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Results 181–200 of 574 for speaker:Richard Lyle

Scottish Parliament: Royston (Regeneration) (24 Jun 2014)

Richard Lyle: Like James Dornan, I will cut out half my speech. I thank Bob Doris for lodging this motion, which welcomes the creation of the Royston strategy group, which includes several community groups, Blochairn Housing Association, Copperworks Housing Co-operative, Rosemount Development Trust, Royston corridor homes, Royston Youth Action and Spire View Housing Association, which will all collaborate...

Scottish Parliament: Polypropylene Mesh Devices (26 Jun 2014)

Richard Lyle: As a member of the Health and Sport Committee I welcome today’s statement and I compliment the cabinet secretary on his action. The cabinet secretary said that alternative care pathways would be developed for women who have suffered complications and women who decide to go ahead with a mesh procedure. Can the cabinet secretary offer any guidance on how quickly those pathways could be in place?

Scottish Parliament: Commonwealth Games (Legacy) (7 Aug 2014)

Richard Lyle: First, I say to George Adam that if I had known that he was looking for free tickets I would have given him my two boxing tickets, which I had unfortunately to forgo.

Scottish Parliament: Commonwealth Games (Legacy) (7 Aug 2014)

Richard Lyle: I thought that I would get George Adam back. I add my congratulations to everyone who played a part in delivering such a successful Commonwealth games. We proved to the world without a shadow of a doubt that Scotland is more than capable of hosting major events such as the games on time and on budget. That will be demonstrated again when Scotland hosts the golfing world for the 2014 Ryder...

Scottish Parliament: Childcare Costs (14 Aug 2014)

Richard Lyle: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the cost of childcare. (S4O-03455)

Scottish Parliament: Childcare Costs (14 Aug 2014)

Richard Lyle: Recent Scottish Parliament information centre research shows that families in the United Kingdom spend 27 per cent of their income on childcare, which is more than double the percentage of income that is spent on childcare in many small independent countries. What action will the Scottish Government take to remedy that in an independent Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Housing (30 Sep 2014)

Richard Lyle: Housing is important to people in communities. It is incumbent on us to provide well-planned, good-quality housing because it contributes to strong resilient communities, and promotes economic growth within them. Good-quality housing can have a positive impact on people’s quality of life and reduce additional costs in other public sector budgets, for example in the health service. I...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (30 Sep 2014)

Richard Lyle: No, I will not. That boost to the construction industry is helped by the Scottish Government’s commitment to boosting the demand for home ownership through help to buy schemes. From the launch of the help to buy Scotland scheme in September 2013 to May 2014, there were 1,220 confirmed sales and 3,749 approved applications for the scheme. Those figures are reassuring and show that the scheme...

Scottish Parliament: Lobbying (6 Nov 2014)

Richard Lyle: I, too, am delighted to take part in this debate on lobbying, particularly as a member of the Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. In my speech, I will highlight various comments by organisations that have presented their evidence to the committee. The committee has spent a great deal of time considering the issues surrounding lobbying, and I hope that my...

Scottish Parliament: Lobbying (6 Nov 2014)

Richard Lyle: In that case, I will read out the paragraphs that I was going to miss out. The debate about transparency in lobbying has given way to one that focuses on professional standards. Any proposals should support the voluntary structures that regulate lobbyists and promote lobbying as a professional community. To conclude, I would like to thank each of the organisations that I have cited in my...

Scottish Parliament: Cleaning (Wall and Hanging Glass Panels) (13 Nov 2014)

Richard Lyle: 8. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what action it is taking to clean the wall and hanging glass panels in the chamber. (S4O-03699) They are above you. [Laughter.]

Scottish Parliament: Cleaning (Wall and Hanging Glass Panels) (13 Nov 2014)

Richard Lyle: I thank the member, although that was not my understanding. I will certainly check that. Is the work put out to tender or is it done in house? Members: Do you want the job? [Laughter.]

Scottish Parliament: Drink-drive Limit (18 Nov 2014)

Richard Lyle: As already stated, a drink-driving limit has been in place since 1965. Since then, social attitudes towards those who drink drive have changed; they have changed dramatically since the 1960s, with most people taking a hard-line stance on the issues surrounding drink driving. I would go as far as to say that the people of Scotland have developed a strong social conscience towards the issue of...

Scottish Parliament: Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry (25 Nov 2014)

Richard Lyle: I thank the cabinet secretary for her statement and wish her well in her new job. In her statement, the cabinet secretary has detailed what she intends to do with regard to all the recommendations that have been made and the actions that she intends to take. Does she intend to ensure that all steps are taken to update regularly all those involved—families, the Parliament and the Health and...

Scottish Parliament: Private Sector Rent Reform (3 Dec 2014)

Richard Lyle: No thanks. I have only four minutes. The Government then published its draft consultation on the proposed new type of private rented sector tenancy. I am sure that, after considering the views of the people who responded to the consultation, the Government will act accordingly. The Government has a track record of looking carefully at the issues that the private rented sector faces. It has...

Scottish Parliament: Private Sector Rent Reform (3 Dec 2014)

Richard Lyle: No. I do not have time. Those representatives informed me that the UK Government is charging 20 per cent VAT, instead of 5 per cent VAT, on replacement windows. That is another example of where we could improve matters and help to address fuel poverty, if we were minded to do so and if the UK Government would do so. I am sure that the Scottish Government is committed to taking action on the...

Scottish Parliament: Private Sector Rent Reform (3 Dec 2014)

Richard Lyle: I commiserate with Mary Fee on her sore throat, and I hope that it gets better. I read the Labour Party’s motion with interest and, indeed, found it interesting that it “believes that private rented sector tenancies should be reformed to provide tenants with greater security of tenure”. I understand that the Government is taking action to improve that area, so it is already doing that....

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (3 Dec 2014)

Richard Lyle: I begin my remarks by reflecting on the work that the NHS does. Scotland’s NHS is a world leader in healthcare and a public service that is absolutely essential to the lives of everyone who lives in our country. No matter whether we are young or old, at some point in our lives we will call on the services of our NHS. I note with interest that Neil Findlay calls for a “full-scale review of...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (3 Dec 2014)

Richard Lyle: Our Government has a track record of protecting the NHS despite the cuts enforced by Westminster. The Labour Party would do well to remember that. Our Government is committed to engaging with and listening to all who are involved in healthcare in Scotland. Our Government will always seek to improve, where possible. NHS Lanarkshire has improved rates for cancer patients, 95.7 per cent of whom...

Scottish Parliament: North Lanarkshire Council (Meetings) (10 Dec 2014)

Richard Lyle: 8. To ask the Scottish Government when the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights last met North Lanarkshire Council. (S4O-03808)


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