Richard Lyle: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. If we had not had so many supplementary questions, which were not on the question paper, I would have been able to ask my question, which was very important to my constituents.
Richard Lyle: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this important debate on artificial intelligence, data-driven technologies and the opportunities that they present for the Scottish economy and society. This Parliament has allowed me many opportunities to speak on a whole host of topics and to learn a great deal as we move forward as a country. When I was elected to this place, my daughter...
Richard Lyle: Hear, hear.
Richard Lyle: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what income is generated, and how many jobs are supported, by the leasing of holdings from Forestry and Land Scotland. (S5O-03725)
Richard Lyle: A few weeks ago, my wife and I visited Pitlochry—
Richard Lyle: Yes, I know where it is, Deputy First Minister. We visited Pitlochry because we had tickets for the enchanted forest show, which was excellent, well attended and very well organised. Will the minister join me in complimenting the people who run the enchanted forest, and Forestry and Land Scotland for its involvement in the project? Will she encourage Forestry and Land Scotland to look at the...
Richard Lyle: Hear, hear!
Richard Lyle: Did you not buy a ticket?
Richard Lyle: I know the feeling.
Richard Lyle: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the stage 1 debate on the UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill. I have a confession to make. As many colleagues throughout the chamber know, I am not a football follower. Indeed, when I am asked who I support, I answer, “The players,” because for me it is about the sport and not the teams. I am speaking in the debate because I support the...
Richard Lyle: Oh!
Richard Lyle: That was wasted.
Richard Lyle: That is a good one, Peter.
Richard Lyle: To ensure that there is no doubt and no fudge, as some members have suggested, can the minister confirm that, unlike England, we in Scotland will resist fracking to the best of our ability?
Richard Lyle: Amendment 1, in my name, has attracted the support of colleagues across the chamber. I think that that cross-party support is a reflection of the fact that legitimate concerns are shared by colleagues on all sides. I share those concerns. Members will recall the rather forthright comments that I made the last time the bill was discussed. I must admit that I am concerned. I am the father of...
Richard Lyle: Today, during a school visit by Taylor high school, I was asked what I believe in. I believe in the rule of law and I believe that I should stand up and share my concerns at each and every opportunity, and that, most of the time, I should listen to my constituents who have emailed me, sharing their concerns regarding the bill. I also believe that I should be allowed to share those concerns...
Richard Lyle: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how much compensation has been paid out to residents by the M8/M73/M74 motorway improvements project, including for noise pollution and house damage. (S5O-03562)
Richard Lyle: The cabinet secretary will be acutely aware of the many questions that I have asked both in and outwith this chamber, on behalf of my constituents, about the M8/M73/M74 improvement programme. How soon will we get a fuller picture on whether my constituents will receive other compensation for their inconvenience? How will that information be communicated to them?
Richard Lyle: I have only just joined the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee, but I am wondering whether I have made the right decision. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this committee debate on the pre-release access to statistics bill proposal. A key element of producing official statistics is ensuring that they are properly understood by stakeholders and the public. Pre-release access is...
Richard Lyle: No, I need to make progress—I am using the usual Tory rebuff.