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Results 101–120 of 586 for speaker:Richard Lyle

Scottish Parliament: Motherwell, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld Colleges (17 Apr 2013)

Richard Lyle: 2. To ask the Scottish Government when it last held a joint meeting with the principals of Motherwell, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld colleges and what was discussed. (S4O-01986)

Scottish Parliament: Motherwell, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld Colleges (17 Apr 2013)

Richard Lyle: I will visit Coatbridge College on Friday. Can the minister update members on the current proposal for Motherwell College and Cumbernauld College to amalgamate and on whether Coatbridge College has reconsidered its position on joining in? Does he agree that the joint campus will give students more access to more diverse courses?

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Apr 2013)

Richard Lyle: Like Alison McInnes, I am not a member of the Finance Committee either—

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Apr 2013)

Richard Lyle: Indeed. As has already been stated, the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Bill is a significant piece of legislation, which represents the first transfer of meaningful fiscal power from London to Scotland under the terms of the Scotland Act 2012. The act means that, from April 2015, the Scottish Parliament will be empowered to introduce and manage taxes on the purchase or leasing...

Scottish Parliament: Social Tourism (30 Apr 2013)

Richard Lyle: I thank John Mason for securing the debate. As my good friend Mary Scanlon has already said, it is a first for the Scottish Parliament. Social tourism can mean many things to many people, but its core principle is that people who come from low-income families should have the opportunity to access holidays and experience leisure activities. However, for some, even the simplest of day trips is...

Scottish Parliament: Bees (Health) (1 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to safeguard the health of the bee population. (S4O-02048)

Scottish Parliament: Bees (Health) (1 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: In his answer, the cabinet secretary has more or less replied to the next question that I was going to ask. He will be aware that bee farmers estimate that around 4,000 colonies were lost during the prolonged winter weather. What further support will the Scottish Government give on top of the money he has just spoken about?

Scottish Parliament: Flood Insurance Problems (7 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: I thank the petitioner, Professor David Crichton, for highlighting to the Public Petitions Committee and the Parliament the issue of flood insurance. I welcome the debate about that important issue that the committee is holding. As members will remember, in 2008 the Scottish Government and the Association of British Insurers signed an agreement called the statement of principles on the...

Scottish Parliament: Freshwater Pearl Mussel (8 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: I thank Mary Scanlon for securing this debate on an important and concerning issue. As a member of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, I am greatly interested in the situation that faces the freshwater pearl mussel, so I want to thank Dr Peter Cosgrove and his team for providing me with information at today’s drop-in session, and Buglife for the information that it...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill: Stage 1 (14 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: I am pleased to take part in the debate. Today is historic. For those who do not know, I joined the SNP when I was 16, in 1966. It is hard to imagine that that was nearly 47 years ago.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill: Stage 1 (14 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: Yes, Margo MacDonald is older than me. 18 September 2014 is Scotland’s date with destiny. It is right and just that, in the 21st century, a country that is rich in natural resources, agriculture, history, tradition, passion and talent be governed by the people who live in that country. The solutions to the problems that affect the day-to-day lives of Scotland’s people are best decided by...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill: Stage 1 (14 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: I am sorry, but I am just finishing. On 18 September 2014, I, along with many others, will vote yes to a more equal, fairer and more successful Scotland. I look forward to independence, and I look forward to next year.

Scottish Parliament: Digital Exclusion (14 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: I thank Christina McKelvie for lodging the motion on an issue that is so important at present, and I welcome the opportunity to debate it in the chamber. Having read through the report, “Voices from the frontline ... Digital by default” by Citizens Advice Scotland, I share the views that are expressed and the concerns that have been raised by Inclusion Scotland and Citizens Advice...

Scottish Parliament: Cultural Achievers (15 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: The cabinet secretary may be aware of the celebrating Lanarkshire 2013 initiative, which recognises and celebrates the region’s achievements over the past 200 years and coincides with the bicentenary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone. Will she join me in commending that excellent initiative, which showcases the contribution that Lanarkshire has made not just to Scotland but to the world...

Scottish Parliament: Unscheduled Care (NHS Lanarkshire) (16 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: I seem to remember that the Labour Party wanted to close Monklands A and E.

Scottish Parliament: Unscheduled Care (NHS Lanarkshire) (16 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: Has there been an increase in the number of A and E staff in NHS Lanarkshire in the past five years?

Scottish Parliament: Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector (21 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: I thank Clare Adamson for securing a debate about an issue that we should all be concerned about. I, too, associate myself with the comments about the Scottish Parliament’s commitment to raising housing standards in the private rented sector, in particular with regard to electrical safety. Electrical safety is a priority and has recently been a storyline in a national soap—a character...

Scottish Parliament: Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector (21 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: I thank Clare Adamson for securing a debate about an issue that we should all be concerned about. I, too, associate myself with the comments about the Scottish Parliament’s commitment to raising housing standards in the private rented sector, in particular with regard to electrical safety. Electrical safety is a priority and has recently been a storyline in a national soap—a character...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Road Bridge Bill: Stage 3 (23 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: I, too, am happy to take part in the debate. I will give members a short history lesson, if I may. I have fond memories of using the ferry crossing between North and South Queensferry in the 1960s. I also remember walking across the newly constructed Forth road bridge and the excitement of seeing it when it opened back in September 1964—it was quite something. It is indeed something of an...

Scottish Parliament: Having and Keeping a Home (28 May 2013)

Richard Lyle: I do not think that Alex Johnstone wrote his speech. I am appalled at his speech, which was typical Tory dogma. For 36 years, I was at the sharp end of homelessness: as a local councillor, I worked with families and young people to secure accommodation. People need to be helped, not pilloried as the Tories have done today. As members know, the Scottish Government set out a target to tackle...


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