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Results 181–200 of 569 for speaker:Richard Lyle

Scottish Parliament: Green-belt Land (Woodhall and Faskine Estates) (8 Mar 2018)

Richard Lyle: I am sorry. I am confused, because Mr Simpson’s Tory counterparts in England constantly warn of a housing crisis and say that something must be done to relieve the suffering. They are threatening to remove planning powers from English councils because not enough homes are being built, and where will those homes be built? On green-belt land. The Scottish Tories seem to be operating a double...

Scottish Parliament: Green-belt Land (Woodhall and Faskine Estates) (8 Mar 2018)

Richard Lyle: No. I am sorry, but I do not have time. The EuroPark development will not solve all the housing need issues but, if it is approved, it will add 3,000 new homes where families can put down roots and make lives for themselves. Those lives will include the 1,100 new jobs that the project will create. Furthermore, the project will generate an additional £126 million in household income for the...

Scottish Parliament: Green-belt Land (Woodhall and Faskine Estates) (8 Mar 2018)

Richard Lyle: I thank Graham Simpson for securing the debate. I am certain of the immense importance of our environment, and it is impossible to overstate the significance of its conservation. That is a worthy goal, but it must have its proper limits. It is well known that Scotland’s population is rising. The number of households around Scotland’s four main cities is projected to rise by up to 24 per...

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (8 Feb 2018)

Richard Lyle: I am delighted to contribute to this stage 1 debate on the Islands (Scotland) Bill, particularly as a member of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, which takes a keen interest in the areas that the bill addresses. I pay tribute to all who gave evidence, the clerks, the convener and members of the committee, and, of course, Humza Yousaf, the Minister for Transport and the Islands. I...

Scottish Parliament: New Housing Stock (31 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: How does the Scottish Government’s supply of affordable housing per capita compare to the United Kingdom Government’s supply in England?

Scottish Parliament: Justice (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: I will begin by reflecting on the nature of the motion that is before the chamber today, which I believe has a deeply personal undertone. That is why I want to start my remarks by focusing on my personal experience of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

Scottish Parliament: Justice (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: Members can be bored with that if they want to be. I first met Michael Matheson some 21 years ago, when he was standing as the SNP candidate for Hamilton North and Bellshill during the election in 1997. At that time, I was a member of the Bellshill branch of the SNP and he was nominated by the Mossend branch as the constituency candidate—and he was an excellent one. I believe that it was...

Scottish Parliament: Justice (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: Maybe not, but I—[ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Justice (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: Yes, I will speak to that, Presiding Officer. I believe that Michael Matheson is honest, forthright and someone who can be relied on at every opportunity to provide accurate information. I was very impressed by the cabinet secretary, and I remember saying to him, “You’ll go far, son.” I am sorry that I did not keep a record or a minute of the meeting. For the Tory Party to bring this...

Scottish Parliament: Justice (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: No, that is not long enough—I could go on. In closing, I will paraphrase a rather famous comment made by Senator Bentsen to Dan Quayle in the 1988 United States vice-presidential debate. I know Michael Matheson. He is a friend of mine. Michael Matheson is an exceptional cabinet secretary. I suggest that members accept his word on this issue—

Scottish Parliament: Justice (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: —and reject this personal attack on his character and integrity.

Scottish Parliament: Small Businesses (Confidence) (11 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: What is the First Minister’s view of recent comments by the Tory party and, in particular, of Murdo Fraser MSP’s criticism of her Government’s aid to small businesses? Does she agree that that is another example of Tory double standards?

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow 2018 European Championships (10 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: I will try to speak to the motion, not ask for more money and conclude on time. The European championships, which will be hosted by Glasgow and Berlin, are an event to look forward to. They mark an exciting era in multisport events, bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports including the existing European championships for athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow 2018 European Championships (10 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: I am, however, no less excited about the upcoming games, both for Glasgow and my area. Once again, Strathclyde country park, part of which is in my constituency, will play host to a European event. I say to Mr Mason that I will explain more about that in a moment. Glasgow and the surrounding areas have made it clear time and again that they are up to the challenge of hosting major...

Scottish Parliament: Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 (10 Jan 2018)

Richard Lyle: I thank Adam Tomkins MSP for organising this debate, which is of extreme importance, on national Holocaust memorial day, which takes place later this month. The memorial day serves as another poignant reminder of the horrific actions and human rights violations that took place during the second world war. The reality of the Holocaust is inescapable. Between 1933 and 1945, when the Nazis were...

Scottish Parliament: Bank Branch Closures (14 Dec 2017)

Richard Lyle: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests, as I am an ex-employee of RBS and receive a monthly pension from it. I thank Kate Forbes for bringing the debate to the chamber. I joined Royscot Financial Services in 1990. That company dealt in financial services and was part of the RBS group of companies. When I joined RBS, the shares were worth £1. Steadily, over the...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainability of Council Services (Discussions) (6 Dec 2017)

Richard Lyle: I would have thought that John Scott would have known that a housing budget is entirely separate from a revenue budget. I was a councillor for 36 years, and I know that. Will the minister confirm whether the 2017-18 finance settlement, including the increase in council tax and health and social care integration funding, means that local government has an extra £383 million, or 3.7 per cent,...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol and Drugs Strategies (28 Nov 2017)

Richard Lyle: Will the minister outline how people with lived experience of substance abuse will be able to inform the new strategy?

Scottish Parliament: Equally Safe (28 Nov 2017)

Richard Lyle: As members have already reflected, the motion is important. It allows the Parliament not only to categorically recognise and mark our contribution to the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, but to underline our absolute understanding that violence against women is a fundamental violation of human rights. Across the entire chamber, we are committed to tackling it and I stand...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 (Implementation) (23 Nov 2017)

Richard Lyle: Can the cabinet secretary confirm that the Scottish Government will engage with retailers to ensure that they are involved in the implementation process?

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