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Results 141–160 of 577 for speaker:Richard Lyle

Scottish Parliament: Play Strategy Action Plan (31 Oct 2013)

Richard Lyle: I support the play strategy, as a father and grandfather. My grandson Ruaridh is now a year and a half old, and he teaches his grandfather how to play—of course I, like all grandparents, love it. I believe that the play strategy for Scotland is committed to the development of children, noting as it does that play is a fundamental component of how children grow. It is our responsibility as...

Scottish Parliament: Person-centred Healthcare (5 Nov 2013)

Richard Lyle: Person-centred planning is about learning through shared action; finding creative solutions rather than fitting people into boxes; and problem solving and working together over time to create change in a person’s life. In order to have a truly patient-centred healthcare system, it must be built on solid principles. The first is respect: both patients and carers should have the fundamental...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Sector (7 Nov 2013)

Richard Lyle: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the European Commission regarding the food and drink sector. (S4O-02552)

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Sector (7 Nov 2013)

Richard Lyle: Would the cabinet secretary care to give an opinion on the package of measures that was recently adopted by the EC to strengthen the regulations surrounding food consumption in the European economic community?

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Nov 2013)

Richard Lyle: As the cabinet secretary knows, my wife and I adopted our daughter some 30 years ago. Would he agree with me that because my wife and I do not support same-sex marriage we would not be allowed to adopt today, or that questions would be asked of our suitability to adopt or even to foster? Where are the equal rights of people like us?

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Nov 2013)

Richard Lyle: Presiding Officer, I thank you for the opportunity to take part in the debate. I have been contacted by a large proportion of my constituents about the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, the majority of whom are opposed to the bill. My constituent Ronnie Mathieson questions why we are redefining a word—marriage—that once meant one thing to mean something different. He...

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Nov 2013)

Richard Lyle: No. I do not have time. My wife’s minister, the Rev Derek Hughes, recently emailed us stating that, as the bill stands, it will place supporters of traditional marriage in conflict with equality laws. He went on to say that, at the very least, amendments need to be introduced to the bill to protect ministers, chaplains, teachers and registrars, among others, who will find themselves in an...

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Nov 2013)

Richard Lyle: I know that the bill will be passed eventually, but that does not prevent me from voicing my constituents’ concerns. I intend to vote against the bill, conscious of the fact that I have stood up for my constituents and presented their views.

Scottish Parliament: John F Kennedy Assassination (50th Anniversary) (21 Nov 2013)

Richard Lyle: I thank all members of the Scottish Parliament who supported my motion, which allowed the debate to take place, and I welcome to the chamber Zoja Bazarnic, who is the principal officer at the United States consulate general. I also thank my American intern, Dana Cullen, who aided me in preparing my speech. Today, we remember former US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Tomorrow, 22 November,...

Scottish Parliament: Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Nov 2013)

Richard Lyle: As a member of the Health and Sport Committee, I am pleased to speak in the debate because the committee has spent some time working on the bill and has considered a total of 81 submissions that were received after the call for evidence, and has considered oral evidence that was given by various sources during committee meetings. Further to that, the committee visited projects in Inverness...

Scottish Parliament: Independence White Paper (27 Nov 2013)

Richard Lyle: We should have some serious questions.

Scottish Parliament: Postnatal Depression (Treatment) (11 Dec 2013)

Richard Lyle: 9. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that women with postnatal depression are treated in an appropriate timescale. (S4O-02695)

Scottish Parliament: Postnatal Depression (Treatment) (11 Dec 2013)

Richard Lyle: The minister has already mentioned this, but can he say whether there are clear waiting time targets in place for NHS boards across Scotland to deal with postnatal depression? If so, what steps can the Government take to ensure that my constituents do not have to wait an inordinate amount of time, such as 21 weeks? Is the minister prepared to meet me and one of my constituents to discuss how...

Scottish Parliament: Severe Winter Weather (8 Jan 2014)

Richard Lyle: I welcome the statement and the hard work done not just by the minister himself but by other ministers over the past few weeks. Given the high level of rainfall and severe wind conditions in Scotland over the past number of weeks, what further steps is the minister taking to safeguard all vital services and minimise disruption to residents, and what lessons has he learned in that respect?

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (4 Feb 2014)

Richard Lyle: As an adoptive parent myself, I appeal to the cabinet secretary and to every member in the chamber, whatever their view is of the bill, to understand why I feel that it is incumbent upon me to return with amendment 1 at stage 3. I do so because this is a matter of the utmost importance. People have to experience adopting a child to know what couples go through. Social workers—quite...

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (4 Feb 2014)

Richard Lyle: Presiding Officer, may I have a few seconds to reply some of the comments that have been made?

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (4 Feb 2014)

Richard Lyle: Tonight, I will be out of step with the majority of the Parliament, and I regret that. However, I am grateful for the opportunity to speak at what is undoubtedly an historic moment for Scotland. It is historic because the institution of marriage, which has been at the core of our culture for centuries, is on the cusp of being changed forever. Many people welcome that. They say, “Why not...

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (4 Feb 2014)

Richard Lyle: No, I will not. I have only five minutes. There are adoptive parents out there who are frightened that their opposition to same-sex marriage will be misunderstood. I ask Jackie Baillie and the cabinet secretary to tell the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator about charitable status, because OSCR ain’t listening to the cabinet secretary. He can write OSCR a letter and see where that...

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (4 Feb 2014)

Richard Lyle: That happened before the law is changed. I know that I will not win tonight, but I will vote in line with my conscience, in the way that I have always stood up for my constituents.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Scotland (2020 Vision) (5 Mar 2014)

Richard Lyle: I will try to stay within the six minutes. It is very nice to see Dr Richard Simpson back leading for Labour in the debate. The Scottish Government’s 2020 vision has already been outlined. I feel confident that, because of that vision, everyone in Scotland will be able to live longer and healthier lives at home, or to live in a homely setting in which they feel comfortable, and that we will...


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