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Results 501–520 of 586 for speaker:Richard Lyle

Scottish Parliament: Musicians Union Work not Play Campaign (31 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: I, too, am pleased to be taking part in this debate, and I thank Drew Smith for bringing it to the chamber. My family has had a long association with the Musicians Union. As I grew up, my father was a well-known trumpet player in the Lanarkshire area. He was the Eddie Calvert of his day. For those who do not know about Eddie Calvert, I should say that he was a famous English trumpet player,...

Scottish Parliament: Make Young People Your Business (29 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: I, too, thank James Dornan for bringing the debate to the chamber. Young people who are just leaving education are extremely important to the Scottish economy. Business needs young, educated people—whether they are coming straight from school or from further or higher education—in order to help businesses grow. That in turn will help those businesses stave off the effects of the current...

Scottish Parliament: Biodiversity (17 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: As has been noted in the debate, Scotland missed its biodiversity target for 2010, although we were not alone, as the target was missed at global and EU levels. However, that does not mean that we cannot go on to be a world leader by 2020, as is our stated goal.

Scottish Parliament: Biodiversity (17 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: I am sure that the minister will cover that in his summing-up speech, but I do not disagree with the point. The missed target of 2010 should act as the motivation for the Government and the country as a whole to reach our goals for 2020. As always, our goals are ambitious and will not be easy to achieve but, with Government departments and public bodies working together with renewed vigour,...

Scottish Parliament: Mergers and Acquisitions (10 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: I thank John Mason for securing the debate, and I welcome his comments and those of Hanzala Malik. It is important that the debate is a positive one. It is often the case that a merger or acquisition is positive for the companies involved and the national interest, encourages growth in the economy and provides stability for the companies concerned. That said, there have been some recent...

Scottish Parliament: Regeneration (Ravenscraig) (9 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what incentives or help it will provide to companies wishing to invest in the regeneration of Ravenscraig in order to speed up the project. (S4O-01656)

Scottish Parliament: Regeneration (Ravenscraig) (9 Jan 2013)

Richard Lyle: I know about the TIF project, having served on North Lanarkshire Council previously. Does the minister agree that the project never had a national status? Will the Government give Ravenscraig a national priority status in order to speed up the project?

Scottish Parliament: Clydesdale Bank Job Losses (20 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: I congratulate Drew Smith on securing today’s debate on the proposed job losses at Clydesdale Bank. As a Clydesdale customer for more than 40 years, I am surprised by the bank’s actions, as reported by the BBC, to reduce its workforce by nearly 1,400 by 2015. The Glasgow-based lender, which includes Yorkshire Bank, says that bad debts have risen by almost 90 per cent to reach...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (12 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: First, I pay tribute to all who work in the fishing industry. The achievements of Scotland’s fishing sector in the past few years have been impressive. I agree with other members that the discarding of fish is a waste of valuable resource. The Government should oppose the EU’s proposed 20 per cent cut in the North Sea cod quota in 2013, which threatens the sustainable fishing practices of...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (12 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: Sadly, I have heard things many a time from the UK Government—

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (12 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: I totally agree with my colleague. Proposed cuts to mackerel quotas are a direct result of overfishing by Faroese and Icelandic vessels. They are in essence a reward for their unsustainable practices. I note that talks in October among Iceland, the Faroes, Norway and the EU—at which a Scottish Government official was present—again failed to reach an agreement on mackerel quotas. Until...

Scottish Parliament: Health Service (5 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: First, I refer members to my register of interests—I receive a small pension from the NHS. I have previously stated that, prior to joining the Parliament, I worked part time for two years as a driver for the out-of-hours doctor service. I undertook five shifts each month and worked overtime, when required. During that time I saw with my own eyes the excellent NHS that Scotland has and the...

Scottish Parliament: Health Service (5 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: No; I have only four minutes. I agree with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing: the debate should have had more time allocated to it. The NHS should remain a universal health service that is free at the point of need and true to its founding principles. It should remain a publicly funded and delivered service. We should continue to protect front-line services and ensure that NHS...

Scottish Parliament: Health Service (5 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: This Government has defended the NHS in Scotland against cuts that have been implemented by the Tory and Liberal Government and which were caused by the Labour Party. [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Health Service (5 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: I remember the letter that was left by the Labour minister, saying that there was no money left. As I have said, the Labour Party needs to stop using our health service as a political football and to stop talking it down. It is time to talk it up and appreciate our staff. We have a health service to be proud of—and we should admit that. The previous health secretary should be complimented...

Scottish Parliament: Health Service (5 Dec 2012)

Richard Lyle: The Scottish NHS deserves our thanks, not a continual kicking.

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (22 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: Due to a cut in my speaking time, I will not take interventions. In my 40 years in politics, I have heard many Labour and Tory ministers having to apologise to various Parliaments regarding unintentionally wrong figures that they have given. I am reminded of the old saying, “Let he or she who is without sin cast the first stone.” The cabinet secretary has apologised and, as far as I am...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lanarkshire (Appointment of Chair) (14 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: 4. To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to appoint the new chair of NHS Lanarkshire. (S4O-01462)

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lanarkshire (Appointment of Chair) (14 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: First, I thank NHS Lanarkshire for providing my successful eye operation last Sunday. I can now see the clock in the chamber. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the appointment of a new chief executive of NHS Lanarkshire is urgent? Will he share with members his thoughts on making the appointment before the end of the year, as I understand that the application date has now passed?

Scottish Parliament: Street Traders’ Licences (Funfairs) (8 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that separate street traders’ licences should be obtained for food stalls that operate within the confines of funfairs that have been granted a public entertainment licence. (S4O-01450)

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