the merger goes ahead, it will provide a wider availability of courses for all students in Lanarkshire, therefore ensuring that students have the opportunity to develop their...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (28 Feb 2013)

Richard Lyle: That is not true.

Scottish Parliament: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 Feb 2013)

Richard Lyle: As a member of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, I am very pleased to take part in the debate and hope in the time available to cover the essence of the bill. Committee members carried out fact-finding visits to salmon rivers, wild fisheries hatcheries, coastal netting stations, fresh and seawater fish farms, scientific stations and processing plants and, with the...

Scottish Parliament: Food Policy (12 Mar 2013)

Richard Lyle: Since the beginning of time, two key items have sustained mankind: water and food. Both are basic to life on this planet and more and more we have to ensure that, first, we have plenty of each, and that each of those important resources is fit for human consumption. Scotland’s key food and drink sector is vital to the Scottish economy, producing quality food, supporting jobs and promoting...

Scottish Parliament: Food Policy (12 Mar 2013)

Richard Lyle: The Scottish Government has done well with the small business bonus. I encourage people to shop at their local shops. Supermarkets are, of course, where most people do their shopping and they now need to ensure that they are sourcing products that customers require—major stores should take note. Food tastes have changed over the decades and the general public enjoy many products from...

Scottish Parliament: Prisoners (Purposeful Activity) (13 Mar 2013)

Richard Lyle: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the number of hours that prisoners are engaged in purposeful activity. (S4O-01897)

Scottish Parliament: Prisoners (Purposeful Activity) (13 Mar 2013)

Richard Lyle: I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer. I know that the Justice Committee is looking at the issue. A press report in the Daily Express on 4 March was headlined, “Lazy cons spend 90% of time doing nothing”. What help is being given to prisoners to access educational courses within prisons? What courses are on offer, and what information is held on prisoners’ pass rates?

Scottish Parliament: “Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-2027” (26 Mar 2013)

Richard Lyle: It is now a number of years since the subject of climate change was first highlighted. In those days, no one gave climate change any serious thought. How things have changed. In the 21st century, we must act on what is one of the main issues in the world today. What we dare to do today will affect the generations that will follow us in this world of ours. What we do today will help to ensure...

Scottish Parliament: Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (16 Apr 2013)

Richard Lyle: I, too, thank David Torrance for bringing the debate to the chamber, and I welcome members of the Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society to their Parliament. In today’s modern society we are often encouraged to look to the future and to the next big thing around the corner. It is important, however, not to forget our past, which has helped to shape who we are as individuals and as a nation, and...


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